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Kings gears up for local produce program


Kings Food Markets knows how to move quickly with its local produce program. The Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer is entering its third year of its 24 Hour Just Picked Promise program, which brings in local produce to promote within 24 hours of harvest.

Pamela Riemenschneider,

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Kings Food Raises the Bar for Freshness, Brings Back 24-Hour Produce Program


Kings Food Markets (Kings) continues its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients with the 2014 launch of its exclusive 24 Hour Just Picked Promise on Friday, May 23. The 24 Hour Just Picked Promise is Kings\' commitment to make locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs available to shoppers within 24 hours of being picked - giving shoppers the benefits of a local farm stand in the convenience of their neighborhood food markets.

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Some retailers look to food hubs for local sourcing


Food fads come and go, but consumers continue to embrace local products in the supermarket and on restaurant menus. However, sourcing from small, local farms can pose challenges for retailers who need a guaranteed steady supply of high-quality product.

Jenna Telesca, Supermarket News, New York, NY

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TEDxManhattan Heroes: Michael Rozyne


As TEDxManhattan approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answeriTEDxManhattan Heroes: Michael Rozyneng a few questions. Today we feature Michael Rozyne, Executive Director of Red Tomato, which connects farmers and consumers through marketing, trade, and education, and through a passionate belief that a family-farm, locally-based, ecological, fair trade food system is the way to a better tomato.

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Bee-Friendly Local Apples Help Protect Pollinators


Thanks to a farmer-scientist partnership unique to the Northeast, consumers who want to take advantage of apple season can buy Eco Apple fruit that has been grown to minimize pesticide impact on bees and other beloved beneficial pollinators.Thanks to a farmer-scientist partnership unique to the Northeast, consumers who want to take advantage of apple season can buy Eco Apple fruit that has been grown to minimize pesticide impact on bees and other beloved beneficial pollinators.

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Oke USA to import organic Fair Trade avocados


Oke USA, the import arm of Equal Exchange, will bring in organic Fair Trade avocados from Michoacan, Mexico, this season, according to the company's website.

Oke USA is known for marketing organic Fair Trade bananas grown by small-scale banana grower cooperatives under the Equal Exchange brand.


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Beyond farmers markets: can food entrepreneurs boost buying local?


Plainville, Mass.-based Red Tomato, is also focused on getting local food into supermarkets. The organization is essentially a nonprofit distributor: The group buys fruits and vegetables from its 45 partner farms, packages the produce, brands it with the Red Tomato name and sells it to more than 200 retailers across the Northeast.

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New England 'Eco Peach' Season Is Here


Red Tomato, the non-profit that brings local, sustainably grown produce to the wholesale market, announces the new crop of “ECO PEACH,” a delicious and healthy choice for those who prefer local fruit grown to stringent environmental standards. The fruit is available at Whole Foods, Balducci’s and other stores throughout the Northeast, starting this week.
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A Century of Veggies


Felix Donato's great-grandfather was a farmer who helped start the Landisville Produce Cooperative 100 years ago so growers in the region could match their crops with buyers.

But Donato, 42, who manages it today, is not a farmer. He has an economics and finance degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and when the Landisville job opened he was working for a fruit importer. He was ready to come back home, he said.

Fruit and vegetable co-ops are a dying breed: There were just 138 of them in 2010 in the United States, down from 160 in 2006, according to the latest figures... Learn more


Farm-to-Supermarket in 24 Hours (or Less)


When you grab a head of romaine or packet of herbs at the supermarket, "it could've taken five to seven days" to go from the field to the store, says Paul Kneeland, VP of Produce and Floral for the 23 Kings Food Markets in New Jersey. Kneeland wanted to better that—and has, by a lot, with Local Fresh 24/7.

Suzanne Zimmer Lowery, New Jersey Monthly.

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Kings Goes ‘Local Fresh 24/7’ Again


Kings Food Markets will roll out its "Local Fresh 24/7" program for the second year, on May 24. The program delivers locally grown farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to Kings produce departments within 24 hours of being handpicked.

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‘Local Fresh 24/7’ Returns to Kings Food Markets; For the second year in a row, Kings offers customers locally grown, farm-fresh produce delivered from farm to store within 24 hours


On Friday, May 24, Kings Food Markets (Kings) will continue to build on its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients by launching its Local Fresh 24/7 program for the second year. The program, which premiered last May, allows Kings customers to experience the benefits of a local farm stand in the convenience of their neighborhood food market by delivering locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to its aisles within 24 hours of being hand-picked.

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‘Local Fresh 24/7’ Returns to Kings Food Markets


Through Local Fresh 24/7, Kings works with a network of small and mid-sized, regional farmers to deliver all featured products fresh from the farm to its stores within 24 hours. Local farmers supplying the program pick only the freshest, most seasonal products in the morning, and through an expedited distribution process, they are delivered to Kings’ stores and prepared for sale the next day. The program was exclusively launched by Kings and was developed in partnership with Massachusetts-based Red Tomato, a non-profit organization committed to better connecting farmers and cons... Learn more


Kings Fresh Produce Grown Locally


You and that tomato just might be from the same neighborhood.

Chris Jordan, Daily Record.

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Kings Produce Program Pushes Logistics to the Max


Kings Food Markets here wants to raise the bar on the definition of “local” produce with a new initiative that rushes local fruits, vegetables and herbs to stores within 24 hours of harvest.

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Kings’ local program promises timely delivery


Kings Food Markets promises consumers a fresh experience with its Local Fresh 24/7 program. The program features displays of local produce within 24 hours of harvest. It started May 23 with a pilot and expanded in early June to the Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer’s 24 locations, said Paul Kneeland, vice president of produce and floral. Kneeland said the program will be available through Labor Day.

Pamela Riemenschneider, Packer Daily. Parsippany, NJ

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Kings Launches 'Local Fresh 24/7'


Kings Food Markets has launched its exclusive Local Fresh 24/7 program, which makes locally grown produce available for sale within 24 hours of harvest.

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Kings Food Markets Launches ‘Local Fresh 24/7'


Kings Food Markets  launches its exclusive ‘Local Fresh 24/7′ program.  The Local Fresh 24/7 program allows Kings to offer customers the benefits of a local farmstand in the convenience of their neighborhood food market by making locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs available to customers within 24 hours of harvest – all within the aisles of its stores.

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Kings Food Markets Launches ‘Local Fresh 24/7’


New initiative offers customers locally grown, farm-fresh produce within 24 hours of harvest. Kings Food Markets (Kings) builds on its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients with the launch of its exclusive ‘Local Fresh 24/7’ program. The Local Fresh 24/7 program allows Kings to offer customers the benefits of a local farmstand in the convenience of their neighborhood food market by making locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs available to customers within 24 hours of harvest – all within the aisles of its stores.... Learn more


Kings Food Markets Launches 'Local Fresh 24/7'


Kings Food Markets (Kings) builds on its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients with the launch of its exclusive 'Local Fresh 24/7' program. The Local Fresh 24/7 program allows Kings to offer customers the benefits of a local farmstand in the convenience of their neighborhood food market by making locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs available to customers within 24 hours of harvest - all within the aisles of its stores.

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Kings Gets Local


I like what Kings Food Markets is doing with its new Local Fresh 24/7 program. The Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer plans to feature products delivered to the store within 24 hours of harvest.

Pamela Riemenschneider, Produce Retailer. Parsippany, N.J

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Kings Food Markets Lanches Freshly-Harvested Produce Program "Local Fresh 24/7"updated - June 20, 2012 Wednesday EDT inShare0 Share8 Kings Food Markets Lanches Freshly-Harvested Produce Program "Local Fresh 24/7"


Kings Food Markets announced that it will be launching its "Local Fresh 24/7" initiative, whereby they will sell produce, both fruits and vegetables, hours after they were harvested from farms and fields, in a specialized section of their supermarkets.

Zanub Saeed, Franchise Herald. New York, NY

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New Initiative Brings Freshest Local Produce to Kings Shoppers


In an effort to distinguish itself in the highly competitive environment of upscale supermarket retailing, Kings Food Market has taken on the challenge of providing its customers with fresh local produce 24 hours after it’s harvested.

Maggie Giuffrida, Produce News, Livingston, NJ

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Study looks at local and regional food distribution


Called “Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution,” the report looks at distribution practices of eight producer networks and their partners distributing locally or regionally grown food to retail and foodservice customers, according to a USDA news release.

The Packer, Tom Karst

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Farm Fresh


Last Thursday during lunch, the Woodin Colloquium Series brought Red Tomato Executive Director Michael Rozyne to campus. According to Rozyne, Red Tomato was created as a way to connect local family-run farms to customers. Red Tomato ensures that the farmers get a fair price for their product while simultaneously supplying grocery stores with produce that is of superior quality.

Middlebury College, Rachel Porter

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Pooling product can enhance marketing, but start slowly


Good communication and transparent operations for everyone involved are the key, says Susan Futrell, marketing director for Red Tomato, a Boston-based nonprofit that handles sales and distribution for about 40 Northeast growers.

“When you’re working in a network like this, you need to be accessible and open about your needs,” Futrell says.

Red Tomato is more decentralized than some groups, coordinating rather than owning warehouses and trucks.

The Grower, Renee Stern

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The Latest Whole Foods Craze: The Eco Peach


Here’s the scoop on peaches this summer: You can eat them recently picked and pesticide-free without belonging to a CSA or hitting the farmer’s market. How? Stop by Whole Foods Market. Their northeast regional stores are running a campaign in conjunction with Red Tomato, the Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that brings fairly traded, sustainably grown produce to your grocery store.

Fairfield Green Food Guide, Eileen Webber

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'Eco-peach' program launched in organic, natural grocery stores


Red Tomato, a non-profit supplying fairly traded, sustainably grown produce to the wholesale market, said Thursday it is launching its Eco Peach program in Whole Foods Market stores in the Northeast. The group said the peaches are an alternative to conventional fruit or "organic fruit grown far from home."

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Red Tomato Launches New "Eco Peach"


Red Tomato, the non-profit that brings fairly traded, sustainably grown produce to the wholesale market, has partnered with Whole Foods Market Northeast this season to provide consumers with the new “ECO PEACH,” a delicious and healthy alternative to conventional fruit or organic fruit grown far from home.

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Red Tomato: Our Mission and Programs


Beyond opening up the channels of buying and distribution on behalf of these growers, there is a lot more work to be done. To stay competitive in the wholesale market, farmers must constantly keep in mind market trends, potential regulations and changes in current regulations. Through dynamic information sharing among the farmers in the Red Tomato network and conversations with retail buyers, Red Tomato develops critical programs that maintain the competitive edge of farmers in their grower network.

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Fueled by food activism groups, consumer concerns about pesticide residues may be on the rise


Michael Rozyne, founder of Red Tomato, said they work with growers and scientists to create a strict set of IPM guidelines necessary for the label. The groups meet each year to finalize their protocols for the year. Rozyne said that regularly revisiting their protocols allows them to raise the bar and adjust to climate change.

“It was very apparent...if we were going to get product at the volumes and quality that supermarkets wanted, that we were not going to be able to work with organic fruit growers in this half of the country.”

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Can Local Food Go Mainstream?


Local foods are defined, first and foremost, by their place of production, but other attributes also shape consumers’ perceptions of local food products... For many consumers, a sense of direct linkage to the producer and a desire to support the local economy are also important. This sense of connection can be difficult to maintain when a product moves to the consumer through wholesale and retail intermediaries in mainstream supermarket channels.

Robert P. King, Miguel I. Gómez, and Gigi DiGiacomo, Choices Magazine

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Locally Grown Produce Gets Results



The heirloom apples in the offices of Red Tomato have names that would be unfamiliar to most: Ashmead's Kernel, Reine de Reinette, Esopus Spitzenburg.

And they taste unfamiliar, too, at least for those accustomed to the Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples that dominate supermarket produce sections. Some of the heirloom fruits are tarter than expected, some crisper; some have unusual citrus notes.

Sarah Shemkus, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA


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Apple with a Pedigree


Roxbury Russet has a nutty flavor. Strawberry Chenango smells like roses. Cornish Gilliflower is reminiscent of clove.

Farmers and chefs treat them like fine wine, but these are apples—"heritage" or "heirloom" varieties that were common on American tables as far back as colonial times but today are rarely tasted. Now, a number of orchards and apple historians are growing these old varieties again and promoting them to restaurants, distributors and grocers. The apples are showing up in ciders and next to pork roasts.

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Red Tomato's Eco Apple Program Uses IPM Protocol


This apple season, look for the Eco AppleTM label from Red Tomato to enjoy healthy, local apples grown by a network of Northeast farmers.

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Is The Food Network About To Go Locavore?


Before Food Network jumps on the locavore bandwagon, they must put one key part in place: the un-sexy locavore bugbear, “distribution.” A company like Food Network is used to sourcing most of their food from big distributors that can ship 20 pounds of tomatoes from Chile (in the middle of January), so the idea of buying from local, mid-sized family farms in the Northeast may seem like an unthinkable, logistical nightmare. This is a corporation that can get an egg delivered at midnight, after all. Here’s where Debra Italiano, Red Tomato, and Regional Access come in to ... Learn more


Charlie says...Eat Eco Apples


So what's a consumer in the East to do who wants to buy local organic apples? The solution is the next best thing — Eco-apples. Eco apple farmers use advanced Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to control insect pests, weeds and diseases. Charlie Nardozzi, Edible Landscaping - The National Gardening Association

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Green Mountain Coffee and Ashoka’s Changemakers Announce Revelation to Action Competition Winners


Red Tomato represented Massachusetts as the state winner!

A panel of five distinguished judges from the Northeastern business and academic community narrowed the diverse pool of applicants to 15 finalists based on the innovation, social impact and sustainability of each entry. For complete rules and regulations of this competition, visit Learn more


Thriving on IPM: Fresh Ideas and Strong Relationships Keep this Farm Vibrant


Don Dzen has never been happier with his berries and pumpkins. “The quality is the best ever,” says the Connecticut grower, whose 300-acre farm has been the family business for three generations. Last year’s cold, wet growing season and sagging economy left many northeastern farmers disappointed, which makes Dzen’s satisfying harvest all the more impressive. “In a year that was abysmal, he came through with better numbers and a higher quality product,” observes Michael Rozyne, founder of a nonprofit called Learn more


Fair Trade Importer Says it's Ripe for Success



The first things newly minted MBA Bradley Russell learned about the banana business are that the product attracts customers by being the right color at the right time and that the fruit can never be allowed to sit for long. The trick also is to keep the company going in the right direction. After a period in which Oké USA did more slipping than moving forward, it linked up last year with fair trade veteran Equal Exchange to import fair trade bananas. When 2009 figures are tallied, the company expects to show that it broke even - a cause for celebration in a down business... Learn more


Model for Growth


When growers network to bring sustainably raised food to market, farmers become partners in the business of food. Article explores models for farmer networks including Red Tomato, Shephard's Grain, Organic Valley, and Tallgrass Beef Company.

Clare Leschin-Hoar, The National Culinary Review

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Red Tomato: Keeping it Local


This Harvard Business School case study describes the operating model and history of Red Tomato, a non-profit organization dedicated to branding and logistical support for locally grown produce farmers in the northeast U.S. The case highlights the challenges involved in making locally grown produce available to large consumer markets.

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Feeding an Empire State: Local More for Locavores


Working with New York’s agricultural environment is a challenge even for growers of one of the state’s most successful products, apples. New York is a major apple producer, but it is very difficult for growers to satisfy demand for one niche that commands premium prices—organic—in a state that has more than a dozen major pests and diseases, according to Harvey Reissig, a professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Still, with integrated pest management techniques developed at Cornell, apple ... Learn more


Unusual Weather Brings Bumper Crop Of Apples In Connecticut


Apple grower John Lyman, vice president of Lyman Orchards, had the kind of year that keeps farmers awake at night. First there were the record spring rains, then an early-July hailstorm that blemished his fruit, and then more rains that prevented him from planting his corn maze and pumpkins until almost mid-July.

"2009 was one of those years when, at any one time, we literally didn't know if things were going to work out," Lyman said. "Our future seemed in jeopardy every time we walked the orchards." But then, beginning in August, a run of perfect curing weather for apples &mda... Learn more


Grocery Stores Taking Stock of Local Foods


Pyramids of green apples and red tomatoes elbow each other for space. Not far away is the deli, where wedges of cheese mingle with lunch meat and sliced bread. Shoppers meander through aisles of canned soup and boxed cereal, and navigate a maze of produce and dairy. The lights are bright but not overly so.

This is, of course, a supermarket, and the size and ambience of these chain grocery stores is the opposite of what you find at small neighborhood farmers’ markets, where Vermonters tend to shop for locally produced food. Vermont has the highest number of direct farmer-to-con... Learn more


Who Moved My Tomato? How food production is going local


The author of Who Moved My Cheese? used a parable about mice and men hunting cheese to illustrate his points about anticipating, monitoring and adapting to change.  How does this relate to ag?  Unnoticed by many, the location of food production is beginning a change, albeit a still-small change.  As the local food movement gains momentum and media coverage, it is also gaining economic power, and the farmers who produce food for local distributi... Learn more


Ecological Apples


More than six years ago, Alyson's Orchard was drawn to Red Tomato's certified-ecological Eco Apple program.  It's goal is to produce Eastern apples "born here, raised here" for a premium wholesale market, via strict integrated pest management protocols.  It's a good fit for keeping this 450 acres of land in agriculture. Today, Alyson's Orchard wholesales about 25% of its apples via Eco Apple.

John Vogel, American Agriculturalist.

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Growing, selling locally: Direct-from-farm sales on the rise


With the start of New England's harvest just a few weeks away, localvores are eating the last of their winter roots in anticipation of the farmers market season. As consumers grow increasingly curious about the sources and safety of their food, public participation in community-supported agriculture and other modes of direct-from-the-farm selling has spiked in recent years. Eating local is the hottest trent in food. But only a tiny minority forgoes the middleman to purchase produce, meats, and dairy directly from the farmer. "Ninety-six percent of the population still buys food from stores,... Learn more


Local Into Retail: Reinventing the Farmer


Hartman Group interviews Michael Rozyne:

Do you find that retail interest in local products is high at this point, and do you feel that if a major retailer knocks on your door you'd have enough product to supply them? Or is it easier to work with smaller retailers?

I’ll start with retail interest in local. If you let the media answer that question, you would believe that there was an explosive growth in local interest around 2006. Yet my experience with it is that when I started Red Tomato in 1996-1997, I felt like there was already very stron... Learn more


Sales Tip Scales for Eco Apple Growers


Growers, scientists, and marketers have successfully boosted the market for IPM-grown apples through their collaborations in the Northeast. With IPM Partnership funds and leadership from a nonprofit called Red Tomato, the multistate “Eco Apple” working group saw sales grow nearly five-fold over a three-year period.

IPM Insights Winter 09

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A Growing Demand: Delivery Service Founder Finds Increased Interest in Locally Grown Organic Produce


Jeff Barry, the founder of Charlestown-based produce delivery service Boston Organics, found that some of his customers were dismissing bananas, even those of the organic, fair trade variety.  Eschewing exotic fruits shipped from far away, some of his customers were developing a preference for locally grown food, and Barry, who sells a variety of produce boxes directly to consumers, decided to jump on the bandwagon.  Barry isn't the only player in the New England food chain to notice a growing demand for local food.

Jennifer Schwartz, The Boston Globe. Boston, MA.... Learn more


Equal Exchange: Uniting Local and Global Communities Through Coffee


For many people, a day simply cannot be started properly
without a cup of coffee or tea. But for locavores—people
who are committed to eating locally grown and produced food—
purchasing coffee and tea becomes somewhat of a dilemma.
How does one continue to support local farmers while consuming
beverages brewed from ingredients grown thousands of miles

Kate Strassel, Edible South Shore. Boston, MA.

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Community Investment Partner: Red Tomato


Canton, Massachusetts-based non-profit Red Tomato stands out in a crowd.  Red Tomato's mission is connecting farmers and consumers through marketing, trade, and education.  Their passionate belief is that a family-farm, locally based, incorporating ecological practices and using a fair trade food system, is teh way to a better tomato.  Red Tomato was founded in 1996.

Laura Edwards-Orr, Red Tomato

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Bringing Fair Trade to Local Growers


When Michael Rozyne founded Equal Exchange in 1986, he was at the forefront of creating the fair trade movement in coffee, tea and cocoa.  After spending nine years creating and building the international cooperative, Rozyne decided to explore fair trade with the locally grown fruits and vegetables he enjoyed most.

Rebekah Fraser, Fruit, Nut & Vegetable Production Growing. St. Johnsbury, VT.

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Eco Apples: Customers buy concept of advanced IPM


The phrase “Integrated Pest Mangement” doesn’t exactly flow off one’s tongue and produces a somewhat fuzzy effect on the brain as well. “Michael felt the name Eco Apple would have a bit more punch to it than IPM,” said Dan Cooley, a plan pathologist with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The Michael he refers to is Michael Rozyne, the director of Red Tomato, where the term Eco Apple was developed…

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NE Growers Reach More Customers with Red Tomato


About 40 farms in New England, New York and Pennsylvania sell produce through Red Tomato - and none of them appear to ahve a bad word to say about it.  Some of them rely on Red Tomato to sell most of what they produce, and others sell some to Red Tomato but much goes elsewhere.

Dick Lehnert, Fruit Growers News. Sparta, MI.

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Red Tomato Turns a Symbol into a Useful Reality


You have to think a little outside the box to understand Red Tomato.  First of all, Red Tomato is an organization that is only a little bit about red tomatoes.  Red Tomato is a name, a sumbol, really, meant to evoke the great idea of a well-colored, high quality, vine-ripened, juicy, flavorful, locally grown, garden-fresh fruit or vegetable, as opposed to...the other kind.

Dick Lehnert, Fruit Growers News. Sparta, MI.

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Common Market Distributes Local Farmers' Produce


In their 27 years of farming, Andy and Dawn Buzby have taked all the usual routes to selling the produce from their 153-acre Salem County farm.

They have sold to distributors in Vineland, New Jersey, and in Philadelphia, directly to small grocers, and to consumers at farmers’ markets.

But the Busbys had no easy way to sell to a potentially huge market right in their backyard: institutions, such as hospitals and universities.

Harold Brubaker, Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, PA.

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Demand Surges for Food Grown Closer to Home


Plato’s Harvest farm in Middleboro has sold out its weekly vegetable shares. The Brockton farmers’ market is doubling in size. Area grocery stores are offering local farmers higher prices than ever for local food.

The signs are everywhere: Local farming is once again a growing industry, as demand surges for food produced close to home.

Kyle Alspach, The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, MA

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Growing Trend: Canton nonprofit helps boost family


Michael Rozyne has long been a champion of the small and medium sized family farm. Fresh out of Bowdin College in 1979, Rozyne began marketing for Estabrook Farm in Yarmouth, Maine. In 1985, he co-founded the for-profit coffee cooperative Equal Exchange, a West Bridgewater-based company that distributes beans purchased at fair-trade prices from Third World growers. Rozyne’s latest venture is Canton-based Red Tomato.

A.J. Bauer, Patriot Ledger. Quincy, MA.

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Faces of Fair Trade tour visits New York City


As part of a month-long celebration of Fair Trade, a “Faces of Fair Trade: Uniting the Global and Local” tour was held Saturday, October 27, and Sunday October 28, in New York City.

The tour group included banana farmers from Ecuador and Costa Rica, a pecan farmer from Georgia and an apple grower from New England.

Brian Gaylord, Produce News. Oradell, NJ

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Focusing on Core Business


Ashfield- Aaron, Brian, and Dana Clark grow apples on the same rolling hills as did their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The fact that land Herbert Clark purchased in 1886 remains the Clark Brothers Orchard in 2007 is due to a combination of luck, skill, a helpful microclimate, and, in recent years the same kind of cooperative marketing agreement that seeks fair prices for small Latin American producers selling bananas.

Dietra Henderson, Boston Globe. Boston, MA.

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The New Face of Fair Trade


Carlos Vargas gripped his coffee mug, the hot brew inside warming his hands. “When I see this cup of coffee,” Mr. Vargas said, “I see the effort of a lot of people.” Mr. Vargas, a Costa Rican banana farmer, spoke thoughtfully. “It's not anonymous,” he assured the small audience gathered around a coffee table at Joe Coffee Bar last Tuesday.

Alexandra Stafford, The Bulletin. Philadelphia, PA.

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That's a Fair Banana


Leonardo Bravo, a 49-year-old Ecuadorian banana farmer, came to this college town to convey what an economics textbook never would; that buyers who pay more for their fruit than the free market demands are not only rational, but also wise.

Eric Gershon, Hartford Courant. Hartford, CT.

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An Apple Scented Eden


While most of us dream our dreams as an exercise of the imagination, a rare few actually make their dreams come true. Alyson's Orchard in Walpole is such a dream, a very real imagining about a magical place.

New Hampshire Magazine. Manchester, NH.

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Fair Trade Strategy for Northeast


For Northeast apple farmers it was a matter of survival. Facing a perfect storm of rising land, oil and labor prices, along with fierce competition from China and Chile, the apple farmers needed to find new revenue streams fast. They began a collaboration with Red Tomato.

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