You may be able to start a small farm with just your own labor and the help of family members and friends, but eventually a
When you’re trying to make the most of limited greenhouse resources, trying to plan your crop scheduling around culinary trends may sound futile. However, a
Eating flowers rather than just admiring them in a garden or vase sounds like a modern fad, but there’s evidence that humans have been munching on colorful blossoms since the Stone Age. The trend of using flowers as food has come and gone over the ages and it’s returning right now in full force. There are thousands of edible flowers, yet not all of them taste good enough to entice farmer’s market shoppers to want to spend hard-earned money on them.
Unless you live in Southern California, Florida, or other parts of the Deep South, winter is likely a fallow time with few viable crops and little income on the farm. While some farmers may use the time for vacationing, most market growers are operating on a tight enough budget that they need to do as much productive work as possible during the down season. Winter is the ideal time for upgrading infrastructure on the farm regardless of the size of your operation.
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.