I was recently in PA for an all day conference on winter growing, season extension, wholesale, and food safety. I presented three times and we also heard from Cathie, a local grower and a Bill, representative from Wegmans supermarket who was talking about the great oportunities for growers of all sizes to sell to the wegmans family of stores.
My first talk was a standard winter growing and greens production.
Second talk was on Field systems and season extension. I have fun doing this talk as I get to discuss equipment, and show beautiful pictures of vegetables.
The last talk for the day was on Farm Planning, Wholesale markets, Food safety, and washing and packing. This was a lot of new material for me, and is the talk which took the most work. It went very well though.
There was signifigant interest in our annual bed strawberry system. Here’s the link to the slideshow that I have done on this.
Another question was the source of our supplies. Here’s the link to our resources page.
A grower also had a question on the bags that we use for our wholesale lettuce mix. They are from Uline, link here.
If you are a grower near a Wegmans, and they have stores in Western NY, PA, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the Carolinas, you should look into sales oportunites through them. They are a very farm friendly company, and have employees whose sole job is to travel seek out new farms to sell to them. Definately worth a call or email.
Many thanks to Beth at the Blair Conservation District for organizing this event!