December 8-10, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will be held December 8-10 at the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. Last year’s show hosted over 3,700 fruit and vegetable growers and farm marketers from 35 states and nine Canadian provinces. The event is sponsored by Michigan State Horticultural Society and Michigan Vegetable Council in cooperation with Michigan State University Extension. The EXPO is hosting the 31st North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) Annual Meeting and Conference.

Informative education program for fruit, vegetable and greenhouse growers and for farm marketers—59 sessions and workshops over 3 days. Topics include fruit and vegetable commodities; greenhouse production and marketing; farm marketing ideas and issues; and general topics of special interest to growers.

The trade show, with more than 300 exhibitors, will cover four acres of exhibit space in one hall.

Registration and complete show details are available at www.glexpo.com. Preregister by November 10 to save money.

Education Program

All sessions and workshops offered in the education programs will be open to all attendees (except for the OFA Crop Management Workshop for greenhouse growers that requires a separate registration fee). A multitude of topics will be covered in presentations by university researchers and extension specialists from Michigan State University and many other universities and research stations across the United States and Canada. There will also be presentations by growers, farm marketers and others involved with fruit, vegetable and greenhouse production and marketing.

Many of the education sessions will offer a recertification point for Private and Certified Pesticide Applicators and continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers. Instructions and necessary MDA or MCCAP forms will be issued at each eligible session. The conference program you receive at the EXPO will indicate the specific sessions in which education credits will be available.

15th Annual Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo will be held concurrently with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO for the first time. One registration fee provides admission to the trade show and all education sessions in both conferences, except for the OFA Crop Management Workshop, which requires a separate registration fee. The education sessions planned for greenhouse growers, including the OFA workshop, can be found at www.glexpo.com/MGG.php.

The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo is sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Flower Growers Association and the Western Michigan Greenhouse Association, in cooperation with the Michigan State University Extension Floriculture Team.

GLE Farm Market Bus Tour

The Great Lakes EXPO Farm Market Tour will be held the day before the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, December 7. A daylong tour visits seven top-notch farm markets in the Grand Rapids area. Network with other farm marketers as you gain new agritourism and marketing ideas.

The stops include Country Basket, Country Dairy, The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Heritage Farms Market, Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, The Starting Block and Steffen’s Orchard Market.

While on the bus, en route between host farm market locations, Michigan State University Extension will lead interactive sessions and discussions tailored to the farm market business.

Cost is $149 (includes transportation to all farm markets, lunch and snacks.) Registration is limited, so sign up when you register for the Great Lakes EXPO.

Schedule

Monday

Farm Market Bus Tour: All day
NASGA Conference: 9 a.m. – Noon
NASGA Luncheon and Annual Meeting: Noon – 2 p.m.
NASGA Conference: 2 – 4 p.m.
EXPO Registration: 4 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday

Trade Show: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
EXPO Registration: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Education Program: 9 – 11 a.m.
Grape Industries Luncheon: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Industry Outlook Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Education Program: 2 – 4 p.m.
MHS and MVC Annual Meetings: 4:30 p.m.
Fruit Variety Showcase: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wine Grape Grower Roundtable: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Michigan Farm Marketing and Agri-Tourism Association Gathering: 5 – 6 p.m.
Farm Market Roundtable: 6 – 7 p.m.
Michigan Apple Queen Pageant: 8 p.m.
Changes and Trends in Worldwide Strawberry Production: 8 p.m.

Wednesday

Prayer Breakfast: 7 a.m.
Trade Show: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
EXPO Registration: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Education Program: 9 – 11 a.m.
Michigan Apple Growers Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Education Program: 2 – 4 p.m.
EXPO Banquet: 6:30 p.m.

Thursday

Tasting of the Winning Ciders: 8 – 9 a.m.
Trade Show: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
EXPO Registration: 8 a.m. – Noon
Education Program: 9 a.m. – Noon
Education Program: 1 – 3:30 p.m.


Check Out These Great Folks at the Show!

 

A & B Packing Equipment, Inc. 830 – 835 & 914 – 919
Agro-K Corp. 1104
Barwacz Farms 841 & 908
Bejo Seeds, Inc. 905
BioBest Biological Systems 1105
C.S.I. Chemical Corp. 940
CropCare Equipment by PaulB, LLC 932 – 934
Dillman Farm 1148 – 1149
Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry Inc. 1013
Gardner Pie Co. 1303
Growing magazine (Moose River Media) 1428
Harris Moran Seed 503
Hartmann’s Plant Co. 1044
Haygrove Tunnels/Cramer 407 – 408
Hillside Cultivator Co. 913
Hillside Orchard Farms 1301
HJV Equipment 736 – 738
House of Webster 1141
Johnny’s Selected Seeds 803
Kietzer Farms 547
KoolJet Refrigeration 842
Koppert Biological Systems 1009 – 1010
Krohne Plant Farms 443
McDonnall Harvester & Parts/Pik Rite 318 – 319
The Nursery Connection 505
OESCO, Inc. 207 – 208
Peach Ridge Orchard Supply 748 – 749 & 800
Phil Brown Welding Corp. 636 – 640 & 709 – 713
Putnam Plastics Farm Products 1049
Red Wing Software 838
Reddick Fumigants 305
Richfield Industries 1130 – 1131 & 1218 – 1219
Rispens Seeds Inc 545 – 546
Rockford Package Supply, Inc. 849 – 900
Rupp Seeds, Inc. 642 – 644
Seedway, Inc. 906 – 907
Shur Farms Frost Protection 1004
Siegers Seed Co. 649 – 700
Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. 541
Stokes’ Blueberry Farms & Nursery 901
Stokes Seeds, Inc. 403 – 404
Superb Horticulture 126 – 129 & 209 – 212
Syngenta Crop Protection 707 – 708
Syngenta Seeds 602 – 603
Tew Mfg. 328 – 329 & 420 – 421
Thomas Brothers Equipment Sales, Inc. 119 – 125 & 213 – 219
Thunderbird Plastics 444
Triple K Irrigation 1028 – 1029 & 1120 – 1121