Delta, OH (November 30th, 2015)– The reality of locally grown tomatoes from Ohio in the heart of winter took a gigantic step forward last week. Greenhouse grower NatureFresh™ Farms announced that the first tomato plants for its new high-tech 15-acre Delta, OH greenhouse had arrived on site were planted highlighting the completion of the construction of Phase I.
“This is a great day for NatureFresh™ to see the first tomato plants arrive here at our new greenhouse in Ohio”, said Peter Quiring, President. In just over 6 months from the ground-breaking, NatureFresh™ built a state of the art facility that will produce locally grown greenhouse tomatoes year round. This will be a first for the state of Ohio to have locally grown tomatoes 12 months a year. “We will be heading in to 2016 with 130 acres in Leamington, ON and 15 acres in Delta, OH for a total of 145 acres under glass”, said Quiring. Construction of NatureFresh’s Phase II of 30 acres has already begun and expected to be completed by the middle of next summer.
NatureFresh™ Farms grows and markets an extensive variety of tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers.
“The demand for locally grown produce is increasing year over year”, commented Ray Wowryk, Director of Business Development. “By reducing food miles and growing closer to home, consumers will have the opportunity starting in February to purchase Ohio grown tomatoes in the winter, which is a first”, said Wowryk.
NatureFresh™ unveiled its OhioRed™ brand for its new Ohio grown product recently at the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta. The first crop of OhioRed™ Tomatoes is expected to be ready for picking in mid-February 2016.
“The increase in our acreage in Ohio will help us provide even more product to our key retail accounts in the mid-west and in Canada”, said Wowryk.