A business that wants to build two hydroponic greenhouses in New Hampshire’s North Country to get tomatoes and salad greens more quickly to New England supermarkets has received $25 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

North Country Growers plans to start building its two 10-acre greenhouses in Berlin soon, and planting next July, with its first harvest next October. The company expects to produce 8 million pounds of tomatoes and 15 million heads of lettuce annually in a year-round operation.

“Northern New Hampshire has very few really hot nights, which makes it perfect for us,” said North Country Growers CEO Richard Rosen, who grew up in the greenhouse business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says hydroponics, or growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil, is a growing area of commercial food production. The largest in New England, Backyard Farms in Madison, Maine, produces upward of 30 million tomatoes each year for supermarkets regionally. There’s a new one in Loudon that can produce up to 3,000 pounds of salad greens a day.

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Originally posted by Associated Press for concordmonitor.com