Crop Talk

  1. Crop Talk: Fall Crops

    Though it hardly seems fair with spring having just begun, May and June are the time to be thinking about what, if anything, you’ll be harvesting when the fall arrives. Here are a few crucial fall crops to plan for, and some resources to help you have success with your fall harvests: Fall Root Crops Lauded for their impressive storability...
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  2. Crop Talk: Farm Marketing

    Hello again, and happy April. Marketing, for small scale farmers, used to mean simply showing up at the farmers market every Saturday morning. If you were really on top of your game, you even had signs that matched the produce you had harvested. You standing behind the table selling your produce was the marketing strategy. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that times...
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  3. Crop Talk: Potatoes & The CPB

    Here’s a confession for you to start the month: We love potatoes. But it’s safe to say we hate the Colorado Potato Beetle. We're guessing you might know what we're talking about. For those of you in the regions lucky enough to not have to deal with the destruction this little bug brings, we hope this Crop Talk may still serve...
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  4. Crop Talk: Pinpointing Your Markets

    Markets – like farms – are a dynamic, ever-evolving entity. We often hear from growers who say they need to do an assessment season-to-season in order to figure out what the most profitable market is for their farm business. Dialing in your markets will also help you dial in your crop plans: maybe greenhouse tomatoes are your bread and butter...
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  5. Crop Talk: Your Greenhouse Checklist

    If you’re busy ordering seeds this month, please don’t let us stop you. By all means, carry on. But if you’re bulking up your seed inventory, we know that means the next item you’re turning your attention to is where to get all those seeds tucked into soil. That’s right: your greenhouse. In northern regions like High Mowing's home state...
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  6. Crop Talk: Alliums

    Onions are the third most consumed fresh vegetable in the United States behind potatoes and tomatoes, and as such demand to be a crucial part of a diversified vegetable farmer’s crop plan. Thankfully, there are myriad types of alliums to choose from these days without having to resort to a monocrop of Vidalias. In order to achieve success with your...
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  7. CROP TALK: Market Starts

    Hello, growers, and happy spring! By now, every region of the U.S. and Canada is bustling with some sort of growing activity – sowing, transplanting, weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting. We know many of you are at maximum capacity for retail plant starts in your propagation spaces, so this final issue in our Crop Talk series is dedicated to how you...
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  8. CROP TALK: Successions

    Having a consistent presence at your market, whether it’s a wholesale account or a farmers market, is critical to sustaining repeat customers. Knowing that you have what they want week after week will build business and traffic, and give you a consistent audience as your offerings increase over the season. Hitting this rhythm takes both planning and real estate. Choices...
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  9. CROP TALK: Potatoes

    Well, it’s that time again: with seed potato ship dates are just around the corner, we thought it might be useful to offer some variety advice while you ponder your spud season. Here’s a guide to variety selection for different climates and growing conditions: Potatoes can be grown in a wide variety of field and soil conditions, just as long...
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  10. Crop Talk: Tomatoes

    Let’s talk tomatoes. Almost no other crop screams “summer” like a vine-ripened tomato straight off the plant. Whether it’s a full-on beefsteak or a handful of colorful cherries, that first harvest of the season is the moment farmer and consumer alike have been waiting for since January. At High Mowing, we’ve put together a solid collection of resources for organic...
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