Ripon’s downtown grocery store has been for sale for some time. Soon, it may have a new owner — but the building will be used to grow food, not sell it.
Ernessi Farms, which first opened in the lower level of the Bluemke’s building downtown, is planning to purchase the Market Fresh building at 111 E. Fond du Lac St. There, it’s expected to greatly expand its ability to grow produce, increase its market share and hire new employees.
"With this expansion, this will make us the largest vertical farm in the state by far,” said Bryan Ernst, owner and founder of Ernessi Farms. “The only other vertical farms that are getting close to the size by the time we’re done would be found in cities like Chicago, New York and Minneapolis.”
A closing date has not yet been set for the proposed sale.