GUELPH — GoodLeaf Farms’ entire product line of healthy, Ontario-grown leafy greens has been approved for the Ontario-Made designation.
The nutrient-dense microgreens and baby greens are harvested daily at GoodLeaf Farms’ innovative indoor vertical farm in Guelph, Ont., using sustainable practices and the latest technology. Because the farm is indoors, using specialized LED lighting to mimic the rays of the spring sun to optimize photosynthesis, the fully automated farm gives Ontario residents the chance to enjoy fresh local food year-round.
“We’re proud to grow and package our fresh microgreens and baby greens right here in Ontario,” says Jacquie Needham, Accounts manager with GoodLeaf Farms. “Ontario is a leader in agricultural innovation, and our farm leans heavily on innovation to offer what is often the only Ontario option in a mostly imported produce aisle, particularly during the winter.”
The Ontario-Madeprogram, created by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), is supported by the government of Ontario and aims to promote and support locally made products in the midst of the province’s economic recovery. A label has also been developed to help consumers easily identify, access and purchase products that are made in Ontario.
The GoodLeaf Farms produce designated as Ontario Made are its Asian Micro Blend, Spicy Mustard Medley, Pea Shoots, Micro Arugula, Baby Arugula and Baby Kale.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the importance of local food,” says Needham. “Ontarians are looking for more local food options. It’s fresher, tastes better and is packed with nutrients. The Ontario-Made designation will help them identify those choices in the grocery store.”