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UK: Grower generates year-round income supplying to restaurants

When Mark and Mindy Robinson, co-owners of Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill, bought the farm in 1999, they continued growing the much-anticipated Tega Hills tomatoes, but also branched off experimenting in the hydroponic production of lettuces, herbs and other vegetables.

Now, nearly 20 years later, they’re selling to 50 to 60 restaurants on a monthly basis and generating year-round income for their family.

“We grow a variety of lettuces, harvesting about 2,000 heads of lettuce each week,” he said. “We do a lot of micro-greens and we sell edible flowers. Last year we sold 9,900 squash blossoms. It’s a huge revenue generator for restaurants. They stuff them and serve them as an appetizer.”

Read more at The Herald (Stephanie Jadrnicek)

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