Fruit And Veggie Growers Head To Hershey For The 'Biggie'

Northeast's premier fruit and vegetable convention opens Jan. 29 in Hershey, Pa.

Published on: Jan 21, 2013

Northeast produce growers who want to catch up on the latest in fruit, vegetable and horticultural production will find it all at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. It's set for January 29 to 31, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

More than 2,100 fruit, vegetable, and berry growers and other industry persons from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are expected to attend, reports Bill Troxell, publicity coordinator for the convention. "The convention has become one of the premier grower meetings in the Northeast," he adds.

"And this year's keynote speaker will be Jeff Manning, creator of the "GOT MILK?" campaign."

FRUITUL TRADE SHOW: More than 160 vendors of equipment, new plant varieties and direct-marketing products will fill the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conventions expanded trade show
FRUITUL TRADE SHOW: More than 160 vendors of equipment, new plant varieties and direct-marketing products will fill the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention's expanded trade show

The three-day event will again feature an expanded trade show with over 160 exhibitors. Specialized horticultural equipment, farm market merchandise, and packaging will be on display along with information on the latest seed varieties, fruit varieties, pesticides and other supplies and services.

Workshops on hort, fruit, veggie, potato, berry production
Many pesticide applicator update training credits are available to Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey growers attending workshop sessions, notes Troxell. Pre-convention workshops cover obtaining capital, vegetable grafting, managing soil-borne vegetable pathogens, and developing a farm food safety plan.

Special workshops on customer service are scheduled on the afternoons of Jan. 29 and 30. Evening workshops on January 30 cover vegetable seed heat treatment and cut flower arranging.

Opening day will feature breakout sessions on tree fruit, sweet corn, direct and wholesale marketing, organic vegetables, snap beans, sweet potatoes, soil health, bedding plants, mums, nutrient management, value-added products and labor/farm management.

Second day sessions include direct marketing, greenhouse production, tomatoes, tree fruit, peaches, small fruit, potatoes, wine grapes, onions and vegetable crops for winter sales.

Third day sessions cover peaches, tree fruit, small fruit, direct marketing, high tunnels, cut flowers, pumpkins, vine crops, invasive species and general vegetables.

Registration is required. For more details, go to or call 717-677-4184 or 717-694-3596.

The convention is jointly sponsored by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, Maryland State Horticultural Society and New Jersey State Horticultural Society. Penn State University, University of Maryland and Rutgers University Cooperative Extension plus the National Peach Council and the Pennsylvania Farm Retail Marketing Association all assist.