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Country Folks Grower is a business to business publication offering coast to coast coverage through three regional editions.

Each monthly issue covers all facets of growing and marketing fresh market and ornamental crops.

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Making holiday memories

The Swansons started selling Christmas trees at their restaurant. Today, they have both autumn and winter activities and a thriving seedling business. Photo courtesy of Swanson’s Big Red Barn

by Sally Colby

When Peter Swanson was young, his father worked as a lumberjack. Peter recalled that during the two-week deer season, lumbering operations were shut down and there was no work.

The Pumpkin Patch thrives on agritourism, diversification

In addition to their own farming operation, the Eggers are involved with Africa New Life, which helps teach agricultural practices in remote villages in Africa. Photo courtesy of the Pumpkin Patch

by Aliya Hall

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island in Portland, OR, has been going strong for over 50 years and is now on its third generation, sparking new changes at the […]

Conserving hemp diversity

The quality of cultivars is getting better, according to Cornell’s Jacob Toth. They are seeing less males and less THC in the cannabinoid varieties. Growers learned about the best cultivars at this year’s Hemp Research Team Field Day. Photo by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

By now, many growers know someone growing hemp or have considered looking into the crop themselves. CBD products […]

A legacy of fun

Suzanne Stokoe and her parents Larry and Martha are continuing on the family farm tradition. Stokoe Farms dates back to 1812. Photo courtesy of Stokoe Farms

by Sally Colby

When Suzanne Stokoe left the family farm for college, she had no plans to return.

“I went to school for biology, worked at a research facility then became a veterinary technician,” said Suzanne.

Unique partnership produces Midwest Flower Trials

Growers Chris Williams of K&W Greenery and Brian Karthauser of Karthauser & Sons view flower trial gardens at West Madison Agriculture Research Station. Both serve on the Commercial Growers of Wisconsin Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of John Esser of CGW

by Gail March Yerke

Trial gardens across the country offer a great opportunity for greenhouse growers to see firsthand how plant varieties […]

Harvesting the best Brussels sprouts

Eating quality of Brussels sprouts improves after a light frost, and the plants will survive down to 20º F. Photo courtesy of Becky Sideman

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

“Brussels sprouts have become more popular in the last 10 years,” said University of New Hampshire (UNH) Extension Fruit and Vegetable Production Field Specialist Heather Bryant. […]