Hoping to gain traction in the Midwestern tomato market, Bushel Boy Farms executives broke ground Wednesday on what will be one of Iowa’s largest greenhouses.
The company is shooting to open a $35 million, 16½-acre growing operation in a Mason City industrial park in September 2020. They expect to start shipping vine-on, beefsteak, grape and cherry tomatoes two months later.
Bushel Boy Farms already grows tomatoes in eight greenhouses at its headquarters in Owatonna, Minnesota, producing 20 million pounds a year, company president Steve Irland said. He believes growers will have similar success in Iowa, and they plan to hire 50 full-time harvesters, packers, pest managers and supervisors when the Mason City greenhouse opens.
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