"US (MI): "50 Percent more production due to high tunnels"

Fresh vegetables are not hard to find right now. Visit a farmers market or head out to a local farm, and you'll find some delicious tomatoes, peas or beans, cucumbers and other greens.

Because of Minnesota's growing season, that tide of fresh veggies would normally slow to a drip before running dry by the end of October. The cooling weather of the fall is just part of the problem. Early spring and late fall are just too cold for plants to generate any real growth.

And that's where the high tunnel comes into play. Richard Staus has been planting in a high tunnel for three years, growing vegetables and berries that he sells to a few local clients. The extended growing season from his high tunnel has given him a much bigger and more widely spread yield.

"Our production is probably 50 percent more," said Staus, who farms near Hastings with his wife, Valeria. "We can get started about six weeks earlier in the spring."

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