Veggies that are hot, cool... and perfect

September 06, 2012
Written by REACH International
Sept. 6, 2012, Leamington, Ont. — R.E.A.CH. International hosted its sixth annual greenhouse “Hottest Tomato," "Perfect Pepper" and "Coolest Cucumber" competitions during the Leamington Fair.

Greenhouse Industry growers, marketers and suppliers participated in the annual competitions which celebrate Essex County as being the largest greenhouse industry in North America.

The net proceeds from this event will be used for the association’s main project in Uganda.


• Best overall pepper — Nature Fresh Farms (“Fascinato” red bell pepper).

• People’s Choice — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET® (Sweet Bell “Chocolate” pepper).

• Best green bell pepper — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET.

• Best red bell pepper    — Nature Fresh Farms (“Fascinato”).

• Best yellow bell pepper — Howard Huy Greenhouses (“Crosby”).

• Best orange bell pepper    — Nature Fresh Farms (Orange Bell #7054).

• Best specialty sweet pepper — Pure Hothouse Foods (“Aurora”).

• Best specialty hot pepper — Nature Fresh Farms (“Hot Yellow Pencil”).


• Best Overall Cucumber — Mucci International/Mucci Pac (Long English cucumber).

• People’s Choice — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET (English cucumber).

• Best English seedless cucumber — Mucci International/Mucci Pac.

• Best mini seedless cucumber    — Mucci International/Mucci Pac.


• Best overall tomato — Jem D Farms (Cherry on the vine” bite-sized variety).

• People’s Choice — Mucci International/Mucci Pac (“Sun Drops” bite-sized variety).

• Best beefsteak tomato — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET (“Slicer” Beef).

• Best roma tomato —     Westmoreland/Topline Produce.

• Best Cluster/T.O.V. tomato — Nature Fresh Farms.

• Best cocktail tomato — Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET (“Campari”).

• Best bite-size tomato — Jem D Farms (“Cherry on the vine”).

• Best specialty tomato — Nature Fresh Farms (“Passion”).

Once again, people were able to purchase the produce at a greenhouse farmers market. The produce was donated by the contestants, with proceeds going to the Leamington Salvation Army Foodbank.

R.E.A.CH. is a small charity run entirely by local volunteers. This small but mighty group has raised several thousands of dollars to build schools and clinics, drill water wells, and sponsor and care for impoverished children in Uganda.

Their unique program guarantees that 100 per cent of child-sponsorship dollars goes to help Ugandan children. Separate projects, such as this one, raise money for operating expenses. Since it involves only volunteers, expenses are very low.

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