The Good Food Financing Fair is an integral part of the Good Food Festival & Conference. The Fair gives small and growing farms and Good Food businesses a place to showcase their plans for expansion, and to meet with investors who are open to thinking outside of the box and financing Good Food projects. Way back during the Good Food Festival & Conference in March it was a little difficult to imagine summer’s arrival, but one of our Good Food Financing Fair businesses did its best to remind us. This month we’re checking in with Financing Fair participating business Joe’s Blues, a family-run, sustainably managed blueberry farm in Southwestern Michigan.
This is the fourth post in a series about Financing Fair participants and their exciting Good Food business plans.
Post by Lily Baker
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It’s the end of July, and after that run of hot, steamy summer days, we’ve found ourselves deep in one of the best seasons of the year: blueberry season! If you’re like me, aside from idle winter daydreams, you probably don’t think too much about berries until they’re piling up on farmers’ market tables in June and July. For father and son team Frank and Joe Corrado, though, blueberry season never really ends.
Their business, the aptly named ‘Joe’s Blues,’ began in 2009, after the two bought a small property in the fruit belt of western Michigan. The property was already blanketed in berry bushes, but Frank, the elder Corrado, says they didn’t know until later that they’d really struck gold. [Read more...]