[Market-farming] Basket-a-week

Steve Diver steved at ncat.org
Tue Feb 6 17:57:46 EST 2007


>Where is your operation located in Arkansas? I'd like to 
>know more about what you are doing and how. Are you 
>using a website to market your baskets? How do you 
>manage providing baskets year-round.


What I meant to say is that there is a large-scale
family farm in Arkansas that started a "basket a
week" and it's be a smash hit for their income
and customer base.   

I'm an agriculture specialist sometimes involved
with organizing meetings. We had Mr. Jody Hardin come 
speak at the AR-OK horticulture growers conference 
earlier in January.    

Jody started the basket-a-week program to enhance
sales for Hardin Farms in Central Arkansas, located
near the  Arkansas River around Litle Rock.  They grow a
lot of crops and they do a Fall Harvest theme
with pumpkins.

Hardin Farms 
http://www.hardinfarms.com

The baskets are sold thru Hardin's River Mercantile,
an urban store for Hardin Farms produce.

Hardin's River Mercantile
http://www.rivermerc.com

They grow vegetable as part of the basket and 
they source other foods from local growers
such as goat cheese, lamb meat, organic 
brown rice, eggs, etc.   

They will be starting a Turkey CSA in 2007,
raising rare breed turkeys.

Good luck,

Steve Diver

 






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