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Winter Production and Storage

Root vegetables

Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales for New England Vegetable Crops

Farmers in New England are responding to the steadily increasing public desire for year-round access to local food. Growing and selling enough fresh vegetables in the winter months to satisfy market demands requires both adapting traditional techniques and technologies, and adopting altogether new ones. These webpages aim to be a robust resource for information on winter vegetable farming – from production to storage to sales.

For more information, contact the UMass Vegetable Program

About the Projects

Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales for New England Vegetable Crops

This website was made possible with funding provided by a Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE-SARE) grant. Beginning in 2010, project participants at the Universities of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Extensions, along with two local food organizations, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) in western MA and Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) in eastern NH have been conducting research trials, and collaborating with winter vegetable producers throughout New England on methods for production, storage, and marketing to strengthen this aspect of the regional food system. The project was officially completed in 2014, but winter vegetable production and storage continue to be topics of interest for the UMass Vegetable Program.

Visit the SARE project database to read the full report of this project

Expanding winter harvest and sales for New England vegetable crops (SARE Project #: LNE10-297)

Explore the resources of our project partners

Related Project

Optimizing Food Storage Systems for Quality, Safety, and Energy Efficiency

  • Ben Weil, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Building and Construction Technology program, Principal Investigator
  • Luke Doody, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Graduate Student

Results from this research can be found in the Storage section of this website, and among the Presentations & Proceedings.

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