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 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!

Fresh Forward Farms

International Produce Training: What Fresh Forward Farms is doing to help our member growers

March 26, 2021

At Fresh Forward Farms, we are always looking for ways to help our member growers gain more knowledge and training. One of the things we are doing this year to further that mission is sponsoring…

Young Apple Leaders

Young Apple Leaders: We don’t just grow apples; we lobby for better policy programs for farmers

March 12, 2021

When it comes to apples, it’s one thing to grow and sell them. But it’s another thing to try and improve the industry – not only for farmers but consumers as well. Enter: Young Apple Leaders.

Fresh Forward farm partners

Winters off? Not for Fresh Forward Farm Partners!

February 5, 2021

When the growing season ends for farmers, they don’t go off to a beach somewhere and relax. For Fresh Forward’s Farm Partners, there is always work to be done – especially in the winter.

Fresh Forward farmers

Fresh apples in the winter? Our Fresh Forward farmers make it possible!

February 5, 2021

If you’ve recently bitten into a crispy, juicy fresh apple that was locally grown, you might wonder: How can this be? It’s possible: Thanks to our Fresh Forward farmers. How it happens isn’t a mystery: It’s the result of a new variety of apple, some planning and an innovative storage system that keeps our apples…