We’re always looking for new systems and tools to make our work more efficient and effective. One of our next projects is upgrading our post-harvest production process, or how we wash, dry, cool, and package our veggies.
We’re excited to announce that we received a grant from the Maine Farmland Trust’s Community Food Program to upgrade our post-harvest infrastructure. With these funds, we’ll be able to add a new bubble washer (a hot tub for lettuce, but with cold water!), a drying table, and a walk-in cooler to our set-up. This new equipment will allow us to process and wash lettuce and other greens more efficiently, and ensure the quality of our produce from field to shelf!
We’re going to relocate our wash station to be more centrally located near the greenhouses and will be building a walk-in cooler right next door. This location will also allow us to recycle water from the washing process to irrigate our raspberry bushes and other plants.
We’ll be posting pictures of our new wash station build-out this spring, so stay tuned!