Backyard Farms tomatoes will be grown in one of North America's largest greenhouses, built in New York. ( Mastronardi Produce/Backyard Farms )

A 71.6-acre  glass greenhouse for growing Backyard Farms brand tomatoes is coming to New York, courtesy of Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.

“This expansion allows us to meet the incredible loyal consumer and retailer demand for this brand,” Paul Mastronardi, president, CEO of Mastronardi Produce, said in a news release.  “It also ensures that all Northeasterners can enjoy what New Englanders have come to expect—fresh-from-the-vine Backyard Farms tomatoes delivered within hours.”

The facility will be in Oneida, New York, and is under construction.

Founded in the 1940s, Mastronardi Produce is a large vertically integrated producer and distributor of greenhouse-grown produce, marketed under the Sunset and Backyard Farms brands.

The greenhouse will provide Northeasterners with better access to fresh-from-the-vine Backyard Farms tomatoes delivered within hours, Mastronardi said in the release.

The expansion is the first phase of the company’s ambitions for its locally grown Backyard Farms label, according to the company.

The greenhouse more than doubles Backyard Farms’ greenhouse growing acreage and increases Mastronardi Produce’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations nationwide, providing more than 4,000 acres of growing capacity.

New-York-grown Backyard Farms brand tomatoes are expected to be shipped by the fall of 2019, according to the release.

 

 
Comments
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/10/2019 - 21:28

Maybe you should come and try to live on the roads that your route got trucks driving back-and-forth back-and-forth from 630 in the morning even on Saturday and Sunday and try to worry about crossing the road with your kids for a school bus is a trucks are going through a 30 mile an hour zone doing 45 5055 or faster this might be a great idea for this area and it might benefit this company but is far is the homeowner the taxpayer and just every day life you’re ruining it for several people

Submitted by l seamans on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:57

I live on the main rd. that the trucks are using to get to the new green house. The sheriff's dept. has put up a speed monitoring sign and we find that the trucks (and cars) are doing the speed limit of 30 mph or less. I for one wish they would leave the speed monitoring sign up for good as cars usually speed down this street most of the time. I like having it up to check the speed of cars/trucks.

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Submitted by Robert A DuBuke on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:54

Oh stop. It's the best thing this area will have in a long time.

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Submitted by Robert A DuBuke on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:54

Oh stop. It's the best thing this area will have in a long time.

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Submitted by Deborah Ripoli on Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:42

I think that will just be for a short time. What they will bring will be great for the economy here.

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Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/10/2019 - 21:28

Maybe you should come and try to live on the roads that your route got trucks driving back-and-forth back-and-forth from 630 in the morning even on Saturday and Sunday and try to worry about crossing the road with your kids for a school bus is a trucks are going through a 30 mile an hour zone doing 45 5055 or faster this might be a great idea for this area and it might benefit this company but is far is the homeowner the taxpayer and just every day life you’re ruining it for several people

Submitted by Concerned on Mon, 02/11/2019 - 07:50

Instead of hiring people here, they want to bring in 200 Guatemalans. We must oppose this. Plenty of people here that need work.

Submitted by l seamans on Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:25

Oh and you think that people in this area will work for the same money that the Guatemalan's will work for??? This Greenhouse is suppose to run 24/7. My understanding is they will also live on the property and a soccer field is also suppose to be put in for the workers.

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Submitted by Amazing on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:08

So, the people here who say that it’s good they are bringing in Guatemalans because people here won’t work for those wages: you are supporting that? Stop and think, is indentured servitude a good thing? Is it good to practically enslave workers? Have them trapped in a situation where they are unfamiliar with local laws and customs? Unlikely to report violations of health and safety, because they don’t know how and are afraid to? You’re so busy virtue signaling that you don’t think things through.

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Submitted by mark on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:19

Look around here, I don't see locals lining up to work. The work is too hard for the locals. Not like 40 years ago when muck work was generational in families.

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Submitted by mark on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 22:21

are you a Native American who doesn't have any immigrants in your family. Of course, oppose what will help the general area and population.

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Submitted by Bryan whipple on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:18

saposedly this co. is supposed to give the local people a chance at it as well.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/16/2019 - 12:23

Welcome Backyard Farms. We appreciate your use of local resources and truckers and are excited to see what other benefits you will bring to our area. Farming is changing and the idea of getting local fresh produce year round is exciting.

Submitted by Sam on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:29

Frankly, I don’t see what the problem is? We should encourage to have more companies to do the same. I don’t see a lot of movement happening in this area where more jobs and fresh grown vegetables are going to be provided?

Submitted by Sam on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:29

Frankly, I don’t see what the problem is? We should encourage to have more companies to do the same. I don’t see a lot of movement happening in this area where more jobs and fresh grown vegetables are going to be provided?

Submitted by Donna on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:35

l think this is a great idea for our local community and economy

Submitted by Anonymous business owner on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 19:07

It’s unfortunate that they didn’t use tax paying vendors for the materials that were hauled in for this project.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:08

They didn't? They are using local truck companies and hauling the dirt and gravel from Munnsville? So how is that not local?

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Submitted by Anonymous 47 on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:02

From what I’m hearing the only ones profiting from the dirt and gravel is the Indian nation

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Submitted by Anonymous 47 on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:02

From what I’m hearing the only ones profiting from the dirt and gravel is the Indian nation

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Submitted by Anonymous 47 on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:02

From what I’m hearing the only ones profiting from the dirt and gravel is the Indian nation

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Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 19:54

I think it's a big front waiting for the legalization of marijuana...truly🙄

Submitted by Nonya Bitness on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 03:19

Marijuana grow facility, they ain't growing no DAMN tomatoes. Watch and see.

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Submitted by SJ on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:43

Boo frigen hoo on your traffic issues. Did ya ever think that with the jobs and revenue this place will bring it is a blessing to this area.
Just a public service msg from a local supporter.

Submitted by Betsy on Sat, 02/23/2019 - 09:35

People don’t wanna give a bit. Relax. The traffic of big trucks is short lived. And as far as jobs for us, there are plenty of jobs now that no one wants to do. It’s disgraceful how I keep hearing we need the jobs when I personally can attest to the fact that no one wants to work!! Especially in the field of the trades. So good luck keeping the jobs for the locals. They won’t do it!!

Submitted by Nonya Bitness on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 04:20

You want to educate yourself on Mastronardi Produce, go to their website and search reviews. They treat employees like dirt, low pay, no benefits, no organization within management. Not a reputable company, and they are based in Canada. We definitely don't need a flood of Guatemala refugees here to blend in with the other illegal immigrants. This sounds like a BAD idea, you sure it isn't a front for a Marijuana grow operation? It won't be long before it is legal here.