It’s Officially our 2015 RED GOLD TOMATO Season @ Red Hen Turf Farm

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We are EXCITED to officially start our 3rd year of producing Red Gold Tomatoes.

503,000 little tomato plants arrived here Red Hen Turf Farm yesterday on two trailers (all the way from Georgia!), and by the end of today, we should be getting this first round of planting well underway.

“Red Gold has been producing premium quality tomato products since 1942. Red Gold produces premium quality canned tomatoes and tomato-based products for retail, foodservice, private brands, and club stores. The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, and Sacramento. Exceptional quality and operational excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: ‘To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.'” (Source, redgoldtomatoes.com)

#cropdiversity #redgoldtomatoes #grownbyfamiliesenjoyedbyfamilies

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Jeremy Reflects on the Small Business Mentality – and it’s National Small Business Week

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It’s National Small Business Week – May 4-8, 2015

Do you know what I miss when I shop, especially at the box stores?  It’s a small business mentality.

When I was young my parents started a video store in Elkhart, Indiana. I learned early on what customer service meant to my parents and their customers. I highly enjoyed working at the South Bend location. In fact, I did not start getting paid untiI was 14, so it must of been the free movies that kept me working there – RIGHT?

But now, looking back, it was the customers that kept me coming back. I know this might sound cheesy but it’s true.

I had one customer who took me on my first plane ride. I even got to fly the plane for a while.

I had customers bring me food, desserts and even invite me to dinner. At one of the dinners I went to they showed me a board game that I have since taught to my sons.

At that time, our customers could have gone to at least 3 different video stores — but they choose us. They wanted to rent a movie – sure – but more importantly they wanted a recommendation they could trust.

So sitting here at home on my iPad reading about how it is National Small Business Week, I thought about where I shopped tonight. Let’s just say that when we all walk in a big chain store, we are no more than a number.

But, as customers and small business owners and employees, we often can make a different choice and that choice can make a difference in our lives that goes beyond buying a product or a service.

Thank you for supporting small business.

Jeremy and the Crew from Red Hen Turf Farm

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