On the Mighty Vine

danny mightyvine 3rdarm tomato plants chicago hydroponic glass house winter grown year round 3rdarm xoco

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.

danny mightyvine 3rdarm tomato plants chicago hydroponic glass house winter grown year round 3rdarm xoco

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!

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