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Chesapeake Greenhouse

By Kate Medley, May 13, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
Chesapeake Greenhouse – Sudlersville, Maryland John Maniscalco grows a delectable array of lettuces in a controlled greenhouse environment in Sudlersville, Maryland, using the most recent technologies in soil health and hydroponic growing.  This system allows John to provide lettuces year-round to Whole Foods Market, get high density production, use energy more efficiently and lower water consumption.
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LANI says ...
WELLLL, ARE THESE HYDROPONIC PRODUCTS ORGANIC??? THIS IS SOOOO IMPORTANT WHEN I SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS. WHY WOULD I JUST BUY "FRESH" ?? WHEN I NEED ORGANIC!!! "FRESH" LOOKS GOOD BUT WHAT DOES MY BODY SAY WHEN IT TRYS TO DETOXIFY THE PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, ETC??? AND WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING INTO THE GROUND WATER IN YOUR AREA ... ???? THANKS FOR YOUR ANSWER.
05/13/2010 1:31:40 PM CDT
Margo says ...
Local farms are the best! I'm glad that they are getting support so they can keep giving us such fresh and healthy offerings.
05/13/2010 3:43:11 PM CDT
Phyllis Meeks says ...
Very interesting to see how your grown the lettuce that that Whole Foods (i believe) are purchasing it.
05/13/2010 6:36:35 PM CDT
Bill says ...
Hi Lani If you did some research , you would find that hydroponic growing lettuce in a NFT system does NOT use any herbicides , ect. Even "organic" growers can use pesticides that are approved by OMRI so if you are worried about that you may want to investigate what is an "approved" pesticide. That said , I believe that the grower that you are asking this question about Does Not use pesticides. I believe that have what is called an insect exclusion zone that is an area that has a barrier between the intake of the greenhouse and outside with trip netting on the very outside. That is SOP with the type of greenhouse that they are running. I hope this helps you some with your questions . Good luck and do your research.
06/01/2010 8:33:20 PM CDT
Karen Alton says ...
I just started purchased this hydroponic bib lettuce at Harbor East WF downtown Baltimore. It does last about a week in the refrig. However, it's so fresh tasting I tend to eat it the same day. I get so excited to come home to a fresh tasting salad. John's product has great food energy, you'll be vibrating. I look forward to seeing this product in stock more often. Karen
06/03/2010 11:24:25 AM CDT
Marilyn says ...
The link below is a great article by an author named Charlotte Bradley discussing Hydroponic vs Organic. The real question that begs to be asked is "do you know your farmer and was your produce grown in the US or by some foreign grower with little or no sanitary facilities". The term Organic has so many different levels from "contains Organic Products" all the way up to Certified Organic under the NOP guide lines. The true definition of organic can be very illusive to most people. John's lettuce is beautiful, clean and still full of nutrients when it reaches the end consumer! http://www.modernsage.com/Expert/ArticleDetails.aspx?Article_Id=464
06/03/2010 3:25:00 PM CDT