Why Consider a High Tunnel
Due to its ability to provide a protected growing environment without the cost of fossil fuels, the high tunnel can provide several opportunities for the grower. In spring, the high tunnel can allow an early start for tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegetables, thus allowing growers to be “first to market”. During the early weeks of the farmers’ market season, competition is often limited, allowing growers to charge a premium.
The high tunnel can also provide a protected environment for the production of salad greens. Depending on greens grown in a high tunnel can be harvested for 10-12 months of the year. In either case, the high tunnel has the potential to produce additional income for growing salad.
Since every grower’s situation is unique,he or she must look at the overall operation in order to make an informed decision. Market opportunities, availability of labor, costs, and the physical aspects of the farm must all be taken into consideration.
A High Tunnel Can Provide:
- An early start for vegetables
- Premium prices at early farmers’markets
- Protected environment for growing salad greens in winter
- Additional Income