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Marketing Produce to Restaurants

Buy LocalThink ahead to your first harvest of 2015: you have a field or greenhouse filled with beautiful, lush and highly profitable crops waiting to be sold. The tomatoes are plumper and redder than ever and the heads of hydroponically grown lettuce have broad leaves that are the ideal shade of green. Maybe it’s even your best growing year to date. Sure, you can put your produce in your roadside stand, invite customers to pick their own or travel the region displaying your handiwork at local markets, but this year you know that your harvest is worth more and want something different for it.

Well, marketing your produce to local restaurants could be the perfect way to boost its worth and get it into the hands of those that truly appreciate it. In order to get your goods into the local restaurants you’ll have to be aware of local and national food trends, familiarize yourself with local restaurants, produce marketing materials and set up meetings with local chefs, managers and restaurateurs. Read more

Now’s the time to grow professionally

Commercial crop productionThere really hasn’t been a better time to take your hobby growing operation to the professional level. Growing professionally is a great way to earn a primary income or supplement your current job with another pay check. If you currently have a smaller-scale growing operation it can be relatively easy to take it to the next level. Between the ability to acquire government funding, the current appreciation that food culture places on fresh, locally grown produce and the ability to grow year-round, now is the time to start planning your next business move. Read more

Growers Supply introduces new Rolling Bench with Propagation Tray

Rolling Tray & Propagation BenchAs an industry leading manufacturer and distributor of gardening, growing and nursery supplies, we here at Growers Supply strive to offer the widest selection of products to suite any need. The recent addition of our new Rolling Bench with Propagation Tray enables greenhouse growers to quickly and easily transplant seedlings from propagation trays to Dutch Buckets, NFT systems and more.

The 48”W x 96”L grow bench saves time on preparation and transplanting, enabling you to spend less time preparing and more time growing. Featuring a strong, corrosion-resistant, galvanized steel frame with casters, this tray glides throughout your growing space. Capable of holding 1,000 lbs. while stationary or 300 lbs. when moving, the new Rolling Bench with Propagation Tray offers a helpful hand to greenhouse growers everywhere.

Shop our complete selection of 30,000 plus products online at www.GrowersSupply.com

Counting Down the Days to Growing Season 2015

Spring flower gardenIt’s almost here. The excitement is building. Here in the Northeast – and much of the rest of the country – it means an end to the constantly accumulating snow and subzero temperatures. If you haven’t read the title there’s no doubt the anticipation is killing you. Yup, it’s time to not only think about growing season, but also time to put plans into action, because the growing season is almost here. If you haven’t been thinking about your growing plans in 2015, it’s certainly time. We’re going to go over some of the preliminary steps to a successful season, including how to get healthy, nutrient-rich soil, and luckily for the snow ridden, there are key preparations that can be made, even if there is snow outside. Read more

Plant Profile: Nufar-Basil

Nufar BasilWe are excited to feature the first crop in our Plant Profile series that is produced in our aquaponics system.  So what is this plant you ask?  Well, it’s basil, Nufar Basil to be exact.  We have it growing in our aquaponics greenhouse, which is located at our Dyersville, Iowa campus.  We have recently updated and re-designed both our aquaponics system and building within the past year, and we are pretty excited about our new setup.  We have been experimenting with several different types of plants, and we are happy to say, Nufar Basil has been a huge success.  You can learn all about growing this crop for yourself in either a hydroponic system or aquaponics system below. Read more

Garden Benefits of Backyard Chickens

Chickens in gardenWhile the relationship may not be obvious, raising backyard chickens is a great way to produce a healthy, beautiful garden. Chickens are natural ground purifiers; they eat pests, naturally till the soil and their by-products contain several nutrients that are essential for healthy plant growth. By adding only a few chickens to your farm or home, you can greatly benefit your garden in a variety of ways. Read more

A Guide to Seed Selection: Tips, Tricks and Helpful Products

Seed SelectionWith Spring just a mere six weeks away, it’s literally getting easier to look on the bright side. With the sun setting later and later each day its beginning to look a lot like growing season once again. While the winter months can be a drag for garden lovers, experienced growers know that winter time is one of the most important times of the year, as it allows you to plan out next year’s garden. For many, seed selection begins as soon as the last crop has been harvested, and for some, seed selection never stops! Read more

Plant Profile: Marnero Tomatoes

Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Photo courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds

There is a new crop in town here in our company headquarter’s grow rooms, and we are very excited to share it. While it isn’t a new crop for everyone, it is the first time we have ever grown it here, and so far we like what we have seen from our Marnero Tomatoes. We haven’t even harvested our first tomato yet, but for horticulture fanatics like us, it’s been hard to keep this under wraps for so long. You can learn about caring for your own crop of young tomatoes in this month’s plant profile. Read more

Meet the New Bloggers

Guess WhoWhether you’re a devoted reader of our blog, or just a casual observer, there is a chance you may have noticed some changes in our writing style and topic coverage over the last few months. Those changes have come about from our dedicated team of new bloggers, all of whom have been producing new and original content for the blog since August 2014. We wanted to take some time to let our readers know a little bit more about who we are and offer some insight into our industry expertise and experience within the field. Read more

CEA School 2015: Same School, New Style

Presentations at CEA SchoolAs an industry leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), our mission is to provide solutions, knowledge and key insights of climate controlled agriculture. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through our CEA schools, which we host on a monthly basis at our company headquarters in South Windsor, Connecticut and our manufacturing facility in Dyersville, Iowa. We have proudly hosted hundreds of aspiring and experienced growers at this three-day educational event, which started in 2013. Thanks to the customer feedback we have received from each school, we have made some new and exciting changes for our 2015 schools. Read more

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