Farming

How Hurricane Irma Impacted Florida’s Crops — Food News

Hurricane Irma left a lot in devastation: people were stranded and homes, businesses, and farms were destroyed. The latter leaves the future of produce especially vulnerable.

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How Scientists Are Bringing Flavor Back to Tomatoes — Food News

If you think tomatoes are flavorless and not what they used to be, then you're not wrong: The taste quota of the fruit, which originated in Central and South America, has been on a steady decline. But all hope — er, taste — is not lost! An international team of researchers from the United States, China, Spain, and Israel have been studying different breeds of tomatoes for a decade and have a solution.

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New USDA Program Makes It Easier for Farmers to Farm Organically — Food News

Organic produce is generally more expensive — according to Consumer Reports, it's 47 percent more expensive than conventional produce — which is why it can be a bit of a head-scratcher as to why more farmers are not jumping on the organic bandwagon. Sure, the cost and time is higher than traditional farming, but so are the financial rewards.

So, what gives?

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This Is the Most Gorgeous Corn on the Cob You’ll Ever See — Beautiful Food

I doubt you've ever seen corn that looks like this before. Glass gem corn, uncovered by Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes, was found when Barnes decided to connect with his Native American roots through food. He discovered several strains of corn seeds through his agricultural journey and through selective planting, he was able to cultivate the beautiful crop.

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The Economics of Farm Stands and Farmers Markets — Farm Stand Freestyle

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Farm stands and farmers markets are the grocery stores of summer, when the produce is so ripe and flavorful you don't need to do much to take it from your canvas tote to the plate. But while we tend to lump the two together — and it's true that you can buy many of the same fruits and veggies at both — farm stands and farmers market are actually different.

Here, we look at the difference to you and to the farmer in terms of cost, labor, and quality of produce.

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Farm Stands & Farmers Markets Sound Similar, but Their Differences Are Important — Farmers Market Suppers

Farm stands and farmers markets are the grocery stores of summer, when the produce is so ripe and flavorful you don't need to do much to take it from your canvas tote to the plate. But while we tend to lump the two together — and it's true that you can buy many of the same fruits and veggies at both — farm stands and farmers market are actually different.

Here, we look at the difference to you and to the farmer in terms of cost, labor, and quality of produce.

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