Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Gotham Greens has opened a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse outside Baltimore.
The expansion means the company’s greenhouse produce will now be on grocery shelves throughout the entire mid-Atlantic region for the first time, according to a news release.
Taking over a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel Mill in Sparrows Point, this is Gotham Greens’ seventh greenhouse. It will provide a year-round supply of products to retail, restaurant and other foodservice customers across 10 states in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
The greenhouse will produce more than six million heads of lettuce annually, bringing the company’s total annual production to more than 30 million heads of lettuce, according to the release.
The company grows and sells a line of leafy greens, herbs, sauces, dips and dressings. A new lettuce, the Chesapeake Crunch, was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“By conducting our first harvest during the cold winter season, this underscores our commitment to growing and delivering high-quality, long-lasting and delicious produce all year round,” Viraj Puri, cofounder and CEO, said in the release.
The new greenhouse has proprietary data-driven control tools for a high-yield, energy-efficient farming system.