Most of the questions we get about our produce is what are we feeding the plants. In our High Tunnel and Raised Beds we are growing our produce in the ground so we are using organic fertilizers like compost, worm castings and fish juice. In our hydroponic system we have to use fertilizers that are water soluble. Both macro and micro nutrients are mined fertilizers with the majority coming from a company in Israel called Haifa.
Haifa was founded in 1966 by the Israeli government in order to leverage natural Israeli resources of Potash from the Dead Sea and Phosphate Rock found in the Negev Region.
Although tomatoes are the most common crop produced by many growers because of their tremendous demand and high market value, other crops including cucumbers, herbs and lettuce are also being grown. Fresh, good tasting and quality produce is in high demand in many markets.
Consumers depend on shipped in produce for most of the year. The texture and taste of green picked, gas ripened tomatoes or leaf crops with a short life because they were shipped from distant locations does not satisfy the desires and demands of today's discerning shopper. The carbon footprint of the field production methods and transportation process from a long distant is gaining many people's attention and "local" has become an important aspect.
The quality of local hydroponically grown produce is unsurpassed. Hand picked tomatoes, cucumbers and greens are harvested at optimum times for quality preservation and presented in an appealing fashion. Because this is what more consumers are demanding, more produce buyers are looking for local suppliers of such quality.
Local food is fresh, high quality vegetables and fruit because it is usually sold to the consumer within hours of being picked.
Hydroponic vegetables are more nutritious than what you can get at a grocer because they are fed optimal nutrition while some soil used for crop production may be deficient.
Most locally grown food is hand harvested when it is ripe for immediate sale to the consumer with good taste as a prime criterion. A recent study showed that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly; therefore, locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest retains it nutrients.
Farmers are a vanishing breed, The farmer gets less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. Local farmers who sell direct to customers, cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their produce. This means that farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love.
As the value of direct marketed produce increases, selling farmland for development becomes less likely. The landscape that you enjoy during a ride to the country will only survive as long as farms are financially viable. When you buy food locally grown, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
The bridge to urban/rural gap connects the consumers to the food source and the farmers to the consumers and puts everyone in touch with the seasons and helps them to know their farmers.
By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.
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