Danny, one of the partners, took Chef Wil and I on a tour of the MightyVine facility, a huge glass house filled with the seductive aroma of tomatoes. Each tomato plant is grown from a specific hybridized strain, bred for the perfect attributes. They grow to be 40 feet long, bearing fruit at a regular interval so that the tomatoes can be picked at eye level.
Pests are controlled by cultivating beneficial insect populations within the glass house. A computer system controls the system of hydroponic feeding. Bees are released and then contained at rhythm, for the pollination. Danny’s college background was actually in mental health: I let him know that having locally grown summer ripe tomatoes available year round has been a huge boost to my happiness!