Winners of  R.E.A.CH. International's 11th annual Greenhouse Competitions announced

Winners of R.E.A.CH. International's 11th annual Greenhouse Competitions announced

For the first time, strawberries were among the crops judged at the competition in Leamington, Ontario.

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June 22, 2018
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On June 15-17, 2018 at the Leamington Fair, R.E.A.CH. International hosted its 11th annual Greenhouse Competitions including “The Hottest Tomato,"  “The Perfect Pepper," “The Coolest Cucumber” and the newest “Sweetest Strawberry” Competitions. Greenhouse Industry growers and marketers entered their premium produce into the competitions which celebrate Essex County as being the largest greenhouse industry in North America.

R.E.A.CH. International, the Canadian registered child-sponsorship charity, run completely by local volunteers, has been hosting an annual event that both celebrates our local Greenhouse Fame while sponsoring some of the poorest children and families in the world.

The net proceeds from this event will be used for R.E.A.CH.’s main project in Uganda.

These unique competitions, presented in part by Agrolux Horticultural Lighting, Nature Fresh Farms, Red Sun Farms and UCB Canada, happen in two stages.  First, on Friday evening, expert judges from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), grocery store produce managers, Culinary Guild of Windsor Chefs, and many others, judge entries with a specialized list of criteria. Second, throughout Friday and Saturday, we got over 1000 votes from the public for their favourite Tomato, Pepper, Cucumber and Strawberry for the “People’s Choice” awards. Our “Kids’ Choice” voters were especially excited about the new Strawberry category! 

The Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday evening, awarded beautiful crystal trophies and bragging rights to all the best producers in North America.  

The proceeds from the competition raises enough money to sponsor over 50 children in Uganda, Africa annually.  The sponsorships give the children food, school supplies, medicine and everything else they need to get an education and break the cycle of poverty. 

See the full list of winners below: 

Hottest Tomato Competition
Beefsteak Category Score
First place: Pure Flavor Beefsteak 820
Second place: Nature Fresh Beefsteak 818.3
Third place: Sunset Slicer Beefsteak 790

Cluster Category
First place: Sunset Produce Avalantino 879.2
Second place: Red Sun Farms Specialty TOV 862.5
Third place: Nature Fresh TOV #1 848.6

Roma Category
First place: Red Sun Farms Red Sun Farms Roma Tomato 758.3
Second place: Sunset Produce Roma 747.9
Third place: Pure Flavor Roma 745.8

Cocktail Category
First place: Sunset Produce Kumato 941.7
Second place: Nature Fresh Tomz Cocktail #3 856.3
Third place: Del Fresco Cocktail Tomato 837.5

Specialty Category
First place: Red Sun Farms Red Sun Farms Specialty Cherry Tomato 839.6
Second place: Sunset Orange Crunch 827.1
Third place: Nature Fresh Tomz Red Cherry 812.5

Bite Size Category
First place: Sunset Produce Flavor Bombs 868.8
Second place: Sunset Florantino 854.2
Third place: Sunset One Sweet Tomato 822.9

Overall Best Tomato
Sunset Produce Kumato Cocktail Tomato 941.7

People's Choice Tomato
Nature Fresh Tomz Tomberries  

Kid's Choice Tomato
Nature Fresh Tomz Tomberries  
   
Coolest Cucumber Competition
English Cucumber

First place: Mucci Farms English Cucumber 677
Second place Sunset English Cukes 667
Third place Nature Fresh Long English 667
   
Mini Cucumber
First place: Red Sun Farms Red Sun Farms Mini Cucumber 695.8
Second place: Trison Mini Tribute Crunch 675
Third place Mucci Farms Mini Cuke 658.3
   
Cocktail Cucumber
First place: Pure Flavor Poco Bites 765
Second place Sunset Produce One Sweet Cucumber 738.3
Third place Double Diamond Cocktail Cukes 735

Overall Best Cucumber
Pure Flavor Poco Bites 765

People's Choice Cucumber
Mucci Farms Cute-cumber Poppers 

Kid's Choice Cucumber
Nature Fresh Nature Fresh Mini Cukes  

Perfect Pepper Competition
Red Bell Pepper

First place: Double Diamond Red Pepper 900
Second place: Del Fresco Red Pepper 795.5
Third place: Nature Fresh Red Bell 772.7
   
Yellow Bell Pepper
First place: Orangeline Farms Zing! Yellow Pepper 806.8
Second place: Del Fresco 804.5
Third place: Trison Farms 790.9
   
Orange Bell Pepper
First place: Orangeline Farms Zing! Orange Bell 840.9
Second place Mucci Farms 809.1
Third place Del Fresco 781.8
   
Specialty Mini Pepper
First place: Orangeline Farms Zing! Lunchbox Orange 903.6
Second place Topline Produce Mini Seedless 883.6
Third place Nature Fresh Yellow Snack 868.5
   
Specialty Bell Pepper
First place: Sunset Produce Aloha 822.7
Second place Orangeline Zing! Chocolate Bell 804.5
   
Specialty Long Pepper
First place: Mucci Farms Rustico 869.7
Second place: Orangeline Zing! Super Sweet Shephard 866.7
Third place, tied: Sunset Sweet Twisters 845.5
Third place, tied: Pure Flavor Aurora Sweets 845.5
   
Specialty Hot Pepper
First place: Sunset Produce Ancient Hots 915.9
Second place: Del Fresco 893.2
Third place: Orangeline Zingers! Peter Pepper 865.9
   
Overall Best Pepper
Sunset Produce Ancient Hots 915.9

People's Choice Pepper
Orangeline Zing! Yellow Super Sweet Shephard

Kid's Choice Pepper
Nature Fresh Nature Fresh Yellow Bell  
   
Sweetest Strawberry Competition
Overall Best Strawberry
First place: Mucci Farms Smuccies 1288.9
Second place: Sunset Produce Strawberry 1166.7
Third place: Del Fresco Yes Berries 1133.3
   
People's Choice Strawberry
Mucci Farms Smuccies

Kid's Choice Strawberry
Mucci Farms Smuccies  

Photo courtesy of R.E.A.CH. International