PORTNEUF, Quebec — Greenhouse tomato grower Savoura, owned by Les Serres du St-Laurent Inc., has harvested the first crop of cocktail, cherry and vine tomatoes from its new 12-acre greenhouse in Terraparo, Mexico.
"The crop was a little earlier than we expected because the tomatoes had so much light, they grew faster than they grow in Quebec," sales and marketing director Valerie Grenier said.
Harvesting began at the end of August, with product destined for chain stores in the southern U.S., including Whole Foods in Florida and H-E-B and Central Market in Texas.
Savoura is using the same tomato varieties and techniques it uses in its Quebec greenhouses, Grenier said.
Savoura’s Quebec-grown yellow cherry tomatoes on the vine have sold extremely well, she said, despite the fact that low light levels during the rainy spring and summer led to a smaller harvest.
Volumes should be back to normal in April for the yellow cherries and for the company’s new "bouquet" of colored tomatoes, she said.
Savoura chief executive officer Marie Gosselin was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the annual Women of the Year awards issue of Quebec magazine Chatelaine.
In August, she was named second vice president of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association at the QPMA’s annual convention in Mont Tremblant.