NatureFresh Farms, one of the largest independent, vertically integrated greenhouse vegetable growers in North America, has announced the newest greenhouse expansion that will take place in Leamington, Ontario, later this year. Construction of a new, 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018, with production scheduled to begin in 2019.
With construction beginning in the summer of 2018, NatureFresh Farms will further increase its presence within the tomato category by 2019. In the new facility, there will be a variety of tomato crops being grown, including the company’s line of TOMZ snacking tomatoes, tomatoes on the vine, and beefsteak tomatoes. A greater supply of Canadian-grown tomatoes produced year-round will ensure that NatureFresh Farms successfully meets increased market demands within the tomato category with consistently fresh and high-quality products.
NatureFresh Farms expanded its greenhouse production into the U.S. in 2015 with the construction of a 45-acre facility in Delta, OH. In Ohio, the tomatoes are grown using high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting, allowing year-round availability of Ohio-grown tomatoes. With supplemental lighting and other innovations being launched in the new facility, the Leamington greenhouse will be equipped with the same state-of-the-art growing technologies as seen in Ohio.
Matt Quiring, Executive Retail Sales Accounts Manager at NatureFresh Farms, is expecting great success from the expansion.
“The first full growing season in our Ohio greenhouse has been very successful so far, so with the same technology that we use in Ohio being implemented in our new Leamington greenhouse, we expect similar success,” Quiring says. “We should see higher production, greater efficiency in the growing process, and consistently high-quality products from our new Canadian greenhouse.”