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Global fruit and vegetable production reaches nearly $1 Trillion each year at farmgate value compared with US$ 837 Billion total value of all food grains combined (Farm Gate Value of Fruits and Vegetable Production).

Though fruits and vegetables remain vital components of global agriculture, their market remains underdeveloped globally. Our research indicates that investing in post-farmgate interventions is vital.

Fresh berries

Berries are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, low in calories, high in antioxidants, and versatile storage options – they can even be dried or frozen for long-term storage! Berries make an invaluable addition to many recipes such as fresh fruit smoothies, jams and jellies.

Berry sales remain popular in the US all year long, yet are especially prevalent during June when strawberries reach full maturity and can be picked. Kirschbaum’s Strawberry Farm and Carandale Fruit Farm in Wisconsin are two popular spots where this fruit can be collected.

Blueberries are another summertime classic and can be found on farms nationwide. Blueberries contain potassium which can help manage blood pressure and boost heart health.

Due to their susceptibility to spoilage, it is vital that berries be harvested and sold shortly after being picked; this way you can ensure a longer shelf life for the fruits.

For optimal taste, strawberries should be refrigerated immediately after harvesting and stored between 34F and 38F in the refrigerator – but no higher than 48F – to preserve both color and shape. Blackberries tend to be less perishable but still should be chilled immediately upon picking.

Europe boasts an abundant selection of berry varieties, such as raspberries, cranberries, strawberries and blueberries.

European markets for fresh berries are dominated by Britain and Germany, although other countries may receive some deliveries as well. In order to compete in this market, suppliers must supply enough quantity and quality for buyers’ expectations.

Organic production methods should also be an important criterion when choosing customers. This market is growing, with various certification schemes available; however, implementation can be more costly.

Buyers may require you to implement social compliance measures as part of their purchase agreements, particularly within the berry trade where there is an increasing focus on improving social or environmental conditions in producing areas.

In order to meet these regulations, your company should take an active and transparent approach in regards to compliance with regulations. Working together with suppliers on food safety assessments as well as production practices.

Free range eggs

Modern food markets feature eggs with various qualifiers attached, such as free range, cage-free, hormone-free and organic labels to convince consumers they’re purchasing healthier eggs than conventional options. These labels aim to reassure them and give the impression of superior nutrition.

Unsurprisingly, many of the eggs you see at your supermarket are produced using an inadequate system that puts chickens and egg production at risk. Chickens raised in overcrowded barns or hen houses without access to fresh air are especially prone to disease that could threaten family wellbeing.

Purchase of free range eggs at farm gates not only supports an ethical system that treats them better than factory farms, but you are also purchasing an item packed with more nutrients and vitamins than industrial eggs. According to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, pastured eggs contain lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and calories compared with industrial counterparts; plus they offer omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin A and beta carotene content for more health benefits than their industrial counterparts.

Another difference between free range and caged or barn eggs is that chickens on pasture have access to foraging outside their pasture, while factory farm hens are fed a cheaper mixture of corn, soy and cottonseed meals which they then layer into their eggs.

Unfortunately, these hens often don’t even have access to their outdoor space throughout the day – rather, only access is granted during daylight hours when their shed doors are left open so that they may scratch on a small area of dirt in their sheds. This causes discomfort and distress for both hens and egg producers alike and ultimately results in eggs with significantly fewer nutrients compared to true free range hens.

So it is essential to buy free-range and pastured eggs directly from farmers, where hens have access to outdoor areas and are treated more gently than factory hens. Furthermore, their diet will likely include seeds, green plants and insects for optimal nutrition.

Fresh milk

Fresh milk is an nutrient-rich and delicious food source that offers essential essential vitamins and minerals, such as protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. Furthermore, it contains less saturated fat and cholesterol than most dairy products – offering another means for staying healthy!

People are increasingly turning to farm gate sales as a means to discover local produce that they love, including artisan food products that were produced locally. Farm gate sales offer direct communication between farmers and consumers that benefits both parties in numerous ways; socially speaking, they promote respect for food production practices while creating awareness on its origin.

Farm gates sellers range from roadside stalls and large fruit and vegetable sheds, as well as specialist farm gates that specialize in dairy, eggs and honey sales. Many may offer tastings, farmyard tours or the option to pick your own apples and cherries when in season.

Some farm gates feature cafes or sell produce from various growers, while others remain open year-round to give visitors an authentic farm gate experience by giving them the chance to meet either the farmer or any animals living on the farm.

Raw milk, which does not go through pasteurisation (heating milk to kill bacteria), has gained immense popularity among customers looking for high quality, nutrient-rich food. Studies have linked raw milk consumption with reduced instances of allergies, asthma, eczema, bronchitis and other respiratory issues.

Raw milk may also have positive ramifications on our immune systems. This effect may be partially mediated by regulatory T cells.

Safety in raw milk production and storage is a complex issue. Although certain measures have been implemented to safeguard its safety, some raw milk products may still contain bacteria and contaminants which pose a health risk to consumers. Therefore, it is imperative that customers purchase only from registered raw milk suppliers who store the milk below 4 degrees Celsius in their refrigerator.

New Jersey residents have access to raw milk from multiple sources. Order directly from dairy farms, herdshare companies or retail outlets.

Cheese

Cheese is an indispensable food that can be enjoyed both alone or as an ingredient in various recipes. Cheese provides a tasty source of protein and other vital nutrients like calcium and other micronutrients; its production comes from cow’s, sheep or goat’s milk and comes in various varieties; even low-fat or nonfat versions exist!

If you want the best cheese experience, look for one that is fresh and firm enough to stand up in a dish. Soft or old cheeses should be avoided since these could become dry and hard over time and harm both you and your tastebuds.

Feta cheese is an irresistibly delicious option that can add depth and depth to a variety of dishes, while simultaneously helping those limiting cholesterol or on a special diet to remain satisfied.

Farm gate sales of fruits and vegetables can be an engaging experience for families while supporting small farmers. Plus, this form of sales may often prove cheaper than visiting traditional retail fruit or vegetable stores!

Farm gate cheese purchases offer another advantage: it tends to be less processed than other foods on store shelves, which could reduce risk for certain forms of cancer and help protect you against weight gain or bloat. Furthermore, cheese tends to contain more protein per gram than many items that make up our grocery carts and can even reduce bloat symptoms!

Supporting local dairy producers through buying fresh cheese at farm gates is another excellent way to give back. Not only will you be supporting jobs and the economy but you are also giving back to local communities!

Farm gate cheeses can be found throughout the country at various farm gate stores. Some of the top cheese options to try are brie, goat’s cheese, halloumi, blue and ricotta.

There are various farm gate cheese shops throughout the country offering a selection of cheeses to select, such as Picnic Point Farm, Bassine Speciality Cheese and Goshen Country. Additionally they provide farm gate fruit and vegetables such as bananas, pineapple and sweet potatoes.

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