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Why are retail-ready edibles all the rage?

Posted by Courtney Coon on Jan 7, 2016 2:34:18 PM

One of the most important things at retail is staying up on trends. Positioning yourself as the place to go for customers to shop for what is new and what will work for them is the best way to create customers for life. One of these such trends are edibles that are consumer friendly and will make people proud that they grew something that not only was good for them, but they had fun doing it.  

This season, Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, will be offering about 100 varieties of certified organic herbs and 80-90 varieties of certified organic vegetables for retailers on ePlantSource.com says Stephanie Whitehouse, Peace Tree’s sales and marketing manager.

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Topics: edibles, Retail Garden Center

Certified Organic Vegetable Production: 7 Things You Want To Know

Posted by Sara Tambascio (Guest Blogger) on Oct 29, 2014 9:11:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set forth a stringent set of measures in order for a vegetable producer to become certified organic. The process can be worth it, though, as there is a better understanding than ever before at the consumer level of what the USDA certified organic seal actually means.

Peace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Pa., has been through the USDA organic certification process. Here’s an inside look from the perspectives of Owner Lloyd Traven and Sales And Marketing Manager Stephanie Whitehouse-Barlow of Peace Tree Farm.

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Topics: Industry Trends, edibles, Certified Organic, Professional Greenhouse Grower

The headlines and surveys agree: Edible gardening is trending up

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Oct 16, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Locally Grown:

Locally grown is catching on across the country and nothing tastes better than fresh, local produce especially if you grow and produce your edibles in your own back yard. Breeders are creating new varieties every year that add color, unique flavors and spice to your evening meals. The headlines and surveys agree vegetable gardening is trending up.

"Vegetable gardens have exploded in popularity since the 2008 recession, but 2014 might see the biggest boom in backyard veggies, yet. Rising costs of food sends many to the soil to grow their own vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Food prices rose by 0.4 percent in February, the largest increase since September 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month. Cold weather in California and a crop disease in Florida have devastated crops like oranges and strawberries, according to USA Today. Orange prices increased 3.4 percent in February, while strawberries cost 12 percent more than last year."
~Nicole Paitsel (March 29, 2014)

"Among the 78 million gardening households that have a lawn, garden or grow plants in containers, more than half (54%) grew vegetables this year according to this the 2013 Garden Trend Survey by the Garden Writers Association."

~2013 October Gardening Trends Research Report

So I surveyed our suppliers of Edibles to find out what they had for 2015 that is new, hot or unique. I hope you find this interesting and valuable information.

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Topics: ePlantSource, Industry Trends, edibles, Professional Greenhouse Grower

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