Amish growers find ready market in Ohio - The Packer

Amish growers find ready market in Ohio

06/02/2011 01:11:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

“With what our guys are doing right now, I don’t think they will have to change very much at all besides having a third-party audit, perhaps,” he said.

He speculated that over time only a few Amish growers might quit growing vegetables rather than put in a third-party audit or enhanced traceability.

Bergefurd said working with Amish growers on production or food safety issues means relying on traditional mail and face-to-face meetings rather than email and web-based seminars.

“It just means going back to traditional extension education,” he said.

Amish growers are trying to do their best to grow a safe product and are prepared to “go through the same hoops” as other growers to find markets for their produce, he said.

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