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Vegetable Resources

Vegetable production and marketing in Manatee County is a 290 million dollar industry encompassing approximately 30,000 acres and including a variety of crops. The largest acreages are devoted to tomatoes, snap beans, watermelons, cucumbers, and potatoes. Other crops include pepper, cantaloupe, squash, oriental vegetables and other minor and specialty crops.

Are you searching for the location where we grow these crops as well as other agricultural commodities like fruits, aquaculture (like oysters and clams), beef, or nursery plants?

Visit our Manatee County GIS map that allows public searching for local, fresh commodities. 

You can search by the food category (fruit, vegetable, seafood, beef, bamboo, and more), or by a location near your home, or by a specific business type (Farmer’s market or produce stand, organic, U-pick, agrotourism, hydroponics or a variety of types). The map also assists growers in locations to sell their products.

The Manatee County Extension Service, with access to the many resources of the University of Florida, provides assistance to the fruit & vegetable industry in many different subject areas.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SERVICE TO MANATEE COUNTY:

  • General fruit & vegetable production
  • Crop fertilization
  • Crop irrigation management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pesticide licensing information

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Contact:

Lisa Hickey
Sustainable Food Systems Agent
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1817

Current Vegetable Blogs

Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: August 2022

Honey beekeeping management practices for your Florida apiary in August: This beekeeping calendar is a tool for all beekeepers in...
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Let’s Talk About Ag BMPs: Irrigation Best Management Practices

In this session of the “Let’s Talk About Ag BMPs” series, we met with Dr. Vivek Sharma from the University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department to discuss Irrigation Best Management  Practices. We...
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An Ornamental Grower’s Insight to Hemp: Considerations for High Quality Flower

David Raab, Roseville Farms, UF/IFAS Hemp Pilot Project Sponsor Correspondence to: http://rosevillefarms.com/contact/ Also...
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RESOURCES

- Small Farm Program

- DDIS

- EDIS

- FL Ag Statistics Service

- Local Fact Sheets

- FL Fruit & Veg Assoc

- FL Strawberry Grower Assoc

- Florida Tomato Committee