CAN (ON): It’s tomato time at Southview Greenhouse Growers

In a world where food prices are skyrocketing, tomatoes have pretty much-maintained price composure. It’s about to get easier for customers this week when Southview Greenhouse Growers, in the southwest end of the city of Sudbury, opens its doors to customers offering a variety of tomato plants ready to take home to mature and grow.

Every year, the greenhouse offers customers about 15 varieties of tomatoes and about five different varieties of cherry tomato. Charlie Reid, owner of Southview, has been working with his father, Joseph Reid, to prepare the tomato plants for customers.

For the last two years, Charlie and his father have been perfecting their growing process using a growth chamber that speeds up the germination. “Sometimes the greenhouse can get extra hot and cook the growth. The chamber sprouts the seeds faster in a climate-controlled environment under light,” Charlie Reid said.  

The chamber testing phase is in its second year and Joseph agrees it is a game-changer, especially with being able to maintain an ideal temperature of 24 degrees for the very young tomato crop. The tomato plants start out in plug trays in the chamber. These trays have 392 plugs. From there, the plants grow and are transplanted into bigger containers in one of the many greenhouses. “It’s shaping up to be a good looking crop in the greenhouse,” Joseph said.  


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