Mucci Farms announced last summer that it planned to build a greenhouse in Huron, Ohio, and the company has now begun harvesting from the first phase of the project. ( Photo courtesy Mucci Farms )

Mucci Farms’ Huron, Ohio, greenhouse is now officially open with the start of harvesting from phase 1 of the 60-acre facility.

The greenhouse will primarily grow tomatoes on the vine, according to a news release, with some specialty snacking varieties as well.

“We chose tomatoes on-the-vine because of its high demand year round, particularly in the winter months,” Joe Spano, vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release.  

“With grow lights in the entire facility, it was important to have a product that was always in demand.”

The facility will use high-powered sodium lighting to grow tomatoes in Ohio year-round, according to the release.

The Huron greenhouse marks Kingsville, Ontario-based Mucci’s first expansion into the U.S. The company plans to build 36 more acres of greenhouses at the site in two phases, with harvest beginning in spring 2019 and 2020, according to the release.

The company also plans to open a 272,000-square-foot distribution facility in Ohio this summer.