Fresh, Local Produce Available in February

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2008 by: Barb Nelson | Category: Events


Who says you can’t buy local in Ohio this time of year? Bittersweet Farms invites you to join us for a taste of local in February. In an effort to demonstrate increased profit potential through an extended growing season, Bittersweet Farms and the Center for Innovative Food Technology are coordinating a study on produce production in a hoop house. The intent of this effort is not to verify that produce can be grown successfully in a hoop house, as that has been proven for a number of years. Rather, what to plant and when to plant resulting in the most economic return to the grower. The collaboration between CIFT and Bittersweet Farms has combined technical resources with the management to advance this effort successfully.

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2008; 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Location: Bittersweet Farms, 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571

Program will take place in the Horticulture Building and then advance to the hoop house. Appropriate attire recommended.

Program: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will discuss how incorporating this growing system benefits producers, retailers, consumers; essentially anyone involved with the food chain.

An overview of what a hoop house is and how it can benefit local growers, restaurants and consumers will be provided. See fresh product being harvested from the structure and prepared for market.

A hoop house is a structure similar to a greenhouse but requiring almost no energy or heat to operate, thereby, reducing the cost involved with production. A hoop house can vary in size and construction material and typically is cost effective with a short payback period. See attached jpg. photo of two individuals from Bittersweet Farms planting seeds in the hoop house.


Press Release Contact Name: Barb Nelson
Press Release Contact Email: bnelson@bittersweetfarms.org
Press Release Contact Phone: 419-875-6986
Organization Name: Bittersweet, Inc.
Website or Link: www.bittersweetfarms.org
Organization Address: 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Rd., Whitehouse, OH, 43571