December 7-9, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO and the Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO will be held December 7-9 at the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. The premier event for fruit and vegetable growers, farm marketers and greenhouse operators, the show hosted over 4,000 people from 41 states and 10 Canadian provinces for the 2009 EXPO.

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO is sponsored by Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council in cooperation with Michigan State University Extension. The Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO is sponsored by Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association and Western Michigan Greenhouse Association in cooperation with Michigan State University Extension.

Farm Market Bus Tour

This year’s Farm Market Bus Tour will be held on Monday, December 6, the day before the Great Lakes EXPO opens. Seven of west Michigan’s top farm market and agritourism locations—all different from prior year’s stops—will be visited. The Farm Market Bus Tour will be a great opportunity to network with other farm marketers, learn new marketing tips, and see how operations set up to maximize holiday season sales. While traveling on the buses between stops, there will be interactive discussions to share information and ideas with others on the tour.

The cost of the tour is $149 per person. This includes transportation to the farm market stops, lunch and snacks.

Greenhouse Bus Tour

Four of west Michigan’s leading greenhouse firms will be visited on the Greenhouse Bus Tour. This is a first-time event at the 2010 Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO. The tour will take place on Thursday, December 9, departing the convention site at 8:30 a.m. and returning around 3:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to see and learn about new possibilities for your greenhouse.

Join other greenhouse growers on this tour to see energy-efficient, mechanized operations that grow high-quality plants for the marketplace. The greenhouse operations that will be visited include Dewinter’s Western Sky Range in Grandville, Bosgraaf Greenhouse in Hudsonville, Micandy Gardens in Hudsonville and Henry Mast Greenhouses in Byron Center.

The cost of the tour is $79.00 per person. This includes transportation to the greenhouse stops, lunch and refreshments. A minimum of 20 participants will be needed for this event to occur.

Highlights

  • Informative education program for fruit, vegetable and greenhouse growers, and for farm marketers—63 sessions and workshops over three days! Topics will include fruit and vegetable commodities, greenhouse production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and issues, and general topics of special interest to growers.
  • Trade show with 400 exhibitors covering 4 acres of exhibit space in one hall.
  • Bus tour on Monday for farm marketers.
  • Bus tour on Thursday for greenhouse growers.
  • The annual meetings of the Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS) and the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC).
  • Michigan Farm Marketing & Agri-Tourism Association Gathering.
  • Michigan Apple Queen Pageant.

For registration information, contact Erin Dwyer, registration manager, Association Management Resources (AMR), at 1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; call 734-677-0503; fax 734-677-2407; e-mail edwyer@managedbyamr.com; or visit www.glexpo.com.

Visit these folks at the show!
Company Booth
A & B Packing Equip., Inc. 832 -837 & 916 – 921
Agro-K Corp. 1104
Barnyard Supply 1412-1414
Bejo Seeds, Inc. 907
Biobest Biological Systems 1107
C.S.I. Chemical Corp. 942
DeGrandchamp Farms, Inc. 1331
Dillman Farm 1152- 1153
Fremont Insurance Co 747- 748
Gardner Pie Co. 1303
Goodnature Products 744
Growing magazine (Moose River Media) 1448
Harris Seeds 842
Haygrove Tunnels/Cramer 409 – 410
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch 1100
Hillside Cultivator Co. 915
Hillside Orchard Farms 1301
Johnny’s Selected Seeds 803
KoolJet Refrigeration 844
Koppert Biological Systems 1011 – 1012
Krohne Plant Farms 445
Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Inc. 202 & 203
Natural Industries, Inc. 1318
Netafim USA 606
Nevill/Bekaert Supply 443-444
OESCO, Inc. 209- 210
Peach Ridge Orchard Supply 752 – 753 & 800
Phil Brown Welding Corp. 638 – 642 & 711-715
Produce Promotions 1210
Putnam Plastics Farm Products 1053
Rockford Package Supply, Inc. 852-853 & 900- 901
Roeters Farm Equip., Inc. 732 – 737 & 816 – 821
Rupp Seeds, Inc. 643-645
Seedway, Inc. 908-909
Shur Farms Frost Protection 450
Siegers Seed Co. 653 & 700
Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. 543
Stokes Blueberry Farm & Nursery 902
Superb Horticulture 126-129 & 211-214
Tew Mfg. 330-331 & 422-423
The Nursery Connection 505
Thomas Bros. Equip. Sales, Inc. 119-125 & 215-221
Triple K Irrigation / Cadman 1122-1123
Willsie Equip. Sales 332-334