BrightFarms Set for First Ohio Greenhouse Harvest in July
WILMINGTON, OH - Wouldn’t it be nice if fresh and sustainable baby greens were available locally year-round? Now, thanks to the folks at BrightFarms, consumers in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio, will enjoy just that privilege. The pesticide- and herbicide-free grower, who has already brought locally-grown greens into the Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia markets, will commence the first harvest of baby greens out of its Wilmington, Ohio, greenhouse this coming July.
“Data from existing programs paints a very good picture about the demographics the BrightFarms brand attracts,” says Paul Lightfoot, CEO. “We over-index with young health-conscious shoppers that heavily shop the fresh perimeter.”
The new greenhouse spans 140,000-square-feet and will harvest six days a week, deliver to customers within 24 hours, and contain a variety of fresh greens, including the following:
- Baby Spinach
- Spring Mix
- Baby Arugula
- 50/50 Spring Mix/Spinach Blend
- Baby Kale
- Baby Romaine
- “Sunny Crunch” (a unique variety of iceberg lettuce)
“We also offer the opportunity to customize blends for specific needs,” said Nick Chaney, Head Grower for the Ohio facility. “We have a pipeline of exciting new products to delight consumers with varieties they’ve never seen or tasted before.”
Retailers interested in the greenhouse greens can contact the Ohio-based BrightFarms facility at Ohio@brightfarms.com.
And for those retailers who still feel wary of the new facility, the company promises to provide customers with year-round, high-quality local supply, according to a recent press release.
“Locally-grown fresh produce has been the number one demand trend with the ultimate consumer for many years,” said Reggie Griffin, former Corporate VP of Produce for The Kroger Co. “Having commercial-scale locally-grown baby leaf greens and herbs are great for everyone including the great state of Ohio. BrightFarms has a proven track record and is a company that is reshaping the supply of locally-grown fresh leafy salad greens and herbs for retailers who are dedicated to supplying their consumers these products."
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