GoodLeaf Greens Now Available at Longo’s and Whole Foods
Ontario-grown microgreens and baby greens now available year-round
GUELPH, Ont. — More Ontario consumers can now enjoy fresh, locally grown leafy greens year round.
GoodLeaf Farms is pleased to announce that its leafy greens are now available at Longo’s and Whole Foods Market stores across Ontario, adding to stores owned by Loblaw Companies — including Fortinos and Zehrs — where they have been available since 2019.
“It’s exciting for us to make more Ontario-grown food available to Ontario consumers through Loblaw Companies, Longo’s and Whole Foods Market stores,” says Jacquie Needham, Account Manager for GoodLeaf Farms. “Local food is fresher, packed with nutrients and tastes better.”
Grown at its indoor vertical farm in Guelph, Ont., microgreens and baby greens from GoodLeaf provide a local alternative in a produce aisle that is typically dominated by imported food, particularly during the colder winter months.
Microgreens are young plants harvested in the primary stage of plant growth just after the first set of true leaves have appeared. GoodLeaf’s Spicy Mustard Medley, Asian Blend, Micro Arugula and Pea Shoots are typically harvested within two weeks of planting. At this young age, the greens are packed with up to 40 times the nutrients of their mature counterparts.
Baby greens are allowed to grow a little bit longer than microgreens, but are still harvested before they are fully mature. GoodLeaf’s Ontario Baby Kale and Arugula are harvested after 18 to 20 days.
Microgreens and baby greens will elevate any dish. They are ideal in salads, as a topping for burgers or sandwiches or to add a punch of nutrients to a smoothie. Explore various ways to use microgreens and baby greens at goodleaffarms.com/recipes.
At Longo’s, consumers are able to find GoodLeaf Farms’ four microgreen varieties. The microgreens and two baby green varieties are available at Whole Foods Market.
Currently, the clamshells are made at Shepherd Thermoforming (SQF facility) in Brampton. The material they use is a Pentafood Rigid APET FD (FDA approved for direct food contact); it does not contain any ozone depleting substance (re: 1990 clean air act), nor does it contain BPA material. These clamshells are completely recyclable and are excellent from a shelf-life perspective. GoodLeaf is not currently employing any modified-atmosphere (gas-flush) techniques.
About GoodLeaf Farms:
With a passion for delicious, nutrient-rich greens, GoodLeaf was founded in Halifax in 2011. Using innovative technology and leveraging multi-level vertical farming, GoodLeaf has created a controlled and efficient indoor farm that can grow fresh produce anywhere in the world, 365 day of the year. The system combines innovations in LED lighting with leading edge hydroponic techniques to produce sustainable, safe, pesticide-free, nutrient-dense leafy greens. GoodLeaf has ongoing R&D Programs in collaboration with the University of Guelph, Dalhousie University and Acadia University.
Learn more at goodleaffarms.com.