Courtesy Bright FarmsLettuce is in production a Bright Farms greenhouse near Philadelphia. Indianapolis is in line to get a Bright Farms greenhouse production facility thanks to an agreement the New York-based company has made with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets.New York-based Bright Farms entered a partnership with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets, in which 97 stores in Indiana and Ohio will be retail partners in a greenhouse Bright Farms plans to build in Indianapolis.
The company’s first commercial-scale greenhouse is now up and running outside Philadelphia, according to Kate Siskel, marketing and media relations manager.
“We completed the farm in January and had our first harvest in March,” Siskel said.
A greenhouse in St. Louis is set to be completed at the end of the year, with a location in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area scheduled to open in September.
Another operation in Oklahoma City is set to open this year as well.
Bright Farms is also in development stages for greenhouses in Kansas City, Mo., and Washington D.C., Siskel said.
In addition, Graham Tucker was hired as director of agriculture in June.
Tucker, former head grower of Green City Growers, will train and oversee Bright Farms’ developing network of growers for future greenhouses, according to a news release.