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October 2009
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Nominate yourself as the 'hottest' farmer
Another contest, cut flowers this time
New magazine
Misleading food safety report
The dinner contest winner
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The print issues of Growing for Market are always great in winter because that's when more of our farmer-writers have time to contribute. The articles are already piling up for the next few issues.
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·Build your own cooler, by Ron Khosla, the inventor of the Cool-Bot.
·What you need to know before you start a growers cooperative.
·The most profitable cut flowers (see contest at right).
·Save money on seeds: how to store, inventory and order the right amount of seeds by Pam Dawling.
·A unique twist on CSA by Emily Oakley.
·Hoophouse fertility issues.
·A homemade drip tape winder by Josh Volk.

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The regulation of fresh vegetables is starting to hit home for small growers. I am hearing from farmers who have been told by supermarkets and other wholesalers that their produce needs to be audited and certified as safe by a third party. I am planning to write about this in the next issue of Growing for Market. I'll provide information about what you need to do and how much it's going to cost to comply with new food safety regulations.
Please get in touch if you have information to share. Are you being asked to get GAPs-certified? Have you done so yet? What's the process like? You can phone me toll-free at 800-307-8949 or email me.

Food Independence Day
Lynn Byczynski
Editor and Publisher
Now farming is sexy

The Huffington Post, a news and entertainment website, is having a competition for the "hottest organic farmer." We're at a loss for words, so we'll let them explain:
"Here at HuffPost Green, we think organic farmers are heroes and rock stars. And nothing is sexier than someone who likes to get dirty AND supports the good food revolution. We thought we'd celebrate some of the cuties who are farming across the country and are easy on the eyes as well."
Food Independence DayToday, there are 11 farmers (plus Michelle Obama) in the running, but nominatio
ns are still being accepted. The winner will get the honor of blogging about his or her farm on the site.

One of the nominees is Stacy Brenner of Broadturn Farm in Maine. Stacy and her husband, John, raise veggies, cut flowers, and U-Pick strawberries, as well as sheep.

Another contest: Profitable cut flowers
Food Independence DayWe're having fun with the contests we have been running in this email update. (See our Dinner Winner below from last month's contest). So here's a new contest, but please respond quickly, as time is of the essence.
We're doing an article for the print issue of Growing for Market about the most profitable cut flowers. If you're a serious cut flower grower, pick one of your top flowers and tell us what it is, how you grow it, how and where you sell it, how much you charge, how much revenue it produces, etc. Don't pick zinnias, unless you do something really unusual with them.
If we quote from your email in our upcoming article, we will send you a free copy of the brand-new book The Organic Farmers Business Handbook, a $35 value.
Send your comments to Lynn.

New flower magazine
Food Independence DayFlower magazine is a beautiful, glossy magazine with the subtitle "enriching your life through flowers." The current issue contains an article about Pamela and Frank Arnosky, who write frequently for Growing for Market. There is also a generous review of GFM editor Lynn Byczynski's book The Flower Farmer. The magazine features floral design, weddings, gardens, floral fashion and home decor. It's a magazine with a great personality, and we wish the Flower staff success!
Is fresh produce really risky?
Fresh produce is being blamed for foodborne illness in a report this month from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The CSPI report, The Ten Riskiest Foods Regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, says leafy greens have caused the greatest number of food contamination outbreaks - 363 - among the 1,500 outbreaks analyzed from 1990 to 2006.  Potatoes are #5 on the Top 10 list, tomatoes are #8 and berries are #10.

These are the basic facts that are circulating about the report, but dig a little deeper and you'll find that they do not implicate farmers in most of the outbreaks. As a food producer, you need to know all the facts about this report so you can reassure your customers who may be worried by the headlines. So let's look at what the report says about fresh produce when you get down to the details. More


Dinner winner
Last month's contest asked for 15-minute meals, dinners you can throw together to nourish yourself and your family when you're too busy growing food to cook it. Most of the entries were variations on a stir-fry theme, but now that fall is here, this high-protein salad seemed like a good seasonal choice. The winner is Michael Keefe of Mighty Sprout Farm in Winnebago County, Illinois, who says he, his wife and two boys eat it once a week. We'll be sending him a copy of Farm-Fresh Recipes. Thanks to all who entered.

Large bowl of cut salad mix and/or baby spinach
Toss with a few tbsp of Paul Newman's Organic Light Balsamic Vinaigrette (or make your own, but takes more time)
Add:
Handful of dried cranberries
Handful of walnuts
Handful of crumbled feta cheese
 
Serve on plates with warm, crusty wheat or grain bread.
 
Done!  15 minutes (or less).
If you have more time or inclination, add cut pieces of grilled chicken breast.
 



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