- Fruits: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums
- Vegetables: cucurbits, tomatoes
- Additional Plants: ornamentals
- Farm Business Management: marketing management, market study
In order for smaller producers of fruits and vegetables to capture the local supermarket business, growers must assure volume deliveries and identify products with labels.
Objectives: 1) To develop and implement a marketing plan to differentiate between local and shipped-in produce, 2) to establish a consortium of local growers to market under a common label and 3) to target Michigan consumers to support and request lcoally grown produce.
The goal was to develop a container and label for exclusive use of growers in the consortium, pack the container only with premium quality produce and provide the volume to meet chain store needs.
Results: The project was extended to allow additional time to meet the goals fo the project.