Vegetable and Fruit Production Guides, Horticulture Manuals

Potato Production

Due to the wide diversity in types and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many growers. They can be marketed direct to consumers at farm stands, farmers markets, and through other local retail outlets. Contents Marketing Planting and Fertilization Pest Control Harvest and Storage...
Steven M. Bogash
William J. Lamont Jr.
R. Matthew Harsh
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Pepper Production

  Peppers lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Various markets exist for growers with small-acreage farms (those with fewer than 5 acres), and the multiple mature fruit colors (green, red, yellow, orange, purple, and brown), shapes, and varying hotness (from...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
Steven M. Bogash
Jayson K. Harper
R. Matthew Harsh
Penn State Extension

Onion Production

  Dry onions are a crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Multiple markets exist for growers with small acreages and the various colors and types of mature bulbs (red, yellow, and white) allow growers to find their market niche. Contents Marketing Site...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
R. Matthew Harsh
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Asparagus Production

Asparagus is a perennial crop that lends itself well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Multiple markets exist for growers with five acres or less, and those field operations that require machinery may be custom-hired. Contents  Marketing Site Selection Planting and...
Michael D. Orzolek
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Watermelon Production

Watermelons are a highly marketable crop for small-scale and part-time producers. There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer, with fresh-market sales being predominant. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. Contents...
Michael D. Orzolek
William J. Lamont
Lynn F. Kime
Steven M. Bogash
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Pumpkin Production

Pumpkins are a crop that is well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Many marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are available for small-scale growers. Contents Marketing Production Considerations Site Selection Planting and Fertilization...
Michael D. Orzolek
Timothy E. Elkner
William J. Lamont Jr.
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Wine Grape Production

Grapes have been cultivated in Pennsylvania since the 1600s, and the first commercial vineyard in America was located here in the late eighteenth century. Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Contents...
Lynn F. Kime
Mark L. Chien
Sid Butler
Phil Roth
John M. Halbrendt
Stephen D. Menke
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension

Strawberry Production

Strawberry production can be a good fit for many small-scale and part-time farming operations. The high value of strawberries creates potential for significant profit from a small planting; however, management of this crop is intensive and there is the likelihood of encountering a number of...
Kathleen Demchak
Jayson K. Harper
Lynn F. Kime
Willie Lantz
Penn State Extension

Red Raspberry Production

Raspberry production is well suited to small farms, as a small area of raspberries can provide significant income and equipment needs for an acre or so of raspberries are not great. Contents Marketing Production Considerations Site Selection Growth Habit Planting Irrigation Pest Control...
Kathleen Demchak
Jayson K. Harper
Lynn F. Kime
Penn State Extension

Peach Production

Peaches may be grown in many temperate areas of the United States. The startup costs for peaches can be high depending on the production method chosen, land preparation, and initial investment in the trees. However, the life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so this investment may...
Robert M. Crassweller
Lynn F. Kime
Jayson K. Harper
Penn State Extension