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    Truck Farming and Mobile CSAs

    Looking to start your own vegetable farm? Truck farming is a great way to do it, and this guide will teach you everything you need to know about raising produce and selling it directly to your market.
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    Growing Carrots in Successions for Farmers’ Markets

    Locally grown, fresh carrots are delicious, nutritious, and brighten a market setup. When growing for a farmers’ market, properly planning successions is crucial to having continuous supply.
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    How Do Frost Blankets Help To Prevent Crop Loss?

    Cold weather can be damaging to your crops. Learn what causes frost, ways it can damage plants, and how a frost blanket from Bootstrap Farmer could help protect your harvest from the cold temperatures.
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    How to Start a CSA Business for Growers and Farmers

    Community Supported Agriculture is a popular model that allows farmers to sell shares of their harvest in advance. We have gathered information from successful growers of various sizes to break down exactly how to start a CSA business and how to know if a CSA is right for your farm.
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    How to Sell at a Farmers' Market: Setting Up a Successful Booth

    Want to have the best booth at the farmers' market this season? Read this article for tips for creating the best market booth setup. Learn how to attract customers and sell more produce.
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    FAQ

    Market Gardening

    One acre

    Market gardens, which typically occupy an area of less than one acre, are known for their diversity in crop production. This contrasts with larger-scale farming operations, which often focus on monoculture - the cultivation of a single crop over a large area.

    The emphasis in market gardening is on direct sales to consumers, which can include on-farm stands, farmers markets, and other direct-to-consumer channels. This not only allows the farmer to capture a greater share of the retail price but also enables them to build relationships with their customers.

    Jean-Martin Fortier's method of permanent raised bed farming takes a unique approach that promotes both efficiency and sustainability. The permanent raised beds, typically 4-6 inches above the ground and 30 inches wide, are designed to optimize equipment usage and reduce soil compaction, making it an ideal setup for biointensive farming.

    Market gardens are usually less than one acre, but they can be up to several acres. The goal is to maximize yield and diversity of crops throughout the year.

    Market gardeners often grow a range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and sometimes even flowers, all of which are typically sold directly to consumers through avenues like farmers' markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, or even directly from their farm.