40th Anniversary Farm Visits & Grower Profiles
by Lynn Byczynski
As 2013 draws to a close, so, too, does Johnny's 40th Anniversary. In gratitude, we'd like to direct the spotlight onto our customers, who have generated a resurgence in sustainable agriculture over the past four decades and made our success possible.
Over the past year we have profiled some of our core customers — fresh-market farmers — engaged in diverse business models. Our profiles have included growers who sell at farmers' markets, those who sell on the farm, and those who sell only wholesale. We have profiled farms that specialize in a few crops and some that grow everything under the sun. We featured two growers on opposite ends of the continent who run their own restaurants, and even interviewed an American abroad who is bringing that most American of crops, the pumpkin, to Sweden.
As we reflect on our anniversary, we are humbled anew by the creativity and expertise that Johnny's customers bring to the profession of market farming. We thank all growers who participated in our profiles, both for their time and their willingness to share advice with others in our business. We hope these stories provide education and inspiration to farmers who want to try new crops, explore new methods, pursue new markets. Whether we've worked together with you for decades or have yet to meet, we're honored to grow with you!
November 2013 Farm Visit
4 Town Farm | Seekonk, Massachusetts
November 2013 Grower Profile
Selwood Green | Walton & Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
October 2013 Grower Profile
Peach Crest Farm | Cooper Organics, Stratford, Oklahoma
September 2013 Farm Visit
Paradise Farms Organics | Homestead, Florida
August 2013 Grower Profile
Growing Power Urban Farm | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 2013 Farm Visit
Slegers Greenhouses | Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
June 2013 Grower Profile
Gathering Together Farm | Philomath, Oregon
May 2013 Grower Profile
Pleasant Valley Farm | Argyle, New York
April 2013 Farm Visit
Mark's Melon Patch | Dawson, Georgia
April 2013 Grower Profile
Louie's Pumpkin Patch | Skövde, Sweden
March 2013 Grower Profile
Living Water Farms | Strawn, Illinois
February 2013 Farm Visit
Circle Fresh Farms | Denver, Colorado
January 2013 Grower Profile
Freedom Farm | Freedom, Maine
The first of our anniversary Grower Profiles highlights the work of Daniel Price and Ginger Dermott, owners of Freedom Farm, in Freedom, Maine. They share with us their expertise in growing chiles and sweet peppers, some insights into how they've developed their distribution channels, and their advice to aspiring growers.