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Is agritourism right for your farm market?

Recently a few colleagues and I just led a two-day bus tour for retail farm market owners and managers visiting seven markets in Virginia. Most of the markets we visited are less than 10 years... more »

Retaining good employees requires an investment

I regularly encounter retail farm market managers and owners who express frustration with not being able to find, much less keep, good employees. Also, they talk about training employees to represent or at least understand... more »

Jerry Mills: Grass trimmer cuts giant ragweed down to size

Labor Day was a good weekend. People responded to our internet advertising. We were busy all three days. Nice. Suckered again. We opened the farm on Labor Day weekend, and had a good crowd. The... more »

Hyperlocal and the next-generation farm market customer

In just about every consumer poll I’ve seen, quality of fruits and vegetables is the most important thing to consumers. Not price. Quality beats price every time. Not that price isn’t important, but let’s not... more »

Tweite’s Family Farm announces this is its last season

A Byron, Minnesota, farm has been in one family for more than 100 years and they have been opening up their home to the community for the last 31 years. According to ABC6 News in Rochester, Minnesota, Tom and... more »

Grower hospitalized with rare mosquito-borne virus

A fundraising effort has been launched for Bill Teichman, a prominent Michigan tree fruit grower who’s in the hospital after contracting a rare disease. Teichman was admitted to the hospital in mid-August after suffering from... more »

New educational sessions at the 2019 GLEXPO

The upcoming Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO promises to bring the latest must-see educational sessions to the industry. While the EXPO offers many educational sessions by crop, the organizers also bring general... more »

High-end agritourism: Taylor grows for chefs, wine estate guests

High-end wine estates, restaurants and boutique farm-themed hotels are becoming popular around the country. While their growing operations themselves don’t resemble traditional commercial agriculture, they do generate substantial income from farm visitors who stay or... more »


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