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  • People Behind The Plants: Stacy Morrison, Assistant Manager of Integrated Pest Management

    People Behind The Plants: Stacy Morrison, Assistant Manager of Integrated Pest Management

    Welcome to another edition of People Behind The Plants where we introduce you to a Backyard Farms' employee and tell you about the things he or she does to help us deliver the tomatoes you love to your favorite supermarket, farm stand, restaurant or college/university! This month we're excited to… Read More
  • People Behind The Plants: Brady Sinclair, Assistant Grower

    People Behind The Plants: Brady Sinclair, Assistant Grower

    This edition of People Behind The Plants is special because it's also the official announcement of an important promotion in our greenhouse. Meet Brady Sinclair, the first "homegrown" Assistant Grower in the history of Backyard Farms! Brady began his career at Backyard Farms in the summer of 2008. During the… Read More
  • People Behind The Plants: Megan Murphy

    People Behind The Plants: Megan Murphy

    Last month we highlighted Liza Graham, our Director of Crop Care. Next up we have Megan Murphy, Assistant Manager for Greenhouse Two (Two connected greenhouses compromise our 42-acre indoor farm. Greenhouse 2 is 18-acres and is where we grow our cocktail tomatoes)! Megan came to us all the way from… Read More
  • An Aerial Tour of Backyard Farms

    An Aerial Tour of Backyard Farms

    Dave Cleaveland is the owner of Maine Imaging, an aerial photography and video production company based in Wiscasset, Maine. Earlier in October, Dave flew over Madison and was kind enough to snap a few photos of our facility. In addition to a glimpse at the beautiful pop of foliage in Somerset… Read More
  • A Look At Our 12-Acre Clean Out and What It Means To You

    A Look At Our 12-Acre Clean Out and What It Means To You

    Scientifically speaking, a clean greenhouse is a happy greenhouse. While we do our absolute best to pick up after our 600,000 plants over the course of their 45-50 week lives, there comes a time when we need to do a major cleaning. That means removing all the old plants, and… Read More
  • Interplanting: The Secret to “Always Tomato Season”

    Interplanting: The Secret to “Always Tomato Season”

    Everyone has that one fruit or veggie they can’t get enough of – especially during those rough months when it’s out of season! And of course, each plant needs a unique and special environment to grow in! However in locations like New England, the window of time to grow these plants… Read More
  • Celebrate this Mother’s Day “Backyard Farms-Style” with Breakfast in Bed

    Celebrate this Mother’s Day “Backyard Farms-Style” with Breakfast in Bed

    Nothing says love and appreciation like a tasty, home-cooked meal enjoyed in pajamas! This Mother’s Day, give your mom a little extra pampering with the ultimate gift of breakfast in bed. Whether it’s traditional-with-a-twist or something more exotic, mom is sure to appreciate any one of these delicious dishes. Happy… Read More
  • Backyard Farms Participates in the 2nd Annual Maine Science Festival

    Backyard Farms Participates in the 2nd Annual Maine Science Festival

    The 2nd Annual Maine Science Festival brought a dazzling display of chemistry, physics, biology and technology to the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor - and Backyard Farms was thrilled to participate! There is no doubt that science and engineering are key players in how we grow delicious, quality tomatoes in… Read More
  • Growing Tomatoes is Hard Work. Just Ask Kelsey Fabian From WCSH6 Portland!

    Growing Tomatoes is Hard Work. Just Ask Kelsey Fabian From WCSH6 Portland!

    Do you think you have what it takes to work in the Backyard Farms greenhouse? We’re always looking for people who are as passionate about our tomatoes as we are, but as reporter Kelsey Fabian from WCSH6 in Portland learned, growing tomatoes is HARD work. Over the last two years,… Read More
  • Meet the Inaugural Class of Backyard Farms University!

    Meet the Inaugural Class of Backyard Farms University!

    At Backyard Farms, we not only want our employees to be happy in the jobs they have, we want to help them achieve their future career goals. It’s not an easy thing to do when you have 32 football fields’ worth of tomato plants to care for, but throughout the… Read More
  • Meet Our New Director of Marketing, Jim Darroch

    Meet Our New Director of Marketing, Jim Darroch

    In April, we welcomed our new Director of Marketing, Jim Darroch, to the Backyard Farms family. In his current position, Jim manages everything from events, to in-store signage, to advertising and digital marketing. He’s a truly a jack-of-all-trades both inside and out of the greenhouse. When he’s not hanging out… Read More
  • Every Drop Counts: Making the Most of April Showers

    Every Drop Counts: Making the Most of April Showers

    It’s been a very long, cold and snowy winter! We’re so glad that it’s finally April and the fluffy white stuff is starting to melt away. Did you know that throughout the year, Madison, Maine sees about 47 inches of precipitation, and most of that comes from snow? That’s a… Read More
  • Meet the Employee: Mike Earle

    Meet the Employee: Mike Earle

    From planting and growing, to picking and packing, there are many steps in growing delicious tomatoes all year long. And behind the scenes, there’s a hard working team making sure the greenhouse is running smoothly.  Meet Mike Earle, Director of Maintenance at the greenhouse.  Mike has been with us for… Read More
  • Our Greenhouse Is Getting A Lot More Pink

    Our Greenhouse Is Getting A Lot More Pink

    Our Somerset Pinks have been a big hit among tomato lovers in Maine and New Hampshire over the past few months. We’ve received tons of great feedback from consumers and we have some exciting news to share: We are expanding production of our Somerset Pinks in our greenhouse and they’ll… Read More
  • Growing Tomatoes All Winter Long

    Growing Tomatoes All Winter Long

    We strive to grow great tasting tomatoes, all year ‘round, every single day.   But growing tomatoes every season in Maine has its challenges. While our tomatoes are inside and enjoying 72-degree warmth, the weather conditions outside the greenhouse play a big role in our operations.  Let’s take a look at… Read More
  • Happy Thanksgiving from A Thankful Team of Tomato Growers

    Happy Thanksgiving from A Thankful Team of Tomato Growers

    From our family to yours, we'd like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We've had an incredible year so far at Backyard Farms and we have plenty to be thankful for.  First and foremost, we're thankful for our healthy tomato crops. Mother Nature can be challenging to work with… Read More
  • Backyard Farms Rated “Best” By Whole Foods Market

    Backyard Farms Rated “Best” By Whole Foods Market

    We’re a proud team of tomato growers! Whole Foods Market recently launched Responsibly Grown, their produce and flower rating system, and we’ve earned the highest rating of “Best.” The Responsibly Grown Rating System was developed to reward farmers who work hard to protect human health and the environment, while providing… Read More
  • A Happy Life For the Backyard Farms Goose

    A Happy Life For the Backyard Farms Goose

    We have a thriving ecosystem up at our greenhouse. Inside, we house thousands of plants and more than 1 million beneficial insects. Outside, we have the beautiful Maine landscape as our backyard that’s always teaming with wildlife. Last spring, our Head of Maintenance, Mike Earle, noticed a young Canadian goose… Read More
  • Pink is the New Red

    Pink is the New Red

    Come for the color, stay for the taste.  Introducing Somerset Pinks, a new tomato variety that will captivate your taste buds. With just one bite, you’ll taste why Pink is the New Red.  Bursting With Flavor  Yes, they’re pretty and pink on the outside, but don’t be misled: They’re a… Read More
  • A Tribute to Summer from Backyard Farms

    A Tribute to Summer from Backyard Farms

    Farewell, summer! You’ve been far too kind and we hate to see you go so soon. This past summer has given us long, warm days with plenty of sunshine for our tomatoes to soak in.  We welcomed a new team member early in the season, our crop produced a record-setting… Read More
  • Interplanting: The Secret to “Always Tomato Season”

    Interplanting: The Secret to “Always Tomato Season”

    Tomatoes love long days, plenty of sunshine and that warm summer air. If you live in New England, you know there’s a short window for growing tomatoes (and many other fruits and vegetables) in your own backyard garden. When Backyard Farms was started, we wanted to enjoy a great tasting,… Read More
  • A Day in the Greenhouse with our Head Grower

    A Day in the Greenhouse with our Head Grower

    He knows the greenhouse like the back of his hand. Every employee, every plant, every type of insect. If you ever have a question about the greenhouse, you go to Arie.  Our Head Grower, Arie van der Giessen, grew up in the Netherlands, a country where greenhouse food production is… Read More
  • Meet our new President, Stuart Jablon

    Meet our new President, Stuart Jablon

    A few months ago, we welcomed our new President and COO, Stuart Jablon, to the Backyard Farms family. Before joining us, Stuart worked for 25 years at the Dole Fresh Fruit Company. When he walked into our greenhouse for the first time earlier this year, he immediately knew he was… Read More