Tomato lovers, listen up: You do not have to wait until early summer to buy locally grown tomatoes, a Lower Makefield farmer said. Farmer Paul Fleming plans to harvest the first crop of cherry tomatoes grown in a greenhouse at Shady Brook Farm this week.Plus, regular tomatoes growing in the 10,000-square-foot greenhouse will be ready for the picking next week, Fleming said Monday.
How is that possible? Shady Brook is using a hydroponic greenhouse to extend what is usually a one-month to two-month tomato-selling season to one that is about six months long, the farmer said. The hydroponic greenhouse growing system uses a liquid nutrient solution to feed and grow plants instead of traditional soil, Fleming said.