Krueger family keeps it green

2020-11-04T16:20:22-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower Midwest|

Neil Krueger prunes trees for less density while maintaining a desirable shape.
Photo courtesy of Krueger’s Christmas Trees

by Sally Colby

Establishing trees for erosion control was a fairly new concept in 1954, but that’s one of the conservation measures Neil Krueger’s parents undertook on their Stillwater, MN, farm. (more…)

The Christmas flower at Hartman’s Towne and Country Greenhouse

2020-11-04T16:15:59-05:00November 4, 2020|Grower Midwest|

Tom and Diane Hartman of Hartman’s Towne and Country Greenhouse with their new variety, Christmas Wish poinsettia, in mid-October.
Photo by Gail March Yerke

by Gail March Yerke

With over 34 million plants sold last year during the holiday season in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see why the poinsettia is known as the “Christmas flower.” (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…)