LEAMINGTON, Ontario – The Tomato Capital of Canada, Leamington, Ontario, hosted its 11th annual Greenhouse Vegetable Awards this past weekend at the Leamington Fair. Showcasing the best greenhouse-grown produce from leading North American growers, family-owned NatureFresh Farms was awarded many top accolades, including People’s and Kids’ Choice Awards for 2018’s Hottest Tomato, the Tomberry.
On Saturday evening, NatureFresh Farms took home awards in the following categories:
- People’s Choice Award for Hottest Tomato – NatureFresh Tomberry Tomatoes
- Kids’ Choice Award for Hottest Tomato - NatureFresh Tomberry Tomatoes
- Kids’ Choice Award for Coolest Cucumber – NatureFresh Mini Cucumbers
- Kids’ Choice Award for Perfect Pepper – NatureFresh Yellow Bell Pepper
Matt Quiring, executive retail sales accounts manager at NatureFresh Farms, was especially excited that NatureFresh took home the coveted Kids’ Choice Awards in the Tomato, Bell Pepper, and Cucumber categories: “The People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards are such impactful awards to win because they have everything to do with the end consumer," Quiring said. "They’re also incredibly important because children are the buyers of tomorrow – knowing that they choose NatureFresh-grown products above every other label is a huge testament to what we do and what’s in store for the future.”
At the Awards, the Tomberry Tomato was chosen by both adults and children as this year’s Hottest Tomato. Benny Teichroeb, a member of the Trial Development team at NatureFresh Farms, was confident after his experiences with the Tomberry that it would perform well at the Awards this year: “The Tomberry is definitely one of the most unique Tomatoes we have ever trialed in the Discovery Center," he said. "It performed beyond our expectations from the start, and due to its small size and sweet flavor, it tends to draw a lot of positive attention. People of all ages love the World’s Smallest Tomato, and we are very excited to now have it in our program full-time!” The NatureFresh Farms team is looking forward to watching this little Tomato do big things within the Tomato category.
All funds raised from the Greenhouse Vegetable Awards go to R.E.A.C.H. International. This local charity has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build clinics and schools, drill water wells, and sponsor and care for impoverished children in Uganda, Africa.