My Favorite Food, Carrots!

Crated Carrots ready to put into salad.

Carrots have always been my favorite food because they are versatile and an easy, on-the-go snack. Not only do I love munching on carrots and hummus, but this vegetable also provides my body with essential nutrients to keep me healthy. Here’s why I think carrots are the ultimate super food, and maybe you should too!

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How to Find Restaurants to Partner with for Farm-to-Table Contracts

Dinner at Farm-to-Table Restaurant

There’s not a small farmer or market grower in the country who hasn’t heard of the booming farm-to-table movement, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels equally comfortable diving into the world of selling directly to restaurants. It’s true, contacting restaurants with Michelin stars and month-long waiting lists for reservations is intimidating to someone who only has experience selling directly to farmer’s market customers or through an impersonal wholesale contract. However, taking the plunge with a smart plan of attack could help turn a struggling farm into a thriving one.

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The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved in the Farm

Two girls playing is mud on farm

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved

Two girls playing is mud on farm

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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An Intergenerational Garden – GTTY September

Broccolli is still producing in September in upstate NY.

Gardening Through the Year!

September is a month for harvesting, second only to August.  With the cooler days and nights and shorter days the spring crops grow with vigor.  Some seedlings planted out in April will not be harvested until next month, others planted from seed in May are brought in just before the first frost.  Let’s look at the garden from the perspective of the maturity of the plants.

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