With the last weeks of 2018 still ahead of us, NatureFresh™ Farms is in the thick of a third winter growing season at their Ohio-based facility. Located in the northwestern community of Delta, OH, the NatureFresh™ Farms USA greenhouse will be picking, packing, and shipping fresh tomatoes throughout the coldest months of the year.
Since 2015, NatureFresh™ Farms USA said it has experienced success with healthy crops and high fruit yields every season. This year, the greenhouse grower is producing Tomatoes-on-the-Vine, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and a large variety of Specialty Tomatoes across 45 acres.
The company said the Delta-based greenhouse was strategically built in the northwestern region of the Buckeye state to allow for quick transport of products to all the company’s North American retail partners.
The Delta facility is using High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting fixtures, a powerful grow light technology which allows for winter tomato production. Paul Schockman, Sales Manager, shares that the Delta greenhouse gave NatureFresh™ Farms the opportunity to produce locally-grown tomatoes at a time of year when traditional farms are not in operation: “Our retail partners within the northeastern region of the United States can now provide high-value Ohio-grown products to their customers when locally-grown food is typically not available. With such an effective arrangement, it wouldn’t surprise me if we add more acreage in Ohio in the future.”
Growing in the state of Ohio has also provided the NatureFresh™ Farms team with the opportunity to develop a strong partnership with the Ohio Proud program. Featuring the Ohio Proud sticker on all tomato products grown and packed at the NatureFresh™ Farms USA location lets consumers know they are purchasing Ohio-grown products, creates support for local growers, and promotes local agriculture, the number one industry in Ohio.
NatureFresh™ Farms said it has exciting plans for market growth, as well as various expansion projects to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.