MADISON, Maine — New England’s largest commercial grower of year-round tomatoes has resumed production following facility upgrades.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://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, http://www.pressherald.com