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'The Art of Living with Marilu Henner' to feature Smith’s Farm

by | October 19, 2010

"The Art of Living with Marilu Henner," a prominent lifestyle show hosted by stage and TV star Marilu Henner, will feature Smith's Farm, a Presque Isle, ME- based broccoli and potato grower-shipper, on an upcoming episode in a spot titled “Healthier Living — From the Farm to the Table.” The segment, which is part of the Healthy Living through Healthier Choices series, is expected to air in early November.

With many Americans taking a proactive approach to living healthier lives, fresh produce is becoming a bigger part of their diets. Broccoli, which is considered a super food, is known to reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange, has almost as much calcium as whole milk, and it also contains selenium, a mineral that possesses both anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.

Smith’s Farm is a leading supplier of broccoli east of the Mississippi River. The family-owned-and operated company harvests and ships nearly 2 million cases of broccoli each year, which it said amounts to more than all of the other East Coast shippers combined, including Canada. The family’s farming roots date back to the mid-1800s.

“My great-great-great grandfather, Oliver Smith, started farming in Mars Hill, Maine, in 1859,” Tara Smith-Vighetti of Smith’s Farm Inc. said in a press release. “The fact that we are a family-owned business that spans six generations is one of our greatest sources of corporate pride. This structure and company culture allows us to approach the marketplace not with just a product to sell but with a heritage behind that product.”

Certified in Good Agricultural Practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and routinely evaluated by third-party auditors such as Primus, Smith’s Farm is committed to quality, safety and environmental sustainability.

Filmed on location this summer during harvest, the five-minute feature educates viewers on the benefits of fresh broccoli and gives them an upclose look at operations at Smith’s Farm. The segment also includes interviews with fifth- and sixth-generation members of the Smith family.