A long-time Wisconsin dairy farm is going all in on a new certified organic fresh packaged vegetable product; the first in a long time for Organic Valley, the co-op it belongs to. The four-generation Langmeier Dairy in Prairie du Chien is building a new washing and packing facility to produce retail packages and 10-pound bulk bags of Brussels sprouts that will be branded and marketed under the Organic Valley label.
The Langmeier family and Organic Valley worked with Elizabeth Marston of Windham Packaging in New Hampshire to come up with breathable packaging that would provide maximum shelf life for both the retail pouches and bulk bags in boxes.
describes how Marston and her colleagues have been working with controlled atmosphere packaging for Brussels sprouts for the last six years, in both the conventional and organic spaces.
The Langmeiers are excited about the venture, and have been since they travelled to the Netherlands to research postharvest handling and equipment. They’ve got 50 acres of Brussels sprouts planted, and are poised to expand production if demand warrants.