According to Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 State Of The Industry survey, the addition of vegetables and other produce to growers’ crop mixes will continue a trend we saw in 2013.
Nearly half of all growers surveyed — 43 percent — say they plan to increase production of vegetables and herbs in 2014. That’s up five percentage points from 2013. Interestingly, that number is led by the smaller growers in our survey (those with less than 100,000 square feet of production), about half of whom will be growing more edible crops, compared to 36 percent of medium growers (between 100,000 and 399,999 square feet) and just 25 percent of large growers (more than 400,000 square feet).
That edibles trend is continuing to expand into growing and selling produce as a gap crop for ornamental producers, with 45 percent of respondents saying they will shift some space into produce this year or within the next five years.