In our initial phase (2013-2014 timeframe) we are focusing 99% of our efforts on producing several varieties of tomatoes. Here are a few things we think make our product stand out:
- Logistics – We don’t want our customers buying our tomatoes because they are “local”. We want them buying our tomatoes because they are a better product and they are better because they don’t undergo the logistics tomatoes grown abroad endure. Here’s a decent explanation why people are unhappy with the abroad product: Why can’t I get a good tomato?
- Controlled Environment – We keep the bugs and disease out through a variety of mechanisms. Try and walk into the greenhouse with outside shoes on and our greenhouse automation will automatically eject you. (Just kidding…. sort of)
- In any greenhouse, we get the benefit of, well, the greenhouse effect. During colder months we are able to keep the environment at the optimal temperature (which, by the way, is about 75 degrees during the day and 65 at night). During the summer, we have shading and cooling to keep the temperature about 5-10 degrees cooler than ambient which is just cool enough for us to continue to produce well during the heat of the summer in Georgia.
- Nearly all food-borne illness comes from the digestive system of warm blooded animals. We have no livestock on our farm, there is no livestock anywhere near the operation. Not even the neighbors have horses.
- We are in the process of a self-audit using the Primus protocol.
- We do not use chemical pesticides in the greenhouse. While we are not certified organic, we use only organic approved pest and disease control mechnisms like Neem Oil and beneficial predators like Lady Beetles
Approximately 40% of our footprint is with a relatively new greenhouse variety beefsteak (aka slicer).
Another 40% of our footprint is tomato on the vine intended for retail grocery.
Cocktail (similar to Cherry Tomato)
The final 20% of our space is devoted to a cocktail variety (slightly larger than a cherry tomato)