We wanted to share this feeling with people 365 days a year, so with more than a little effort, we’re now ready to do it. Introducing Big Marble Farms, Alberta’s largest year-round greenhouse.
That means the ripe and delicious Mini Cucumbers, Tomatoes on the Vine, Seedless English Cukes, and Beefsteak Tomatoes that you enjoy in the middle of June will be just as outstanding in the middle of an Alberta Winter because they’re Always Growing™ in ideal conditions just down the road in Medicine Hat.
Medicine Hat Alberta is nestled in the sweet spot of the Canadian Sunbelt—a stretch of land from Calgary to Estevan that averages well over 2000 hours of sunshine each year. Small wonder the sunniest place in all of Canada is right here in Medicine Hat.
Still, it’s not quite sunny enough to hold off the chill of an Alberta Winter. That’s why we’ve upgraded our Greenhouse to grow 365 days per year — so we can bring fresh local produce to your table — and take full advantage of all this sunshine.Medicine Hat gets:
330 days of sunshine a year!
The less you have to travel to get what you want the better. Especially when it comes to fresh vegetables. That’s the idea behind everything we do at Big Marble Farms. Our local produce spends more time ripening on healthy vines and less time sitting on trucks. So you’ll always find the freshest Big Marble produce at your local grocery store.
Standing at a gargantuan 1.5 million square feet, Big Marble is the largest Greenhouse in Alberta. It’s home to over 300,000 cucumber plants, 60,000 tomato vines and 17,400 grow lights that add to the warm, sunny glow of our farm. Even in winter.
We also use 330 km of radiant hydronic heating pipes and a 7 million litre heat recovery system for ultra-efficient operation in winter months and a mechanized louver system to cool off plants during warm spring and hot summer days. This ensures that our produce is grown from the healthiest and most vibrant plants you’ll find anywhere.
There are a variety of ways to grow greenhouse fruits and vegetables, but the absolute best way is High Wire. Just like it sounds, the plants are suspended 5 to 7 feet in the air and they’re fed the perfect amount of nutrients and water.
Being high above ground means that everything we grow at Big Marble gets the maximum amount of sunshine and is less at risk for infestation, fungus and disease.
Integrated Pest Management is a fancy way to say we do everything in our power to avoid using pesticides. The fact that we’re in a greenhouse is a great start. We also use good bugs like bees for pollination and ladybugs to control the population (aka: eat all) of the less friendly ones.
When you put this much effort into growing and harvesting such perfect cucumbers and tomatoes, you don’t want anything to go wrong with packing or shipping. At Big Marble, we’ve got it covered with our state-of-the-art Pack Shed. Nothing gets bruised, mislabeled, or left standing for too long. As soon as it comes off the vine, it’s heading your way.