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Sid Wainer & Son Greenhouse Opens

Thursday, January 15, 2004

With officials from several government agencies present, specialty produce company Sid Wainer & Son celebrated the grand opening of its new greenhouse Dec. 15. Last month it began planting tender crops like artichokes, figs, unusual greens and herbs and heirloom tomatoes in its inner-city greenhouse within sight of the company headquarters in New Bedford, Mass., says company president Henry Wainer, shown with an artichoke plant. Given New England’s subfreezing winter temperatures, it’s in the experimental phase, Wainer says. “It’s a definite commitment to farming.” 

The company supplies more than 18,000 restaurants and food service companies in the U.S. “Now were talking about picking sensitive items and getting them to the chef just minutes or hours away from when they are coming out of the beds,” he says. The greenhouse sits on a 7-acre plot.

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