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A member of Red Hat Cooperative greenhouse growers is stepping up to create Alberta’s first premium year-round greenhouse brand: Big Marble Farms.
Ryan Cramer, the AGGA 2014 Vegetable Grower of the Year and 2016 Greenhouse Canada Top 10 Under 40 award winner, has continued to expand and update his state-of-the-art farm in Medicine Hat. The latest upgrades, completed in early December, 2016, make Cramer’s farm the largest greenhouse in Alberta. It will also be one of the first to grow fresh local produce on a year-round basis.
His belief in the demand for fresh produce is shared by executives at Sobeys and Safeway who are carrying Cramer’s produce rather than shifting to imported tomatoes and cucumbers during winter months.
“We know that consumers prefer to buy fresh local produce, because they’ve been asking us for it and buying it in growing numbers during summer months,” said Jason Potter, President, Operations, Western Canada for Sobeys and Safeway. “We saw this expansion as an opportunity to support a local grower as well as meet the demands of our customers for high-quality local produce.”
The 1.5 million sq. ft. Big Marble Farms facility feature mini cucumbers and seedless long English cucumbers that Cramer has been growing as part of the Red Hat Cooperative, in addition to 60,000 new tomato plants that will grow Beefsteak Tomatoes and Tomatoes on the Vine.
“Our young family lives next to the farm, so we eat what we grow. A year-round greenhouse will take advantage of the tremendous amount of sunshine we get here in Medicine Hat,” said Cramer, referring to the city’s prime spot in the Canadian Sunbelt. He continued, “The expansion and launch of Big Marble also means that our workforce will be growing.”
For more information, contact: Ryan Cramer, President, Big Marble Farms by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org