Every year our editors survey and rank vegetable operations throughout the country for inclusion in this prestigious list. The largest 25 vegetable producers in each of four geographic regions are listed, along with the crops they grow, and any change in their acreage during the past year. Rankings are based on final 2008 crop year numbers.
This year, the economy and food safety have been at the forefront of most growers’ minds. Despite the fact that “people still have to eat” even in a down economy, growers are making some changes to remain profitable. Specifically, some are closely monitoring costs, emphasizing locally grown, and some are simply stressing quality.
In the area of food safety, which is quite a hot button right now, some growers now have a dedicated food safety person on staff and follow Good Agricultural Practices — among other things.
Click on the links below to view this year’s list.