NEW YORK — Whole Foods Market and Gotham Greens are constructing a greenhouse on the roof of the retailer’s new Gowanus store in Brooklyn to supply fresh produce to locations throughout the city.
The completion of the 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, which Whole Foods claims is the nation’s first commercial scale greenhouse farm integrated within a retail grocery space, will enable the retailer to sell premium, pesticide-free produce year-round.
In partnership with Whole Foods, Gotham Greens will design, build and operate the hydroponic greenhouse. Its completion will coincide with the Gowanus store’s opening in fall 2013.
“Gotham Greens has been a valued local supplier of high quality, flavorful and fresh produce to Whole Foods Market since early 2011, making this greenhouse project a natural and extremely exciting next step in our relationship,” Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Northeast Regional president, said in a statement. “We’re particularly excited to partner with a local organization with roots right here in Brooklyn and a mission in line with our own, in that we both care deeply about providing local, fresh and sustainably produced food.”
Gotham Greens currently supplies produce to area retailers like Whole Foods, FreshDirect and D’Agostino’s from a separate rooftop facility in Brooklyn.
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