United Fresh creates school foodservice membership

 K-12 school foodservice buyers will now be able to join the United Fresh Produce Association with the help of a new membership category. “Schools are legitimate volume foodservice buyers that collectively serve fresh produce to... more »

Bill would protect Florida fruit growers

As the 116th Congress begins, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) re-introduced legislation with U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Al Lawson (D-Fla) to help Florida fruit and vegetable growers combat unfair trade practices by Mexico. Specifically, the... more »

Why an organic dairy made the jump to packaged Brussels sprouts

How are you going to keep them down on the dairy farm when Brussels sprouts are wagging a compelling finger? A longtime Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh... more »

California Giant’s New Year’s resolution: Sustainability

One of California's largest strawberry brands has a resolution for the New Year. California Giant Berry Farms has set a goal of becoming fully sustainable by the end of 2019. The consulting group Measure to... more »

Field-grown Tasti-Lee tomatoes packaged for grab-and-go

Tasti-Lee field-grown round tomatoes for slicing and salads are now available in grab-and-go packaging and an all-new snackable size for retail sales. Tasti-Lee tomatoes by Flavorful Brands begin with a certain line of seeds, according to a... more »

Justin Oomen to lead Michigan Vegetable Council as president

Justin Oomen, a young family man from an old farming family, will be the next president of the Michigan Vegetable Council. Justin and Danielle Oomen with their son, Colton. Photos: Oomen... more »

Tomato varieties under high tunnel, open field management

Tomatoes are an important crop for small to mid-sized farmers selling directly to customers through farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and restaurant sales. In a multi-year study (2014-2016), researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison... more »

Boston’s Little Leaf Farms plans 10 acres under glass

A fast-expanding leafy greens operation outside Boston is another example of how consumers buying local are supporting new regional growers of leafy greens. Thirty-five miles west of Boston, Little Leaf Farms this spring celebrated doubling... more »

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