“This expansion allows us to meet the incredible loyal consumer and retailer demand for this brand,” says Paul Mastronardi, President and CEO, and the fourth-generation family member to lead Mastronardi Produce. “It also ensures that all Northeasterners can enjoy what New Englanders have come to expect—fresh-from-the-vine Backyard Farms tomatoes delivered within hours.”
The 71.6-acre glass greenhouse is Phase I of the company’s overall mission to satisfy customer appetites — and exceed flavor expectations — for locally grown Backyard Farms tomatoes.
Canadian producer Mastronardi Produce purchased Backyard Farms, based in Maine, in 2014. At the time, Backyard Farms was the largest commercial grower of year-round tomatoes in New England, producing up to 30 million tomatoes annually.
The new, state-of-the-art greenhouse in Oneida, NY, more than doubles Backyard Farms’ greenhouse growing acreage and increases Mastronardi Produce’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations across the U.S.. In total, Mastronardi produces and delivers fresh, flavorful produce to retailers from more than 4,000 productive acres of growing capacity.
The New-York-grown Backyard Farms tomatoes will be sold in stores starting in Fall 2019.