Vegetable producers are essential to our health, environmental biodiversity, and local food systems. Seasonal fresh produce drives the development of direct markets, as shelf life, distribution, and access to markets are common barriers. Often, vegetable producers are highly diversified and help supply niche markets such as restaurants, farmers markets, and food co-ops.

An organic vegetable crop rotation system can overcome weeds and pests by providing an abundance of biodiversity while diversifying risk for the whole farm operation. The practical ATTRA resources provided here can help vegetable farmers enter new markets, create nutrient management plans for crops, and address wholefarm risk management. 

A man purchases fresh produce at the Helena, Montana farmers market.

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Lettuce rows.
C. maxima on the vine.
Organic vegetables
five photos comparing various stages of crop rotation.
garlic at the market

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hoop house built over raised bed
high tunnels in urban ag
Corona Farmers Market, Queens, New York, USDA Flickr CC
Hands holding organic strawberries from Canada