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What is available at fall farmers markets

AUBURN, Ala. – As the weather gets colder and the fall months push on, farmers market shoppers are left to question what is still available at their favorite markets. Within the last few years, the nearly 200 Alabama markets have seen a dramatic rise in popularity. Due to this increase, farmers are finding new ways to stay competitive and offer shoppers products year-round. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshop to Support Local Foods

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AUBURN, Ala. – A free workshop designed to help Alabama farmers and others develop grant applications will be held Friday, April 1, in Selma. Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the workshop will focus on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Set for November 2015

AUBURN, Alabama—In 2014, fresh market vegetable and melon production in Alabama was valued at more than $20 million, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2013. As Alabama growers look to improve production and their bottom line, the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Fall Conference will give producers the most recent information and research. The conference will be ... Read More »

Make the Most of Fresh Produce

It’s National Farmers Market Week! Refresh your memory with tips and tricks on selecting and handling the bounty you will bring home from the market. The 16th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 2- 8 and with the many farmers markets in Alabama, there are an abundance of great places to find fresh, locally grown produce. A recent publication from ... Read More »

Alabama Needs More Transplant Growers

Each year, commercial vegetable operations around Alabama look for quality, affordable vegetable transplants. Few growers produce their own transplants. Commercially-produced transplants are available from a number of sources around the southeastern United States but those sources are looking to move large volumes of transplants– usually 5,000 or more transplants at time– of the same variety. Most vegetable producers in Alabama ... Read More »

Fresh Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry an amazing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after ... Read More »

Peaches: A Great Treat on a Hot Afternoon

Peach Crop Insurance

Peaches are a Southern tradition in the summer. They are a great treat to have on a hot afternoon. Now that peaches are in season, it is important to know how to choose the best peach and the best ways to preserve them.  When choosing the best peach, it is important to take into account how ripe it is. “Make sure ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

local food

AUBURN, Ala. – Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every state this spring. Alabama Extension and the Southern Regional Center for Rural Development are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and National Institute for ... Read More »