BRADENTON, Fla. (October 1, 2012) ? As summer comes to a close, the buzz around the farm begins again. Planting season has begun at O?Brien Family Farms.
O?Brien Family Farms spent the long summer expanding their hoop house operations to supply our walk-in customers and restaurateurs with more fresh fruits and vegetables. O?Brien?s built four two hundred and fifty foot long hoop houses, in order to produce plant indeterminate tomato and vegetable plants. Building these hoop houses and planting indeterminate crops will produce a higher yield while being able to withstand the winter weather.
?These indeterminate vines will allow us to supply more consumers and restaurants with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables,? said Tom O?Brien, owner of O?Brien Family Farms. O?Brien says their goal is to educate the public about the benefits of locally grown food, as well as, provide them with fresh, local produce. ?We started planting our seedlings in the hoop houses this week and will be scattering our planting schedule in order to have smooth and continuous harvesting throughout the season,? says O?Brien.
O?Brien?s have not only increased their outside production, but plan on bringing in new retail items inside the store as well. O?Brien?s have added more lunch items and more local brands such as E?s Best Barbeque Sauce and more.