How to attract more customers

2019-04-08T18:58:17-05:00April 8, 2019|Grower, Grower Midwest|

by Katie Navarra

Improving sales at a farmers market stand can feel like a daunting task. Customers stream by without making eye contact or they stop and ask a question, only to walk away without purchasing anything. Speakers at a recent direct marketing conference hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension provided cost-effective strategies that can help every farm increase sales. (more…)

Education is sweet at Bee Wise Farms

2019-04-08T10:06:26-05:00April 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Enrico Villamaino

Running a combination farm/apiary of any size is a challenging enterprise, and the time, toil and toleration it takes is worthy of admiration. So it is even more impressive when a young farm/apiary is able to expand its size and scope of services so swiftly while also engaging in programs to better serve those in its community. Bee Wise Farms in Lansing, MI, is an ideal example of this type of success. (more…)

Growing for chefs

2019-03-08T13:45:18-05:00March 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Courtney Llewellyn

CHICAGO – It can be difficult if not seemingly impossible to eat well while on the go, especially when faced with literal miles of fast food restaurants as you wander through an airport during a lengthy layover. O’Hare International Airport saw this and has stepped up to provide travelers – and the chefs who prepare their food – some green relief.

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Saffron ~ Vegetable gold in the cold

2019-03-08T14:22:42-05:00March 8, 2019|Grower|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Saffron’s flavor has been described as “metallic honey with grassy notes” or “hay-like and sweet.” It is an extremely subtle and fragrant spice, difficult to describe in taste but immediately recognizable in a dish. It has been associated with the Mediterranean and Middle East for centuries, but recently, it has been taking root somewhere somewhat unexpected – Vermont.

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Take a break from tomatoes

2019-03-08T09:07:25-05:00March 8, 2019|Grower Midwest|

by Sally Colby

Growers who are just starting with high tunnel production are satisfied when the structure is bursting with a profitable crop. There’s a significant investment in the tunnel, and growers want to offset costs by continually growing high-value crops. In many cases, that crop is tomatoes.

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Greens for all seasons

2019-02-12T09:23:48-05:00February 12, 2019|Grower|

by Sally Colby

Zach Lester has an extensive history of growing nearly every kind of vegetable, both outside and indoors. After successfully operating his own Tree and Leaf Farm in Fauquier County, VA, Lester has taken his talent to Potomac Vegetable Farms.

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Longfellow’s uses technology to keep moving forward

2019-02-12T09:20:11-05:00February 12, 2019|Grower|

by Enrico Villamaino

Taking over the family business is usually the result of years of planning and preparation. One generation serves an apprenticeship to the one that came before it, with the tacit understanding that the years of training and service will culminate in a passing of the torch. The fact that the son will follow the father is never called into question.

And then there’s Scott Longfellow.

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