Grocers and restaurants in and around metro Detroit will soon have a new go-to place for their fresh greens.
Business executive Joe Corace, who previously helped turn Farmington Hills-based sunroof maker Inalfa Hollandia Inc. into a multimillion-dollar company, has launched Lakeland Fresh Farms — a local producer of hydroponically grown greens.
The greens, which will be grown in an 80,000-square-foot indoor farm in Chesterfield Township, will be sold directly to grocers and restaurants throughout the area.
“We’ve been seeing a trend coming on year-round growing and local growing for retailers, and the food-safety issues related to green, leafy vegetables, especially lettuce. We started to study to see if there’s a marker for that kind of opportunity,” Corace said. “We found that retailers and restaurateurs are clamoring for local products, especially in the winter when they’re brought in from California and they’re three weeks old when they get them.”
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