Bushel Boy Farms grows fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes year-round in Owatonna, Minnesota, using the latest in greenhouse design, technology, and climatology; happy bees to pollinate the plants; and a small group of dedicated growers. The tomatoes they provide to CKC Good Food are picked when they’re ripe, red and juicy, and are delivered and used in our school meals within days. We’ve found kids eating our meals particularly like the “Baby Boys” variety of tomatoes from Bushel Boy.
In comparison, many tomatoes in stores today are grown in fields in Mexico, California or Arizona, where 10 to 20 times more water is required than that required for tomatoes grown in Bushel Boy greenhouses. And those tomatoes grown in warmer climates are generally picked when they’re still green – before they reach full flavor and juiciness – and ripen on the long truck ride to the store.
In addition to conserving water, Bushel Boy operations also support the environment by reducing single-use plastic packaging, and minimizing waste through composting leaves and other organic matter and donating imperfect produce to local food shelves twice a week.
Learn more at: https://www.bushelboy.com/