Gary Lazarski loves tomatoes. So he opened MightyVine, a seven and a half-acre greenhouse in Rochelle, Illinois, that’s providing local tomatoes year-round.
“My grandmother was Polish, old world,” remembers Lazarski. “She grew her own tomatoes in the summer. Wonderful. Everybody probably has that iconic summertime tomato memory. Though most of my adult life, working in the city, tomato was on every salad, every sandwich you order, and they’re inevitably these pale imitations of what you want tomatoes to be. And it’s not just me; it’s everybody. They say, ‘Yeah, these tomatoes suck,’ and they just peel them off their sandwich or salad and throw it out. Very wasteful. And it seemed crazy to me that you could be in a food city like Chicago and not have a delicious tomato.” Read the rest of this entry »