Learning to enjoy the journey

2020-11-23T15:57:52-05:00November 23, 2020|Grower Midwest|

While she admitted her first attempts at pruning were less than perfect, Lisa Rettinger learns more each year from both her own experience and spring pruning workshops.
Photo courtesy of Grandview Orchard

by Sally Colby

When Lisa Rettinger decided to make a career change, she made a rather drastic move – purchasing an overgrown orchard. (more…)

Fewer visitors but successful seasons

2020-11-23T15:54:34-05:00November 23, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

To cut down on contact points and lines forming, Lynd Fruit Farm charged visitors on their way in to the sunflower patch rather than on the way out.
Photo courtesy of Lynd Fruit Farm

by Courtney Llewellyn

Wrapping up its series of agritourism roundtables last month, NAFDMA, the International Tourism Association, highlighted the success stories of three operations (more…)

Heritage hard ciders at AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery

2020-11-23T15:50:45-05:00November 23, 2020|Grower Midwest|

To decide what cultivars to use, Charles McGonegal evaluates each year’s regional apple harvest. “I see what’s ‘nifty,’ what speaks to me,” he said. He runs AeppelTreow with his wife, Melissa.
Photo courtesy of AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery

by Gail March Yerke

Sometimes simply the name of a business can set the tone. For example, the words “AeppelTreow” (more…)

Taking 2020 trends into the future

2020-11-23T15:15:55-05:00November 23, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

The AmericanHort webinar was presented by Diane Blazek, executive director of both All America Selections and the National Garden Bureau.
Photo courtesy of Diane Blazek

by Enrico Villamaino

Leading agricultural advocacy association AmericanHort recently released their “Top Performers from All-America Selections Vegetable & Herb Variety Trials.” (more…)