Greens are one of the few crops that can be grown year-round in the South and growing demand means business is booming.
Fifty years ago, Terry Baker was growing row crops and traditional Southern vegetables. Sons Richard and Joe came into the famiy business in the 1990s. They thought the farm could make a go of growing greens, which weren’t the big deal they’ve since become.
There was no crystal ball — there was some foresight and patience. Now Baker Farms is thriving with its own line of package and bulk greens and a state-of-the-art packing facility in Norman Park, GA.
Nutritional research has kept the greens market growing for a decade and statistics suggest that Millennials and Generation Z will drive growth by at least another 10 percent in the next 5 years.
We took a trip to South Georgia to catch up with the Baker gang for a look at how greens grow in Georgia in a report that originally aired on The RFD-TV Network’s Market Day Report and Rural Evening News.