Greenhouse Vegetable Videos
In Ontario, more than 170 farmers grow delicious fresh, nutritious, flavourful tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for all to enjoy. Watch how greenhouse vegetables are grown and harvested.
Greenhouse Vegetable Farm
Fly over our greenhouses, cruise down rows of tomato plants, and watch how Ontario’s fresh flavourful greenhouse produce makes it from our farms to your plate!
From Farm to Table
The majority of Ontario greenhouses are family-owned and have been in existence for several generations. Our growers are real farm families – they are committed to, and passionate about, the quality of their produce.
Proud Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
The Ontario Greenhouse industry is dedicated to growing & delivering the most flavourful tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers across North America.
More than a Migrant Worker
Meet some of the seasonal agricultural workers that help grow, pack and ship Ontario’s world-class flavourful produce across North America. Learn more about these workers at www.morethanamigrantworker.ca
- Over 70 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse vegetables are grown in Ontario. Tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers cover almost 3,800 acres – or about 9500 Canadian hockey rinks.
- Greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers contributed more than 1.9 billion to Ontario GPD in 2021 with Ontario greenhouse vegetables having a farmgate value of over $1.3 billion.
- Ontario vegetable greenhouses directly employed over 10,000 people in 2021, providing an additional 27,000+ spin-off jobs throughout the community.
- There is more than 504 million KG of fresh greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers grown in Ontario.
- Most greenhouse vegetable farmers are less than a one day’s drive from a majority of the markets they serve.
- For many greenhouses, a fertilizer solution called nutrient feedwater is used to help grow their produce. It is recirculated throughout the facilities which minimizes the inputs into local surface water, groundwater and soil.
- Bumblebees are used to naturally pollinate produce. This improves the quality and quantity of the produce grown and help reduce the need for chemical and pesticides.
- In order to ensure an optimal temperature is maintained, many greenhouses use a special boiler system to heat their operations. As Carbon Dioxide is expelled, it can be captured and filtered, and can then be used as a natural fertilizer to feed their growing plants.
- Ontario greenhouse growers can yield up to 20 times more produce per square meter than outdoor agriculture. The controlled environment, hydroponic growing technology and other innovations like LED lights allow farmers to grow a uniform crop year-round while reducing waste, maximizing yield and quality.