Last week, the Produce for Kids team had the privilege of visiting the Shuman Produce farms for the start of Vidalia® onion season. We got to visit the offices, tour the packing facilities and take a stroll through some of the farms. Did you know that Produce for Kids was founded by John Shuman, president of Shuman Produce? Back in 2002, he had a vision to bring the produce industry together to help support children’s charities.
Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Michigan Apple Committee. Learn more about one of the many growers they work with, the Youngquist family! Youngquist Farm is a 180-acre orchard, located on the “Fruit Ridge” in Kent City, MI. Mark Youngquist, a 5th generation grower, works alongside his father, Wayne Youngquist and son, Jordan Youngquist on their family-operated farm. While Mark’s great-grandfather originally purchased the land, it was his grandfather, Carlton, who planted the first orchard.
While my family in Pennsylvania braved the first winter blast, I was lucky enough not only to find myself in Florida, but on a strawberry farm! Thanks to Sue Harrell (aka Strawberry Sue), Marketing Director for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA), the Produce for Kids team was treated to a day filled with strawberries.