Posts By: Gideon Burdick

The Disappearing East Coast Apple

local apples on display

Walking through the produce section of a grocery store in the Northeast in the past month and you’re likely to have noticed something strange. Despite a good harvest and plenty of supply, Macoun, McIntosh, Empire, Gala, Pink Lady, and Evercrisp apples from the Northeast are difficult, if not impossible to find, having all but disappeared… Read more »

Red Tomato Celebrates 20 Years of Supporting Mid-Sized Farms in the Northeast

Over 100 farmers, scientists, funders, advisors and current and former staff and board gathered Saturday, November 4th at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, MA. The diverse crowd celebrated nonprofit Red Tomato’s 20 years of delivering local produce from mid-sized farms in the Northeast to our regions grocery stores and institutions…. Read more »

Why small, local, organic farms aren’t the key to fixing our food system

In general, the experts I talk to about this have a view of sustainability that encompasses all sizes and all crops, with local and organic playing an important, but necessarily small, role. Michael Rozyne plays that role. He’s the founder of Red Tomato, a Massachusetts food hub that connects midsize regional produce growers to supermarkets,… Read more »

Analysis shows Environmental Impact of EcoApple® Orchards

Elly Vaughan Phoenix Fruit Farm

Sixteen Northeast orchards representing 1439 acres of fruit are successfully certified Eco Apple® for 2017. Several of the orchards have now been certified Eco for ten years or more, with additional orchards joining over the past decade. Phoenix Fruit Farm of Belchertown, MA, under the leadership of new owner Elly Vaughan, is certified for the… Read more »

Farmer Partnership produces Certified Local Eco Peaches

Six Northeast orchards are Eco PeachTM certified for 2017 Available at farm stands and supermarkets throughout the Northeast The Eco Peach program, the result of ten years of collaboration between growers and science advisors, is a rigorous, ecology-based farming and third party certification program that supports and rewards farmers who use the most ecologically sound,… Read more »

Wild Maine Blueberries

Lynn Thurston started Blue Sky Produce in Maine in response to a simple problem: Less than 1% of wild blueberries are harvested for the fresh market. Since 2006 Lynn has been working to build relationships with growers, distributors and customers. Wild Blueberries are one of North America’s oldest native berries, and have thrived under the… Read more »

The Business of Food Hubs

Red Tomato Featured in Stateline Publication Our Director of Marketing, Sue Futrell, was featured in a recent article from Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. What’s more, midsize farmers are typically too large to rely on those channels alone to sell all their food, and lack the volume and distribution resources to sell… Read more »

Eco Apple Featured in Fruit Growers News

Eco Apple, a program of Red Tomato, was featured in the December 2016 edition of the Fruit Growers News. Program seeks to reward ecological practices More than a dozen apple growers in the Northeast are using a third-party certification program called Eco Apple. Not as strict as organic certification, it’s a way for the growers… Read more »