The integration of the North American greenhouse industry was on display last week as the United Fresh Produce Association honoured Peter Quiring with its FreshTEC Achievement Award in Chicago. On June 13, the greenhouse vegetable grower—who first started as a greenhouse fabricator -- was recognized for 20 years of contributions to the produce industry.
With 130 acres in production from March to November in state-of-the-art facilities in Leamington, Ontario, he is also making a mark in Delta, Ohio with 45 acres of Ohio-Red tomatoes from October to July. NatureFresh Farms has grown to become one of the largest independent, vertically integrated greenhouse vegetable growers in North America.
One of the advancements has been a TOMZ snacking tomato program which dispenses seven different types of specialty tomatoes under one brand: red/yellow/orange grape tomatoes, red cherry tomatoes, mixed snacking tomatoes, mixed grape tomatoes and sweet red cocktail tomatoes.
NatureFresh Farms continues to sample its TOMZ tomatoes at all #GreenInTheCity tour stops with the company’s mobile Greenhouse Education Center. The mobile center has toured widely across Ontario and the United States, educating consumers about its bee pollination and hydroponic cultivation methods.
“Peter’s contributions to greenhouse technology have advanced the industry significantly,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “His competitive drive and commitment to invest in technology advancements in controlled growing environments are what set him apart.”