sustainable farming practices

Sustainable Farming Practices: Why our growers are committed to it and are switching from wooden to plastic bins

July 29, 2021

At Fresh Forward, our growers are committed to sustainable farming practices and we are always looking for ways to do better. Sustainable farming practices are at the core of our mission, and our growers are constantly working, learning and changing their processes to better serve the environment. And in recent months, many of our growers…

fall

Apples and hayrides and football: Here are 5 things we love about fall!

July 29, 2021

Sadly, summer is winding down but that means fall is coming and we love this time of year! Even though you have to put away your flip-flops and swimsuit, you get to break out your cozy hoodies and drink apple cider. It’s really a win-win. Fall is a great time of year in the Midwest,…

organically grown

Conventionally or organically grown: Four things you should know about the food you eat

July 7, 2021

Picture this: You are standing at the grocery store with two peaches in your hand. One is organically grown and the other is conventionally grown. Which one is better? Are they both healthy? What is the right choice? Choosing organically grown vs. conventionally grown produce is a personal decision and really, there is no “right”…

peach season

It’s peach season! Here’s all you need to know about the quintessential fruit of summer

July 7, 2021

There’s nothing better than a juicy ripe peach in the summer, and that taste is why peach season is a favorite all over the United States. Peach season IS summertime, and the taste of a ripe peach is something most people crave in July and August. So, what is it about peaches that make them…

apple farming

Behind the scenes: Apple farming is more than just watching fruit grow on trees!

May 28, 2021

Apple orchards are beautiful places: In the spring, there are flowering trees, then as the summer progresses, there is growing fruit. And in the fall, the harvest of crisp juicy apples. But apple farming is more than just watching fruit grow on trees! Apple farming is really year-round work, with much to be done in…

Farm Fresh Vegetables

How to get more farm fresh produce in your family during National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month!

May 28, 2021

With the summer’s bounty of farm fresh produce hitting stores and markets, now is a great time to make sure your family is eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. And, since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, it gives you even more of an incentive to add colorful, delicious farm fresh produce…

family farm

Four reasons why your family farm needs to be on social media

May 10, 2021

You probably check your social media more than you think, or rely on it for more than just seeing someone’s cute baby pictures. The fact is, social media has infiltrated much of our daily lives and so if you run a family farm, you definitely should have a presence there. You might be asking yourself…

pollination

Pollination 101: What everyone needs to know about bees

May 10, 2021

Stop and think for a minute what you have eaten today. Fruit? Veggies? If you’ve had an apple or some zucchini, chances are you were able to consume it because of pollination. So, what is pollination? In a nutshell, it’s the transfer of pollen to allow for fertilization. And it’s done by pollinators, like bees,…

Fresh Forward Farms’ member growers

Fresh Forward Farms’ member growers are local but our reach is big

April 6, 2021

Think about the apple in your refrigerator or in the fruit bowl on your counter. Do you know where it grew? We’d like to think it came from one of Fresh Forward Farms’ member growers.

farm fresh fruits

It’s planting season! Here’s the scoop on the farm fresh fruits and vegetables coming your way

April 6, 2021

In the Midwest and Great Lakes parts of the country, it’s becoming clear that winter is over and spring has sprung. That means it’s planting season and farm fresh fruits and vegetables are coming your way!