2012 Winners

On June 15-17, 2012 at the Leamington Fair, R.E.A.CH. International hosted its 6th annual Greenhouse competitions including “The Hottest Tomato” , “The Perfect Pepper” and “The Coolest Cucumber” Competitions.

Greenhouse Industry growers, marketers and suppliers participated in the annual competitions which celebrate Essex County as being the largest greenhouse industry in North America.

2012 greenhouse competition winners

Perfect Pepper Competition:
Best Overall Pepper: Nature Fresh Farms- “Fascinato” Red Bell Pepper – Entry # 35
People's Choice: Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET® - Sweet Bell “Chocolate” Pepper – Entry # 16
Best Green Bell Pepper: Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET® – Entry # 21
Best Red Bell Pepper: Nature Fresh Farms- “Fascinato” – Entry # 35
Best Yellow Bell Pepper: Howard Huy Greenhouses – “Crosby”– Entry # 98
Best Orange Bell Pepper: Nature Fresh Farms – Orange Bell #7054 – Entry # 45
Best Specialty Sweet Pepper: Pure Hothouse Foods – “Aurora” – Entry # 3
Best Specialty Hot Pepper: Nature Fresh Farms – Hot Yellow Pencil – Entry # 95

Coolest Cucumber Competition:
Best Overall Cucumber: Mucci International / Mucci Pac – Long English Cucumber – Entry # 93
People's Choice: Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET® - English Cucumber – Entry # 37
Best English Seedless Cucumber: Mucci International / Mucci Pac –Entry # 93
Best Mini Seedless Cucumber: Mucci International / Mucci Pac –Entry # 82

Hottest Tomato Competition:
Best Overall Tomato: Jem D Farms - “Cherry on the Vine” Bite Sized Tomato – Entry # 12
People's Choice: Mucci International / Mucci Pac - “Sun Drops” Bite Sized Tomato – Entry # 17
Best Beefsteak Tomato: Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET® – “Slicer” Beef - Entry # 46
Best Roma Tomato: Westmoreland / Topline Produce – Entry # 14
Best Cluster / T.O.V. Tomato: Nature Fresh Farms – Entry # 7
Best Cocktail Tomato: Mastronardi Produce /SUNSET® - “Campari” – Entry # 75
Best Bite-Size Tomato: Jem D Farms - “Cherry on the Vine”– Entry # 12
Best Specialty Tomato: Nature Fresh Farms - “Passion”– Entry # 34

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.