New career for retired military couple

2020-11-04T16:04:08-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower East|

When the Martinezes purchased Willow Pond Farm, it was an established Christmas tree farm and well known in the community. “It was a lot of work to bring the trees back into shape,” Rodney Martinez said.
Photo courtesy of Willow Pond Farm

by Sally Colby

Rodney and Lynn Martinez are new to farming, but not new to hard work. (more…)

Online ticketing a boon for seasonal operation

2020-11-04T15:59:42-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Earlier this year, NAFDMA hosted an online roundtable to ask producers how they were preparing for an autumn influenced by COVID-19 restrictions. At the beginning of October, the international agritourism association brought in three different growers to discuss how the harvest season has been going. (more…)

Agri-culinary business development adjusts to the times

2020-11-04T15:17:54-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Bottling juice has become so profitable to Red Jacket Orchards that the farm scaled back its farmers markets presence to focus on juice, sold in venues from Maine to Texas.
Photo by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Founding a successful agriculture/culinary business relies on an owner’s ability to tweak the business to the times. (more…)