Fruit and Vegetable Vendors Serving Iowa

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Joe Hannan

Commercial Horticultural Field Specialist

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
jmhannan@iastate.edu


veggiesOne of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “where do I get commercial seeds and supplies for growing produce?”.  The right supplies can make all the difference between a successful year and a mediocre year but finding the right supplies to grow fruit and vegetables in the state can be challenging.  Unless you are in-the-know, how do you know?  There are in fact many companies that are stationed in Iowa, have field representatives for Iowa, or service Iowa from a distance.


One of the first places to find vendors that service Iowa is at local conferences.  There are four conferences in Iowa each with tradeshows for fruit and vegetable growers; the Iowa Organic Conference, the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference, the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference and the Iowa Smalls Farms Conference.  There are several other conferences in the Midwest with excellent tradeshows as well. Each of these conferences are fantastic to attend and have many exhibitors on site.  Some conferences including the Great Lakes Expo, Great Plains Growers Conference, and Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference maintain an exhibitor list freely accessible online.


Iowa Organic Conference


  • November 19 – 20, 2017
  • Iowa City, IA

Great Lakes Expo


  • December 5 – 7, 2017
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Illinois Specialty Growers Conference


  • January 10 – 12, 2018
  • Bloomington, IL

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference


  • January 19 – 20, 2018
  • Ames, IA

Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference


  • January 25 – 26, 2018
  • Ankeny, IA

Iowa Small Farms Conference


  • February 10, 2018
  • Ames, IA

Moses


  • February 22 – 24, 2018
  • La Crosse, WI

Disclaimer: The following vendors serve Iowa fruit and vegetable growers.  This list is not intended to be a complete list.  No endorsement is intended by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of companies or their products mentioned nor is criticism implied of similar companies or their products not mentioned.


Many of the businesses that service the fruit and vegetable industry in Iowa have local sales representatives or sales representatives dedicated to this region.  Get to know your local representative.  They know their products well and are an excellent resource when making purchases.  Many of them also farm and can offer real world reports on their products as well as their competitors.  Many offer discounts for farmers, cash payments, or early orders.  Others offer other perks such as free delivery.  While many of the businesses are categorized below, keep in mind that many offer a wide range of supplies.


Cover Crop Seed







American Organic

High Mowing Seeds

Albert Lea Seed

KB Seed Solutions

Center Seeds

La Cross Seed

Grassland Oregon

Prairie Creek Seed

Green Cover Seed

Territorial Seed

Vegetable seeds are readily available everywhere; every garden center, grocery store, and seasonal tent has seed for sale.  These seeds are often sold in small garden size packages and are not the most economical sources for commercial scale quantities.  They generally are not the latest cultivars with the most advanced genetics either.  Commercial seed vendors on the other hand have the latest varieties with the best vigor, yield, taste, disease package, and are available in bulk quantities.


Vegetable Seed









HM Clause

Rupp Seeds


Brad Paulson is not only our local representative, but a market farmer himself. 

Harris Seeds

Sakata Seeds

Hollar Seeds

Seedway

Johnny's Selected Seeds


Randy Cummings frequents Iowa conferences and is quick to respond to calls and emails. 

Seed Savers Exchange


Heirloom seeds from Northeast Iowa.

Morgan County Seeds

Seminis

Park Seed

 

Rispens Seed

Stokes Seeds


Ken Wagner is available to supply a vast array of vegetables and flowers. 

Fruit trees or strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry plants should be ordered from a commercial nursery.  For fruit trees, this allows you to choose which cultivar and rootstock combination you want.  A word of caution though, if you need to custom order a specific combination, you may have a two to three year wait.  In addition, some nurseries have minimum orders while others do not.  Berries should be ordered in the fall for next season’s planting as popular cultivars sell out quickly.


Nurseries






C&O Nursery

Red Fern Farm


Located in SE Iowa, the nursery supplies nut, persimmon, and pawpaws plants.

Hartmann's Plant Company

Stark Bro’s

Indiana Berry


Not only does Indiana Berry carry a wide selection of common and novelty perennials, they also sell retail packaging containers and harvest lugs.

Van Well Nursery


 

Nourse Farms


Nourse carries a wide array of perennial crops as well as excellent grower guides to help you succeed. 

Wafler

 


Horticulture and Farm Supplies










Ag Resource Inc.


Perennial plants and fruit and vegetable supplies.

Haygrove Tunnels

A.M. Leonard


Every horticultural tool and piece of equipment you could need.

Hook's Point Irrigation


Located in Stratford and Conesville IA, they supply a wide array of drip and overhead irrigation parts. 

BFG Supply Co.


Greenhouse and nursery supplies.

Hummert International


Hummert has a warehouse in St. Joseph MO.  Excellent resource for transplant production supplies, seeds, and more.  Contact Ron Hobbs.

FarmTek / Growers Supply


Located in Dyersville, IA, they supply high tunnels, hydroponic systems, greenhouse systems and more. 

Koppert Biological Systems


Provides biological pest controls and bumble bees for pollination.

Four Seasons Tools


Tools and supplies for small farms.

Nolts Produce Supplies


Located in Charles City IA, they supply a vast array of vegetable production supplies including drip irrigation and fertilizers.

Gemplers


General farm and horticulture supplies.


 

Rimol Greenhouse


Greenhouses and high tunnels.

Great Lakes IPM, Inc.


Excellent source for pest scouting and trapping supplies.

Schumacher Irrigation


Overhead and nursery irrigation systems. 

Global Industrial


Anything and everything business related.

Spectrum Technologies, Inc.


Weather stations and environmental monitoring. 

 


Harvest Containers and Packaging Supplies





Rockford Package Supply


Bags, labels, and boxes.


 

Plascon


Food grade plastic liners.

Farm Wholesale Ag


CSA Boxes and harvest totes.

Monte Package Company


Packaging supplies and labels.  They make your products look professional at point of sale.

Hukster Packaging and Supply


Source for plastic bags and liners. 

ULine


Packaging supplies.

 

Date of Publication: 
November, 2017