About Our Competition

Since 2007, R.E.A.CH. International has hosted an annual competition which celebrate Essex County as being the largest greenhouse industry in North America. In the beginning this effective chairty started with "The Hottest Tomato" competition and added "The Perfect Pepper" and "The Coolest Cucumber" Competitions in 2010. The competitions give Greenhouse Industry growers and marketers a way to differentiate themselves in a very competitive industry while giving their suppliers a venue to support and advertise to potential customers.

These unique competitions happen in two stages. First, on Friday evening, expert judges from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Heinz, grocery store produce managers, chefs and many others judged the entries with a pre-determined list of criteria. Second, throughout Friday and Saturday, the public voted for their favourite Tomato, Pepper and Cucumber for the "People's Choice" awards.

The Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday evening, awards beautiful crystal trophies and bragging rights to all the best producers in North America. The net proceeds from this event will be used for R.E.A.CH.'s main project in Uganda, Africa.

REACH International

All funds raised from the Greenhouse Competitions go to R.E.A.CH. International.  This local charity has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build schools & clinics, drill water wells, and sponsor and care for impoverished children in Uganda, Africa.

Their unique program guarantees that 100% of child-sponsorship dollars goes to help the children. Fundraisers, such as this one raise money for operating expenses and since we’re all volunteers, our expenses are very low. Whatever we raise beyond those expenses also goes to our projects.