Red Sun Farms’ commitment to the Ohio community continues as it has become a member of the state Department of Agriculture’s Ohio Proud program. Ohio Proud is a marketing association developed to promote Ohio made and grown goods throughout the state.
Red Sun Farms broke ground on its newest greenhouse and distribution center back in June and construction is on schedule in Wapakoneta. They expect to start the hiring process this fall and plant their first crop in early 2017.
“We are thrilled to be the latest organization joining the Ohio Proud family. More and more our retail and food service partners are stressing the importance of locally grown produce. At each of our locations, we take great pride in immersing ourselves in the local community to provide the best local produce. Joining Ohio Proud was a natural step in integrating Red Sun Farms into the Ohio community and spirit,” says Harold Paivarinta, Director of Sales and Business Development for Red Sun Farms.
Red Sun Farms owns greenhouses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Quality is maintained throughout seed selection, propagation, growing, harvesting, packaging, and the transportation to their partner’s stores, according to the company. The operation produces tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, mini eggplant, and seedless cucumbers.
Lori Panda of Ohio Proud is excited to have Red Sun Farms building a facility right in the center of the state.
“Ohio Proud is excited to welcome one of our newest partners, Red Sun Farms, to the program. Our mission is to promote food and agricultural product that is at least 50% grown, raised or processed in Ohio. Red Sun Farm’s newest greenhouse is an Ohio-based farm operation that will provide retailers in the Buckeye state fresh produce year-round. Their operation will be a great asset to the agriculture industry, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing Red Sun Farms product in grocery stores with the Ohio Proud logo.”