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Selling excellent customer service

2021-07-06T09:50:37-05:00July 6, 2021|Grower East|

Sprague’s includes 10,000 square feet of retail and growing space under glass along with 15 40-by-80-foot hoop houses. Customers can select from a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Sprague’s Nursery and Garden Center

by Sally Colby

Sprague’s Nursery and Garden Center has seen plenty of changes since it was established in the 1940s. (more…)

Creativity sells

2021-07-06T09:43:55-05:00July 6, 2021|Grower Midwest|

The Hottenroths grow Bing and Montmorency cherries, available as either U-pick or ready to purchase in the farm store. Photo courtesy of Gibbsville Orchard

by Sally Colby

When the Hottenroth family bought an orchard, no one knew how to grow fruit. The family purchased the Sheboygan Falls, WI, orchard (more…)

Thinking outside the vegetable box

2021-07-06T09:18:08-05:00July 6, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Malabar spinach, red okra, bottle gourd, bitter melon and stevia may not be standard farmers market fare, but Allison Akbay has developed a strong customer following for specialty vegetables. At the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, held virtually this year, Akbay shared what she has learned about marketing specialty produce. (more…)

Scouting the greenhouse

2021-07-06T09:09:27-05:00July 6, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Scouting for greenhouse pests is one of the most critical tasks for greenhouse operators. It can mean the difference between catching a problem in time or total crop loss.

Dr. Luis Canas, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University, said it’s useful for growers to review the greenhouse layout and create a series of stops where scouters make routine checks. (more…)

What will stay post-pandemic for food safety

2021-07-06T09:52:38-05:00July 6, 2021|Grower East|

According to Moulton Farm General Manager Jeff Mills, Moulton’s customers are looking forward to being able to visit the farm without their masks. Photo courtesy of Moulton Farm

by Enrico Villamaino

The world is finally emerging from the exasperating asterisk that was 2020. Reflecting on what they had to do to get by, agricultural producers (more…)