OPGMA field day June 27

The Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association (OPGMA) invites fruit and vegetable growers and marketers to participate in its annual educational and networking event, the OPGMA Summer Tour & Field Day, June 27.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes stops at three locations in Sandusky and Huron counties.

The tour will begin at Eshleman Fruit Farm at 781 East Maple St., Clyde. A family-owned business since 1977, the farm features more than 200 acres of orchards. Tours of the farm will be from 8-11:30 a.m. At noon, OPGMA will host a brief session during lunch, which will be available for sale onsite. Average cost for lunch is $6 to $9, with only cash accepted.

Attendees can then drive approximately 30 miles to visit the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station at 4875 State Route 103 South and Buurma Farms at 3090 Kok Road, both in Willard. The OARDC Muck Crops station is dedicated to improving fresh market vegetable production through research by Ohio State scientists. Buurma Farms currently harvests more than 4,000 acres of produce, packaged under the “Buurma Farms” and “Holland Brands” labels.

Register for the program at OPGMA’s website, http://www.opgma.org/tour . Registration for OPGMA members costs $20 for the first attendee from a company or farm and $10 for each additional attendee from the same operation. Registration for non-members costs $25 for the first attendee and $10 for each additional attendee. Children 12 and under attend free.

For more information contact OPGMA at 614-487-1117, opgma@ofa.org or visit the website.

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