Download OGC’s Plum & Pluot Tools
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by Guest User
11h ago
It’s an understatement to say that there are many varieties of organic plums and pluots to choose from. To guide purchasing plans and increase category knowledge, download and print OGC’s primer describing the various shades, flavor profiles and windows of availability for the over 55 gems in this delicious category.   Wondering which varieties of plum to expect in August? Check the primer.  Pondering if a pluot has red or yellow interior flesh? Look it up in the primer.   Curious which varieties are sourced from Northwest growers? That’s in the primer, too.  Click to D ..read more
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Crush Summer Sales with Great Grapes 
Organically Grown Company
by Tedd Simmons
2w ago
Organic grapes are a staple for retailers nearly year-round, and an item shoppers look for on their weekly visits. Understanding seasonality in this important commodity is key to maximizing sales. Grapes' consistent eating experience builds customer confidence, leading to increased purchases, especially when priced right. OGC is the perfect partner for inspiring compelling summer grape displays and thinking about promotions in new and exciting ways, which will help lead to greater success for your department.  Boost Sales with Seedless Table Grapes  Seedless table grapes drive ..read more
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Potassium Packed Produce to Help the Body in the Heat
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by Guest User
2w ago
An unprecedented heat wave is hitting the Pacific Northwest and shoppers are looking for all kinds of solutions to stay cool and hydrated as temps reach for triple digits. Box fans may be hard to come by, but potassium-rich produce is at the ready!  Electrolytes, including sodium, chloride and potassium, are essential for bodies to function properly and are quickly lost through perspiration. While shoppers will reach for water and sports drinks, they can also help fend off heat-related illnesses by consuming fruits and vegetables that boast high water and potassium content.  While s ..read more
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Berry Smart: Balancing Margins & Seasonal Insight to Grow Sales
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by Tedd Simmons
3w ago
Berries can and should be the number one category in driving sales, but they can also jeopardize margin performance if you’re not strategic with merchandising, inventory management, and promotions. OGC’s Jeff Fairchild shares practical advice and insights for optimizing year-round berry sales.   Berries can be an answer to improving department sales. Besides cherries, there are few items that shoppers will buy frequently at the higher rings that berries provide. Produce managers often avoid front-and-center displays, worrying about waste. However, big, visible berry displays really maxim ..read more
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The Organic Journey of Mckay Creek Blueberries
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by Tedd Simmons
3w ago
Nestled within the landscape of North Plains, Oregon, Mckay Creek Blueberries is a thriving organic farm spanning 160 acres, with 72 acres dedicated to producing some of the finest organic blueberries. The farm is owned and operated by Alfred and Julie Dinsdale, who purchased the land in 2011. As its third owner, they have transformed it into a fully certified organic haven over the past five years. OGC is excited to introduce Mckay Creek Blueberries as a new grower partner this season.  Alfred and Julie's journey into farming was not a leap into the unknown. Alfred's roots run deep in t ..read more
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Harvesting Wisdom: Jeff Fairchild’s Summer Produce Playbook 
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by Tedd Simmons
1M ago
Meet Jeff Fairchild With 40 years in produce sourcing and merchandising, and a key influencer of the retail farm-to-table movement in the Northwest, OGC’s Jeff Fairchild is a true expert. His trusted connections with farmers and deep understanding of the supply chain, shopper behavior and effective display, pricing and promotional strategies are invaluable.   Jeff joined OGC in 2023 with a passion for teaching and sharing his decades of knowledge. His wisdom, helpfulness and hands-on coaching style are essential for retailers looking to refresh their sets, think differently about pr ..read more
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Meet OGC’s Jeff Fairchild: Decades of Experience in Merchandising for Growth  
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by Tedd Simmons
1M ago
Northwest born and raised, produce pro Jeff Fairchild found his love for changing the world through food while in Eugene at the University of Oregon. Back in Portland, he volunteered at Food Front Cooperative while driving a delivery truck for his family’s business, craving something more fulfilling. This desire turned into a four-decade-long career.   A pivotal figure in the success of both the Nature's and New Seasons Market chains in Portland, Jeff was responsible for buying, merchandising, planning ads and training a team. Jeff got really good at setting promotions to hit finan ..read more
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Unlock the Magic of Melons
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by Guest User
1M ago
Grow Sales with this go-to Summer Fruit The Season & Supply   Organic melons kick off their season in April/May from Mexico with a limited selection. As harvest moves north to California, two primary regions contribute: the desert offers fruit in June/July, while the Central Valley starts in early June and extends through the fall. The Northwest season begins in mid-July, peaks in early August, and concludes as the weather cools in early September. OGC wraps up the season with a limited offering from Mexico in October and November.  What Shoppers Seek: Classics & Varieta ..read more
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Get Behind the Rind with OGC’s Melon Minute Video Series
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by Tedd Simmons
1M ago
With grower partners from Mexico, up through California and the Northwest, OGC will keep your shoppers in a melon state of mind all season. There’s something for every eater, from classic melons to unique specialty items and dry farmed options, too.  We’ll be with you all the way, sharing Melon Minute updates from OGC coworkers, where we get into what’s behind the rind, checking for ripeness, texture and taste.  Check this page for up the latest videos and updates and follow us on social media so you don’t miss a single slice.  And be sure to check out OGC’s 2024 Melon Toolkit f ..read more
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Meet OGC Mission Fund Recipient: Bethel Farm 
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by Amy Brown
1M ago
Located in northwest Eugene, the Bethel School District is taking an innovative approach to reaching at-risk and struggling youth by connecting them to organic agriculture.  Based at Kalapuya High School, the district’s “Bethel Farm” is an immersive outdoor classroom where students get hands-on learning experience as they plan, plant and tend crops. Through the farm, students learn botany, agriculture, science and job skills in a real-world setting.   The farm is three acres of lush annual crops, fruit trees and community garden plots. Bethel grows crops that are crowd favorites ..read more
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