Vegetable Industry’s 34 Power Growers In 2014

North

Iowa:
Grinnell Heritage Farm, Grinnell
Grower Andy Dunham is active with the Practical Farmers of Iowa and has given many talks and presentations to fellow growers. He has installed large coolers for postharvest handling and storage.

Rinehart Farms, Ogden
Owner Greg Rinehart has two high tunnels in which he experiments with different crops. Recently he has begun contracting with Birds Eye to grow processing sweet corn and peas.

————————————————————————————–

Illinois:
The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur
This operation features 63 acres of more than 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds from 30 countries, and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors each year.

Rendleman Orchards, Alto Pass
Rendelman has a complete no-till vegetable transplant pro-duction system, which consists
of transplants being direct planted into cereal rye and crim-son clover.

————————————————————————————–

Indiana:
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards, Goshen
Sunrise Orchards grows more than 800 acres of vegetables and was one of the first tray packers in the Midwest with its Sunrise Select Super Sweet Corn 4-Pack.

————————————————————————————–

Pennsylvania:
Benedict Produce Farm, Chambersburg
Owner Keith Benedict pays close attention to soil and leaf testing, and fine-tunes pesticide applications to maximize production of quality produce.

Brian Campbell Farms, Berwick
Brian Campbell Farms was key in changing the base yield of sweet corn for disaster payment in Pennsylvania.

Mike Fink’s Produce, Germansville
This farm recently expanded production by purchasing farmland in north central Pennsylvania to start growing processing crops.

Miller Plant Farms, Harrisburg
Miller Plant Farms received a Century Farm award from the state Department of Agriculture, and has an 11,500-square-foot retail greenhouse.

Spiral Path, Loysville
Spiral Path produces organic vegetable crops for its CSA, serving hundreds of members at 44 different pickup locations.

Strites Orchard, Harrisburg
Strites Orchard offers a variety of crops from broccoli to onions. Jonathan Strite’s motto is “Buy fresh, buy local.”

————————————————————————————–

New York:
K.S. Datthyn Farms, Sodus
Ken Datthyn embraces new onion production practices for his Dutchboy brand onions that will reduce inputs and maximize profits.

2013 Grower Achievement Award Recipient: Torrey Farms
Maureen Torrey of Torrey Farms, is also a past recipient of American Vegetable Grower’s Grower Achievement Award.

Gotham Greens, New York
Jenn Nelkin Frymark directs hydroponic production at Gotham Greens, a rooftop greenhouse company. A recent project is the rooftop greenhouse on a new Whole Foods market in Manhattan.

Mortellaro Farms, Elba
Matt Mortellaro looks for new onion production and protection practices that will reduce inputs and maximize profits. He collaborates on Cornell University research projects.

Torrey Farms, Elba
A past Grower Achievement Award recipient, Torrey Farms produces a variety of vegetables on approximately 7,000 acres. The principal players on the farm advocate for our industry.

Topics:

Leave a Reply

Vegetables Stories
Falcon-takes-flight-at-Duncan-Family-Farms
Citrus
May 24, 2017
Falcons Scare off Other Birds at Duncan Family Farms
It collaborates with a firm that uses trained falcons to intimidate and scare off nuisance birds such as the horned larks and pigeons that frequent the area. Read More
Organic
May 24, 2017
Organic Growers in Turmoil (Opinion)
Although consumers are demanding, and getting more organic produce options, growers are grappling with fundamental questions. Read More
Corn leaf aphids on sweet corn
Sweet Corn
May 24, 2017
Stay on Your A Game to Conquer Corn Leaf Aphid
Learn how to identify, the survival and spread, as well as management methods for this vegetable pest. Read More
Florida Ag Hall of Famer William Cook
Citrus
May 23, 2017
Search is on For Next Crop of Florida Agriculture Hall of Famers
Nomination period now open for longtime industry honor. Read More
honeybees
Citrus
May 23, 2017
Webinar Series Highlights New Research on Honeybee Health
National Pollinator Week webinar showcases research to improve honeybee colony health by 2020. Read More
Bee Vectoring Technologies experimental hives
Citrus
May 23, 2017
Insects (Bad and Good) Make for Interesting Field Trips
Disease-fighting bees and the deadly citrus psyllid were at the center of two recent, research-fueled out-of-office adventures. Read More
Crop Protection
May 23, 2017
Valent Grants Organic Farming Scholarship to Next Generation Researcher
University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine student receives $1,500 toward the development of training materials. Read More
Citrus
May 20, 2017
Short on Water, Florida Growers Know How to Dig Down Deep
Through drought, smoke and brush fires, it’s plain to see you farmers have been doing your part to conserve and preserve one of our most precious resources. Read More
seattle port shipping
Citrus
May 20, 2017
USDA Creates Undersecretary for Trade
Reorganization puts trade, farm production as top priorities for the agency. Read More
Fruits
May 19, 2017
Representatives Introduce Bill to Boost Organic Farming Research
As organic production continues to grow, legislators seek to boost research funding, which has remained stagnant for many years. Read More
Max Pack cucumbers
Vegetables
May 17, 2017
11 of the Latest Cucumber Varieties You Need to Know
Browse this slideshow for more information on 11 cucumber varieties you need to know about from the nation’s leading seed breeders Read More
Citrus
May 16, 2017
EPA Seeks States’ Input On Waters of the U.S. Rule
As the agency considers scaling back the water rule, states are asked to define protected waters. Read More
Burn ban sign posted along S.R. A1A in Flagler County, FL, due to drought conditions
Citrus
May 15, 2017
Drought Conditions Deepen Across Central Florida
Water Shortage Warning Order expanded to all counties within St. Johns River Water Management District. Read More
Crop Protection
May 14, 2017
Springtail Is an Unexpected Vegetable Pest
One springtail species is targeting germinating seeds, impacting seedling growth. Read More
Production
May 13, 2017
Considering Cover Crops? Find Out Which Method Works Best
What is most effective in suppressing weeds and increasing yield — no till cover crop, row till, or conventional till? Read More
The Latest
Farm Management
May 25, 2017
Plight of Trade Policy Grounding Many U.…
Much-needed investments in labor-saving technology could be key to long-term survival. Read More
Farm Management
May 25, 2017
Florida Farm Winning Case for Medicinal …
Judge rules in favor of 3 Boys Farm in the quest to expand its crop/business portfolio. Read More
Citrus
May 25, 2017
Are We Overstating the World’s Ove…
If growers can’t achieve a fair return on investment and stay in business, it won’t matter what the population is in 2050. We all will be trouble. Read More
Citrus
May 24, 2017
Falcons Scare off Other Birds at Duncan …
It collaborates with a firm that uses trained falcons to intimidate and scare off nuisance birds such as the horned larks and pigeons that frequent the area. Read More
Organic
May 24, 2017
Organic Growers in Turmoil (Opinion)
Although consumers are demanding, and getting more organic produce options, growers are grappling with fundamental questions. Read More
Citrus
May 23, 2017
Search is on For Next Crop of Florida Ag…
Nomination period now open for longtime industry honor. Read More
Citrus
May 23, 2017
Webinar Series Highlights New Research o…
National Pollinator Week webinar showcases research to improve honeybee colony health by 2020. Read More
Crop Protection
May 23, 2017
Valent Grants Organic Farming Scholarshi…
University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine student receives $1,500 toward the development of training materials. Read More
Citrus
May 20, 2017
Short on Water, Florida Growers Know How…
Through drought, smoke and brush fires, it’s plain to see you farmers have been doing your part to conserve and preserve one of our most precious resources. Read More
Citrus
May 20, 2017
USDA Creates Undersecretary for Trade
Reorganization puts trade, farm production as top priorities for the agency. Read More
Fruits
May 19, 2017
Representatives Introduce Bill to Boost …
As organic production continues to grow, legislators seek to boost research funding, which has remained stagnant for many years. Read More
Vegetables
May 17, 2017
11 of the Latest Cucumber Varieties You …
Browse this slideshow for more information on 11 cucumber varieties you need to know about from the nation’s leading seed breeders Read More
Citrus
May 16, 2017
EPA Seeks States’ Input On Waters of the…
As the agency considers scaling back the water rule, states are asked to define protected waters. Read More
Citrus
May 15, 2017
Drought Conditions Deepen Across Central…
Water Shortage Warning Order expanded to all counties within St. Johns River Water Management District. Read More
Crop Protection
May 14, 2017
Springtail Is an Unexpected Vegetable Pe…
One springtail species is targeting germinating seeds, impacting seedling growth. Read More
Production
May 13, 2017
Considering Cover Crops? Find Out Which …
What is most effective in suppressing weeds and increasing yield — no till cover crop, row till, or conventional till? Read More
Vegetables
May 10, 2017
How One Couple Balance Marriage, Family,…
Full Moon Farm's Rachel Nevitt and David Zuckerman live, work, and manage together in a small town outside of Burlington, VT. Read More
Farm Management
May 9, 2017
Promote Efficiency by Taking Advantage o…
From animal housing to tillage, USDA's NRCS has you covered. Read More