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Winners declared at greenhouse competitions


June 16, 2019
By Greenhouse Canada
(L to R) Back row: Jeff Hammond (Pure Flavor), Benny Teichroeh (NatureFresh Farms), Steve Stasko (Orangeline Farms), Matt Quiring (NatureFresh Farms), Front Row: Fernanda Albuquerque (Mucci Farms), Milla Mastronardi (Sunset Produce)

Greenhouse growers and marketers put their best produce forward at the 12th annual Greenhouse Competitions in Leamington, Ont.

Hosted by non-profit organization R.E.A.CH. International, the competitions were held from June 14 to 16, 2019 at the Leamington Fair. Funds raised from the competition will be used to sponsor more than 50 children in Uganda, Africa, to provide food, school supplies, medicine and other supplies needed for education and to break the cycle of poverty.

The competitions also celebrate Essex County as home to the largest greenhouse sector in North America.

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Presented in part by NatureFresh Farms, Red Sun Farms, QU Truck Bodies and UCB Canada, the competitions were broken down into four different categories: The Hottest Tomato, The Perfect Pepper, The Coolest Cucumber and The Sweetest Strawberry. The judging panel included experts from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), produce managers from local grocers, chefs from the Culinary Guild of Windsor, among others.

Members of the public also had their say, voting for their favourite tomato, pepper, cucumber and strawberry in the People’s Choice awards. “Our Kids’ Choice voters were especially excited about the Strawberry category!” notes Art Barron, president of R.E.A.C.H. International.

There were several big winners, and NatureFresh was one of them, winning best overall tomato and cucumber. “We have an amazing team who works very hard to ensure our produce has top-notch flavor paired with consistency. Winning the highest overall honors across the board is a great testament to what our team can accomplish; it is more than just about showcasing the best that we grow, it is about our commitment to continuing to push our categories in the right direction,” says NatureFresh’s executive retail sales account manager, Matt Quiring.

Here were the winners of the 2019 competitions:

Hottest Tomato Competition

Category

Place

Producer/Product

Beefsteak

1st

NatureFresh Beefsteak

2nd

Pure Flavor Beefsteak

3rd

Sunset Slicer Beef

Cluster

1st

NatureFresh Ontario Red 1

2nd

Red Sun Farms Petites

3rd

NatureFresh Ontario Red 2

Roma

1st

Pure Flavor Roma

2nd

NatureFresh Roma

3rd

Sunset Roma

Cocktail

1st

Sunset Cocktail 1

2nd

Sunset Kumato

3rd

Sunset Cocktail 2

Specialty

1st

NatureFresh Tomz Orange Cherry

2nd

Sunset Flavour Bombs

3rd

Sunset Sugar Bombs

Bite Size

1st

Mucci Farms Cherto

2nd

Lakeside Produce sweetella

3rd

Red Sun Sweet Pops

Overall Best: NatureFresh Tomz Orange Cherry
People’s Choice: NatureFresh Tomberry
Kid’s Choice: NatureFresh Tomberry


Coolest Cucumber Competition

Category

Place

Producer/Product

English

1st

NatureFresh English Cucumber

2nd

Pure Flavor English

3rd

Sunset English

Mini

1st

Amco Mini

2nd

NatureFresh Mini Seedless

3rd

Red Sun Mini Seedless

Cocktail

1st

Sunset Cocktail Cukes

2nd

Mucci Farms Cutecumbers

3rd

Topline Cocktail

Overall Best: NatureFresh English Cucumber
People’s Choice: Sunset Cloud Cukes
Kid’s Choice: Sunset Cloud Cukes


Perfect Pepper Competition

Category

Place

Producer/Product

Red Bell Pepper

1st

Pure Flavor Red Bell

2nd

Del Fresco

3rd

Sunset Red Bell

Yellow Bell Pepper

1st

Del Fresco

2nd

Pure Flavor Yellow Bell

3rd

NatureFresh Yellow Bell

Orange Bell Pepper

1st

Sunset Orange Bell

2nd

NatureFresh  Orange Bell

3rd

Orangeline Orange Bell

Specialty Mini Pepper

1st (tied)

Mucci Farms Sweet to the Point

1st (tied)

NatureFresh Red Snack

2nd

NatureFresh Orange Snack

Specialty Bell Pepper

1st

Sunset Aloha Pepper

2nd

Amco Produce

3rd

Orangeline Chocolate Bell

Specialty Long Pepper

1st

Sunset Red Sweet Twister

2nd

NatureFresh Yellow Long

3rd

Mucci Farms Rustico

Specialty Hot Pepper

1st

Orangeline Spicy Chef Sampler

2nd

Sunset Kaboom

3rd

Pure Flavor Stingrays

     
Overall Best (tied): Mucci Farms Sweet to the Point;
NatureFresh Red Snack
People’s Choice: Orangeline Brown Shepherd
Kid’s Choice: Sunset Aloha Pepper


Sweetest Strawberry Competition

Overall Best:
1st place: Sunset Dreamberry
2nd place: Orangeline Datenight
3rd place: Sunset Pearberry

People’s Choice: DelFresco Yes Berries
Kid’s Choice: Mucci Smuccies