LaJoie Growers, LLC, started growing beets in 2006 and were impressed with how the vegetable thrived in Maine’s cool climate. One test kitchen and many trials later, this family has turned the ordinary vegetable into a unique value-added product.
Kitchen Garden Farm is a 50-acre certified organic vegetable farm that started out with CSA shares for passionate cooks. Today, the farm grows hundreds of varieties of vegetables. However, it's most known for its variety of more than 100 kinds of hot peppers and the unique value-added products the farm produces from those spicy delicacies.
Producers in many areas of the Northeast who are growing a variety of nutrient-dense vegetables for the fresh market are well positioned to take advantage of market trends. The policies impacting vegetable production, U.S. vegetable consumption patterns and what producers can expect this year is discussed in this outlook written by Bradley Rickard, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University.
The third article in our Ag Tech series looks at CRISPR technology; Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. This acronym has become the term for a number of new gene editing techniques, which allow for more precise genomic editing than has been possible in the past.