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Using landfills to help grow tomatoes? Brilliant!

by Colin Lyons, produce buyer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Local. Sustainable. Organic. As a produce buyer in Minnesota, these three adjectives are most often used to describe tomatoes grown only in the middle of August when it is 95 degrees and sunny. So why, in the dead of winter, am I talking about sustainable, organic and local tomatoes?

Just a few miles across the border in Lake Mills, Iowa, sits the Perfect Circle greenhouse. Since March 2008, Perfect Circle has been growing organic greenhouse tomatoes and distributing them to local retail outlets.

Bushel Boy Tomatoes

By Merrilyn Tauscher, FoodE Manager
Monday, June 6, 2011

One of the simple pleasures I enjoyed as a kid was heading out to the garden and gently pulling and twisting off a perfectly ripe tomato, warm from the sunshine. My dad would eat his with a sprinkle of sugar, and the rest of my family debated whether they were best with a dusting of salt or just au natural.

Tomatoes seemed so simple to grow back then. It wasn’t until our FoodE Experts took a trip to Bushel Boy Tomatoes in Owatonna, MN that I learned the science and the care required to keep our stores supplied with “probably the best tomato in Minnesota.”

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