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Tour Showcases Berry Successful Ohio Farms

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Written Tuesday, July 23, 2002  

Tour showcases berry successful Ohio farms

Thinking about diving into red and black raspberry production? Learn about the successes and failures of some berry growers through an Ohio State University-sponsored berry tour on July 30.

The event, sponsored by the Ohio State South Centers at Piketon, will encompass two stops in Champaign County.

The first stop is 9-11:30 a.m. at Rothschild's Farm, 3143 E. U.S. Rt. 36, Urbana, Ohio. The 170-acre farm grows red and black raspberries, vegetables, flowers and herbs.

The Rothschilds have raised raspberries for pick-your-own operations and local markets since the late 1970s, and have won several specialty food distinction awards for raspberry preserves and other gourmet creations.

The second stop will be 1-3 p.m. at M&M Berry Farm, 345 N. Mutual Union Road, Cable, Ohio. From Urbana, take U.S. Rt. 36 east approximately five miles and turn north onto North Mutual Union Road.

The tour stop also is part of the 2002 Ohio Farm Profitability Tour, designed to help Ohio farm families identify alternatives for improving the sustainability of their farming operations.

M&M Berry Farm is currently being expanded from a five-acre to 20-acre red and black raspberry farm. The crop is sold mainly through a pick-your-own operation.

There is a $3 fee to tour the Rothschild's Farm. Children are admitted free. The tour of M&M Berry Farm is a free event.

For more information regarding the berry tours, contact Ohio State berry coordinator Sandy Kuhn at (740) 289-2071 or by e-mail at kuhn.37@osu.edu.

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