Posts Categorized: The Business

What it takes to bring Northeast Apples to Market

Here in the Northeast, where centuries-old orchards still dot the countryside, we’re eating some of the best apples grown anywhere in the world. Apple growers—with astounding fortitude and a tolerance for risk that rivals the most adventurous stock-market gambler — face a dazzling array of challenges, both natural and human-inflicted. Voracious pests love apples as… Read more »

Laura Edwards-Orr Recognized in Inaugural Fruit and Vegetable 40 Under 40

Vegetable Growers news recently announced the winners to their first 40 Under 40 Fruit and Vegetable awards. This award recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are leading the agricultural industry. Laura Edwards, our Executive Director since 2014, has been selected as one of the 40 who is being honored. “These 40 young… Read more »

Angel Joins the Wallace Center Food Systems Leadership Network

We’re excited to share that our Director of Operations Angel joins the Wallace Center Food Systems Leadership Network as a mentor to help build capacity across the movement! 1.What is the Food Systems Leadership Network? The Food Systems Leadership Network is a national Community of Practice to support leaders and staff of community-based organizations working… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »