Green County Master Gardeners Present Parrfection Produce Speaker
February 28, 2019
The Green County Master Gardeners will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at the Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th Street, Monroe, in the Multi-Purpose Rooms. Meetings usually include speakers or tours for learning and are open to the public to attend.
This month’s meeting will feature David Parr of Parrfection Produce, speaking on “Local Produce & Wholesale Markets”. Parrfection Produce is a leading distributor of local produce throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. They currently service many grocers, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and distributors throughout the region. Discussions will include how they achieved their current business and their plans for the future.
Parrfection Produce was started by David Parr in 2009, as a result of his lifelong passion for quality local produce and family farms. His grandparents encouraged his interest in agriculture from an early age, giving him a miniature hoe and rake set and $25 for seeds when he was 5. Because of his enthusiasm and success at growing vegetables, he accidentally grew too many peas and radishes and they would go to waste. By the time he was 16, David found a better use for the extra vegetables – he started selling his produce at the local farmers’ market in downtown Monroe. After the market closed each day, he would still have extra veggies. He began talking with local restaurants to see if they wanted to buy his available vegetables. The orders for produce increased quickly, so David began buying local fruits and vegetables from other growers. At 19, David launched Parrfection Produce. He bought an abandoned building in Albany, Wisconsin, and set up a retail location selling locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The orders for local produce continued to increase and he started selling to hospitals, schools, universities, and grocery stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Parrfection Produce continues to grow and provides both conventional and organic products. Most recently they are now supplying honey and maple syrup.
The Green County Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association was formed in Green County in 2004 to provide Master Gardeners with opportunities for professional development and community service. This past year members of the association volunteered 177 hours of community education and 1,976 hours in community service projects in Green County. Master Gardener Volunteers also assist the UW-Extension Office in responding to horticulture questions.
The Green County Master Gardeners Association meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from February through October. Association officers for 2019 will include Tanna McKeon, President; Tammy Schulte, Vice President; Linda Boll, Secretary; and Lynn Lokken, Treasurer. Anyone interested in horticulture and gardening is welcome to join the association and you do not have to be a Master Gardener to be a member. For more information on the Extension Master Gardener program contact Jackie McCarville, Green County UW-Extension, at (608) 328-9440.