Virginia, Florida organic herb growers form partnershipSunfest Organic Herbs, Okeechobee, Fla., has entered into an exclusive partnership with Harrisonburg, Va.-based Shenandoah Growers to supply it with fresh-cut organic herbs.

Sunfest brings to the table production from 380 acres of certified organic farmland and 7 acres of greenhouses, according to a news release.

Together with production from Virginia, the Sunfest arrangement should supply most of Shenandoah Grower’s Eastern Midwestern and Southern U.S. markets with fresh-cut herbs.

Altogether, Shenandoah Growers supplies more than 4,000 grocery stores nationwide with fresh-cut and living organic herbs, according to the release.

Sunfest recently acquired new biodiesel duel-temperature zone trucks to serve Florida and the Southeast, and they should complement Shenandoah’s fleet of dedicated trucks.

In addition, Sunfest has developed a proprietary food safety technology, Enviro Pure, in its new processing facility.

“When we looked at combining Shenandoah Growers’ experience in the market and innovation in organic greenhouse growing with Sunfest’s sustainable organic farming and industry-leading food safety innovation, it was obvious that this would be a win for everyone from our employees, to our valued supermarket customers, and ultimately and most importantly, to the consumers of fresh herbs.” Tim Heydon, Shenandoah Growers’ chief executive officer, said in the release.