Martha Stewart’s Marketing Tips For Growers

Martha Stewart may be best known for her cupcakes and television shows, but few people know she started her empire by baking pies and selling them at the local market. In the years since her humble entrepreneurial start, she has learned how to apply imagination and creativity to the most ordinary things to transform them […]

Profitable Value-Added Specialty Food Products

Small specialty crop growers are finding that selling value-added food products can bring larger profits and stretch their income beyond the harvest season. Whether it’s jams and jellies to sell at the farmers market or exotic specialty foods for grocers, if you can imagine it, they will buy it! For example, vinegar, that cooking staple, […]

“Exotic” Christmas Trees Can Bring Extra Profits To Growers

John Curtis, a Christmas tree grower in New Jersey, has found a profitable niche for his tree farm by growing over 40 varieties of trees that offer something different for shoppers looking for a unique tree to take home. Both new visitors and repeat customers appreciate the experience of seeing so many varieties after being […]

How To Pick The Best Heirloom Tomato Varieties To Sell

Customers who purchase heirloom tomatoes from market growers are willing to pay more for the flavor of unique varieties, whether it’s a sweet and tangy “Fargo” yellow pear tomato or the rich traditional taste of a San Marzano or Costoluto Genovese, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites in his garden at Monticello. If you’ve been selling […]

Growing High-Value Microgreens For Profit

  Consumers nationwide are voting for local foods with their wallets, opting to seek out and buy from local producers rather than purchasing food shipped hundreds, even thousands of miles. This creates new opportunities for small growers to start or expand their business. One of the best newer crops that is ideal for local growers […]

Start An Urban Farm Growing Microgreens

  The traditional family farm is changing, as more people move to cities. According to recent census numbers, over 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas. As urban populations grow, innovative solutions to feeding all those people are being fine-tuned on vacant city lots, in abandoned warehouses and in the basements and backyards […]

How To Start a Microgreens Business

  The old saying “Small is Beautiful” certainly applies to Terry Plummer’s backyard micro green business. She grows the tiny vegetables in a hoophouse her husband built for $600, selling them to local restaurants and grocers for as much as $30 a pound. The tiny microgreens, harvested when they are just an inch or two […]

What Are The 3 Best Value-Added Products For a Lavender Business?

  Lavender growers have dozens of ways to boost their income from simply growing plants by creating value-added products using lavender. By taking a few simple additional steps, they can take their lavender harvest from a basic herbal commodity to valuable products that bring top dollar from consumers and high profit margins – in fact, […]

10 Most Profitable Trees To Grow

  Growing trees for profit is an ideal part-time or full-time business for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and working with plants. Trees are a valuable and renewable resource that can be grown in a tiny backyard or on a 100 acre tree farm. The most profitable trees for most small growers are those in […]

Sell Your Harvest Direct to Local Grocery Stores

  Buying fresh/buying local is a trend that continues to grow every year and shows no sign of slowing down. Reasons include consumer awareness of the problems caused by industrial agriculture and long distance food transportation and the desire to support local farmers. Because of the rapid growth of farmer’s markets, retailers such as grocery […]