Fourteen growers were recognized by Roundy’s Inc. at the “Love Your Local Farmer” dinner and award ceremony.
The event was Jan. 22 in Milwaukee.
George Espantman, Appleland Orchards, Belgium, Wis., was recognized for 50 years as a supplier.
Jolanta Hardj, Farmed Here, Chicago, was named most innovative urban farm.
Will Allen, Growing Power Inc., Milwaukee, was recognized for best sustainable farm practices.
Rob Balsimo and Wisconsin Food Hub members, Dane County, Wis., were recognized for two successful years of service.
Mike and Stephanie Borzynski, Borzynski Farms, Franksville, Wis., were recognized as most valuable player.
Bill Ingersoll, Ingersoll Farms, Sullivan, Wis., received best service operator to the warehouse.
Bill Henry, The Gourmet Grower, Fontana, Wis., was named rookie of the year.
Wayne and Michelle Sirles, Rendleman Orchards, Alto Pass, Ill., were recognized for most generations in family farming.
Robert Fechter, Fechter Farms, Saukville, Wis., received best specialty herb grower.
Rick Didier, Didier Farms, Lincolnshire, Ill., was given best field to store service.
Rog and Dawn Geers, Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc., Sparta, Mich., were recognized for providing largest varitiety of apples.
Dick Okray, Okray Family Farms, Plover, Wis. was recognized as potato packer of the year.
Keith Kersten, Bushel Boy, Owatonna, Minn., was recognized for best greenhouse tomato.
Habelman Bros. Co., Tomah, Wis., received best Midwest cranberry grower.