Leamington, ON (April 1st, 2016) – Now in to their 4th week of Canadian production, NatureFresh™ Farms’ bell pepper program is being met with open arms not only by retailers but consumers too.
“The winter market has been a challenge in many respects this year,” stated Matt Quiring, Key Account Manager. “Production has been limited across North America & Europe due to inclement weather. With new crops being picked this past month, it’s a breathe of fresh air after mediocre quality, limited availability, and high prices. Ontario grown bell peppers are a welcome sight for retailers and consumers alike”, said Quiring. The demand for bell peppers is reaching an all-time high and with NatureFresh™ Farms being one of the largest bell pepper growers in North America, the company is well established to ship to all regions throughout the mid-west and Canada.
With the successful launch of NatureFresh’s Delta, OH greenhouse this winter that’s producing OhioRed Tomatoes year-round, consumers on both sides of the border have been vocal on NatureFresh’s social media channels wondering about adding locally grown bell peppers to either of the company’s facilities in USA or Canada. In partnership with the Ontario Farm Innovation Program (OFIP), NatureFresh™ participated in a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental light from overhead High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light bulbs & LED bulbs at plant level. While the study is ongoing, NatureFresh™ continues to research innovative technologies to be able to provide local, year-round greenhouse vegetable production.
NatureFresh™ Farms increased its organic bell pepper acreage by 100% this season to meet the increasing demand for organics in both the United States & Canada. “The organics market is a unique segment that is focused on consistency from a quality & availability perspective”, commented Ray Wowryk, Director of Business Development. The success of the company’s organic program prompted the significant increase in acreage this season. NatureFresh™ grows red, yellow, orange, and green certified organic bell peppers in its Leamington, ON greenhouses.
To learn more about NatureFresh™ Farms, please visit naturefresh.ca