- Associated Press - Sunday, September 24, 2017

MADISON, Maine (AP) - New England’s largest commercial grower of year-round tomatoes has resumed production following facility upgrades.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2wq8tpe ) Backyard Farms is returning to production after halting operations in August. Tomatoes will be shipped out to retailers by the end of September.

The Canada-based company Mastronardi purchased Backyard Farms in June. Mastronardi had originally planned to keep greenhouse operations at the company running over the summer. A Mastronardi spokeswoman says the upgrades are a confidential matter.

Backyard Farms has stopped production before. The produce company temporarily shuttered operations twice in 2013 during a whitefly infestation.

Backyard Farms produces around 25 million pounds of tomatoes annually on its 42-acre farm in Madison. It employs about 200 people.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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