Canadian greenhouse produce production ramps up - The Packer

Canadian greenhouse produce production ramps up

03/08/2012 11:21:00 AM
Susie Cable

Greenhouse crops throughout North America are progressing on schedule as production shifts from Mexico to Canada for many shippers.

There is some overlap as Leamington, Ontario-based JemD Farms’ Mexican production dwindles and its Canadian production ramps up, said Jim DiMenna, president.

JemD grows greenhouse vegetables in Ontario, while its Numaran, Mexico-based partner, Agricola El Rosal SA de CV, grows vegetables in greenhouses in Mexico.

JemD markets greenhouse-grown cluster tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, seedless cucumbers and mini cucumbers, DiMenna said. JemD’s largest volume item is tomatoes, including cluster and beefsteak varieties.

The company also markets hothouse red and orange bell peppers in addition to its Artisan Series greenhouse-grown specialty produce.

Its Canada-grown produce is marketed as Golden Sun Greenhouse Vegetables, while the Mexico-grown produce is marketed as Red Sun Greenhouse Vegetables.

In late February, DiMenna said JemD’s greenhouse crops in Canada were progressing normally, and he expected good production this spring and summer. Its greenhouse crops in Mexico were producing good quality vegetables.

DiMenna said he expected to see production in Canada ramping up through early April.

By mid-April JemD’s Ontario greenhouses should be in full production, which continues until the beginning of October.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group’s Canada greenhouse production got under way in mid-February.

Its first load of organic cucumbers shipped during the week of Feb. 13, said Aaron Quon, greenhouse category director.

Among the produce Oppenheimer plans to market this spring: red, yellow and orange tomatoes on the vine; beefsteak tomatoes; cocktail tomatoes; roma tomatoes; Divemex Fair Trade Certified conventional and organic colored bell peppers; Mexico-grown slicer cucumbers; organic tomatoes, long English cucumbers and red bell peppers; and living herbs.

"Everything is on schedule," Quon said. "The first shipment (of organic cucumbers) looked really good."

He said he expects conventional and organic tomatoes and peppers to be ready for harvest in March.

Peppers are a major greenhouse vegetable crop for Oppenheimer. Its Canada-grown bell peppers are expected to be in peak production from about May through September, Quon said.

This season, Oppenheimer plans to market Canada-grown greenhouse organic red bell peppers for the first time.

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