The Business Of U-Pick Farms

Aug 27, 2014

You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

Farmers have a lot of different choices on how to get their produce to customers these days: from wholesale to CSA's to value added. We’ll talk to UVM Extension vegetable and berry expert Vern Grubinger about Pick Your Own operations, and how they fit into the business of farming in Vermont. We'll also hear from Rob Meadows, who runs a pick your own farm with his wife in Rochester.

Also, on the three year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, we'll talk to Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, about how Vermont thinks about resiliency.

Broadcast live on Thursday, August 28 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.