Slated to begin full production in Quebec and Eastern Canada early in the new year, GoodLeaf Farms has planted the first test crops at its new facility in the Montreal area.
“We are excited to begin ramping up production in Montreal to serve markets in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces,” says Barry Murchie, President and Chief Executive Officer of GoodLeaf Farms.
Construction on the 96,000 sq. ft. (8920m2) vertical farm is all but complete, yet the farm has planted its first baby greens and microgreens for its testing rounds. These products will be supplied to Montreal retail stores and the food service sector in Quebec and Eastern Canada.
Once fully operational, GoodLeaf’s Montreal farm will produce more than two million pounds of fresh, local leafy greens each year — with an expected 40 annual harvests of microgreens and 20 annual harvests of baby greens. The Montreal farm is GoodLeaf’s third Canadian location after its flagship commercial-scale farm in Guelph, Ont, and a facility in Calgary that began commercial production in autumn 2023.
GoodLeaf’s Montreal operation will create about 70 skilled and hourly job opportunities in the city and will serve as a focal point for partnerships with post-secondary schools in Canada’s east. The design will be expandable, allowing a future expansion to double its size and create more local jobs when needed.
GoodLeaf Farms grows Micro Radish, Micro Arugula, Micro Broccoli, Micro Asian Blend, Pea Shoots, Spicy Mustard Medley, Baby Spinach, Baby Arugula, and Crisp Lettuce, as well as a variety of blends such as Sweet & Spicy Mix, Four Seasons Mix, and Crisp Spring Mix.