Canadian greenhouse grower SunSelect expects to begin the first shipments of tomatoes from its new California greenhouse during the week of Oct. 27, with the first crop of sweet bell peppers expected about a week later.
The first harvest at the 32-acre greenhouse in Tehachapi, Calif., marks the beginning of a new era for the British Columbia-based grower-shipper, according to a news release. The greenhouse is producing cocktail and traditional tomatoes on the vine, as well as year-round sweet bell peppers.
Construction is already underway on a second greenhouse in Tehachapi, according to the release.
“We chose Tehachapi for a few reasons, including the high light levels to promote uniform plant growth, the plentiful water and low humidity,” SunSelect co-owner Victor Krahn said in the release. “And because the temperature in this valley is lower than surrounding areas, it is naturally free of many pests.”
The Oppenheimer Group, which is a long-time partner of SunSelect, according to the release, invested in the new California facilities.
“This is an important step in the evolution of the North American greenhouse category,” Aaron Quon, greenhouse and vegetable category director for Oppenheimer, said in the release.
“With SunSelect, we will be the first to offer U.S.-grown greenhouse sweet bell peppers year round. And with the addition of TOVs and cocktail tomatoes, combined with SunSelect’s BC production of peppers and cucumbers, we can deliver a full basket of high-demand items to our customers from SunSelect any day of the year.” Quon said in the release.
New packaging is launching with the first harvest from the new California greenhouse, according to the release. The packaging “emphasizes the California origin of our new items,” Krahn said in the release.