Olivia’s Organics

Olivia’s Organics

About three years ago, Mark DeMichaelis, president of State Garden and third-generation produce processor/distributor, had a talk with his father that would spin the nature of their family business on its head. At the end of the talk, State Garden had a new direction: create a foundation that would focus on distributing healthy food to … Read more

Transitioning from Flowers to Food

Transitioning from Flowers to Food

Locally grown produce presents the largest opportunity for growers nationwide. In July 2015, the USDA estimated that local food sales in the United States have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014 Read about: Using Herbicides Within the Vegetation-Free Strip Method Professional chefs agree. Since 2013, locally … Read more

Basic Food Safety for the Grower

Basic Food Safety for the Grower

From laying down the crops to even selling the produce, there’s a lot that crosses a farmer’s mind. Food safety and preventing diseases should be high on the priority list. Food Safety Read about: Pollinator Health Update Taking the appropriate precautions to lessening the risk of contamination is sometimes overlooked and in turn, it can be risky. … Read more

2017 United Fresh Preview

2017 United Fresh

Hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association, the United Fresh Convention will bring together growers, producers, shippers and wholesalers showcasing the newest trends in food, technology and business. This year, the show starts off with two education conferences: FreshTEC and FreshMKT from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 13. Following the two expos, the opening … Read more

Editor’s Note: Meeting the Food Safety Compliance Standard

Food Safety

Food safety compliance: For some, it’s as bad as a root canal. Others might prefer the root canal. – Food safety However, it’s a process all growers must go through if they want to enjoy a healthy business relationship with their partners. This quote in our feature, “Filling the G.A.P.” sums it up. The large majority … Read more