McCaffrey’s Markets and BrightFarms announced an agreement to build a greenhouse farm at one of McCaffrey’s grocery stores, according to an Oct. 12 press release.
BrightFarms will finance, build and operate the greenhouse, which will grow the ultra local fresh produce. McCaffrey’s will purchase the produce from the greenhouse — items such as lettuces, tomatoes and herbs — in accordance with a long-term produce purchase agreement.
By growing the produce directly at McCaffrey’s stores and eliminating cross-continent shipping and distribution, both BrightFarms and McCaffrey’s will offer customers fresh and environmentally sustainable produce.
“McCaffrey’s has built its grocery business by knowing [its] customers better than anyone else,” Paul Lightfoot, chief executive officer of BrightFarms, said in the press release. “Demand is strongly increasing for locally grown, healthy and sustainable produce, and we are delighted to help McCaffrey’s meet the demand.”
“We are really excited to be working with BrightFarms,” said Jim McCaffrey, owner and CEO of Langhorne, PA-based McCaffrey’s Markets.