Posts Categorized: News

5 Questions About the National Farm to School Network

Laura, our Executive Director was recently named to the Advisory Board of the National Farm to School Network. We paused for 5 questions to learn more about the Networks work and how Luara and Red Tomato can contribute! 1. What does the National Farm to School Network do? The National Farm to School Network increases… Read more »

Rozie Joins the Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Our Supply Chain Associate Rozie, who happens to live in Providence was recently named to the advisory board of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. Curious what the food policy council is, and what it does? Read On! 1. What is a food policy council? (thinking national in scope here) Food Policy councils exist on… 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 »

When An Heirloom Tomato Hits a Wall…

  …it splatters, unlike the hard pink winter tomatoes from Florida and Mexico that I have played baseball with, literally. Heirloom tomatoes started showing up at farmer’s markets as a response to the flavorless supermarket tomato. Heirlooms are now widespread. The challenge Red Tomato faced in 2005 was getting heirloom tomatoes to supermarket shelves. But… Read more »

Farmworker Partnerships in the Northeast – a Red Tomato and Equitable Food Initiative Pilot Launching this Spring

“A good crew is the best insurance you can have” says vegetable grower Wally Czajkowski of Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA, a sentiment likely shared by all the growers in the Red Tomato network. The knowledge, skill, health, and well-being of a farm’s crew is integrally linked with the economic well-being of the farm as… Read more »

Three takeaways from our vegetable growers meeting

For most of our years Red Tomato has held an annual growers meeting, most recently in eastern New York. The meeting is designed to bring together our entire network of fruit and vegetable growers, along with the scientists who advise us, for 2 days of planning, learning, and sharing. This year, with the continued expansion of… Read more »