NatureFresh to add supplemental lighting as part of Leamington expansion

NatureFresh to add supplemental lighting as part of Leamington expansion

Construction of a new 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018.

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March 26, 2018
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LEAMINGTON, Ontario – John Ketler, general manager at NatureFresh Farms, is excited to announce the newest NatureFresh Farms greenhouse expansion taking place in Leamington, Ontario, later this year, according to a press release. Construction of a new 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018, with production scheduled to begin in 2019. This facility will house a range of Tomato varieties to be grown using supplemental lighting, allowing for year-round production of fresh, Canadian-grown Tomatoes!.

With construction beginning in the summer of 2018, NatureFresh Farms will further increase its presence within the tomato category by 2019. In this new facility, there will be a variety of tomato crops being grown, including TOMZ Snacking Tomatoes, Tomatoes-on-the-Vine, and Beefsteak Tomatoes. A greater supply of Canadian-grown tomatoes produced year-round will ensure that NatureFresh Farms successfully meets increased market demands within the Tomato category with consistently fresh and high-quality products.

NatureFresh Farms expanded its greenhouse production into the United States in 2015 with the construction of a 45-acre facility in Delta, Ohio. In Ohio, NatureFresh Farms also grows TOMZ Snacking Tomatoes, Tomatoes-on-the-Vine, and Beefsteak Tomatoes, but these crops are grown using High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting, allowing year-round availability of Ohio-grown tomatoes. With supplemental lighting and other innovations being launched in the new facility, the Leamington, Ontario, greenhouse will be equipped with the same state-of-the-art growing technologies as seen in Ohio. Matt Quiring, executive retail sales accounts manager at NatureFresh Farms, is expecting great success from the expansion: “The first full growing season in our Ohio greenhouse has been very successful so far, so with the same technology that we use in Ohio being implemented in our new Leamington greenhouse, we expect similar success. We should see higher production, greater efficiency in the growing process, and consistently high-quality products from our new Canadian greenhouse.”

NatureFresh Farms continues to grow its acreage with this exciting Canadian expansion. Once construction is complete on the new facility, NatureFresh Farms will be growing flavorful, high quality Tomatoes across over 90 acres of greenhouses. With exciting times ahead, the NatureFresh Farms team is looking forward to further development as a leader within the industry, according to the release.

HPS Lighting Tomato HID Greenhouse structure