Hydroponic Advantages

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  • Using only 10% of the water used on field grown crops results in great water savings.
  • Herbicides are completely eliminated.
  • The use of beneficial insects and natural pest control all but eliminate pesticides.
  • Fertilizer use is reduced and stays out of our water table and streams.
  • With greenhouses, marginal lands can be used, leaving healthier, fertile lands for organic production. If one acre of hydroponic greenhouse can produce 150 tons of tomatoes per year, how much land does that free up?
  • With plants being fed what they need when they need it, one ends up with healthier, more nutritious food. Even in organic production, there are certain minerals a plant will be deficient in if the soil does not contain them. Hydroponic nurient formulas are derived to make sure all the micronutrients the plants need are included.
  • A hydroponic greenhouse can be in almost continuous production year-round, year after year. Other than a very devastating natural disaster, production does not stop for drought, too much rain, wind or freezing temperatures.
  • A well-run hydroponic greenhouse can provide a farm family with a more than adequate livelihood, allowing parents to remain home if they so desire and giving their children a chance to work hand-in-hand with their parents while being able to put to use what they leaarn in school. This would seem to be a great way to save the small-scale family farm.

What makes our tomatoes different from grocery store tomatoes? The answer is when they are picked.

Most grocery store tomatoes are picked green, then shipped several hundred miles to a warehouse where they are held for a few days, then shipped again. They are picked green to hold up better during shipping, everyone knows that a tomato get softer the riper they get, a ripe tomato just won’t make the long ride from field to warehouse to your local grocers produce shelf.

Sometimes during that warehouse stay they may be stored in a room and Ethylene gas, a byproduct of fruit ripening, pumped in to promote “ripening” , this ripening is usually only ripening in the terms of color, you get the great red color of the tomato, but the flavor of crunchy water!

Our tomatoes are picked red, ripe and delicious usually the day before or the morning of a market. This allows the natural ripening process to occur and all the flavor and smell of the tomatoes come out, we don’t like crunchy water either!

If you want a green, unripe tomato to fry up in your favorite recipe, no problem, we can and usually do bring some to market. But we will let the grocery stores keep selling that cardboard tomato that is ripe only in color!