US (IL): Small mum business blossoms into thousands of plants and strawberries

Providing the opportunity for people to visit a farm is one of the passions of the owners of Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums & More. “We’re passionate about getting people out here firsthand to see we’re growing quality, safe products and to create experiences,” said Mariah Anderson, who owns Triple M Farm together with her husband, Greg.

“We purchased this property in 2005, and we had no intentions of doing what we’re doing today,” said Anderson during a tour for members of Illinois Agri-Women. “We went to the pumpkin farm down the road, and they needed somebody to grow fall mums.”

Visitors to the DeWitt County farm will find much more than mums. “The vertical strawberries have been a phased project,” Anderson said. “In year one, we were growing them outside, and these stacks had one more pot, but we discovered the bottom pot never had full production because it was not getting enough sunlight.”

They modified the system to get the plants higher, and strawberry production significantly increased. “In year two, we put up the first high tunnel structure, which allows us to get our berries growing quicker and extend our season until October,” Anderson said. “We start strawberry picking by mid-June and go until October 1.”

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