Minnesotas Bushel BoyBushel Boy Farms has broken ground on a nearly 17-acre greenhouse with a 50,000 square foot packing house along I-35 in Mason City, Iowa. The company has acquired 50 acres for the initial $35 million project that is expected to be operational by fall of 2020. The 50 new employees will grow beefsteak, vine-on and grape tomatoes that will be shipped to customers across the Upper Midwest, including the Hy-Vee perishable distribution center in Iowa.
Bushel Boy tomatoes are grown from seeds with each plant producing fresh tomatoes for about 27 weeks in a row. The fruit is grown in special greenhouses, pollinated by bees, then ripened and shipped on the vine to stores within about 24 hours of being picked. Bushel Boy’s tomatoes possess a similar fresh garden flavor and red, ripe color to homegrown tomatoes but are available on local shelves year-round.