Premium Greenhouse-Grown Lettuce & Herbs
We Grow & Package EVERYTHING From Our State-Of-The-Art Hydroponic Greenhouse Located In Burton, Ohio. We Are 100% Chemical Pesticide & Herbicide FREE & Offer The Best Shelf-Life In The Industry!
Greenhouse Grown Lettuce & Herbs
We Provide A Full-Line Of Fresh Cut & Living Lettuces Available At Grocery Stores Across The Midwest Under Our Brand Name As Well As Private Label
Experience The Great Lakes Growers Difference
Great Lakes Growers is the Midwest’s premier hydroponic grower of fresh, delicious, clean and nutrition-packed lettuces and herbs. We grow everything in our state-of-the art greenhouse using water, not soil. Why? Simply put, we believe the quality of hydroponically grown produce is superior.
With no chemical herbicides or pesticides used in our processes, it’s better for both your body and the environment. Because our plants get the optimal amount of water and nutrients, they grow with more consistency and better quality while preserving resources — in a shorter amount of time. And because we grow in a climate-controlled facility, everything is in season all year long. Finally, because our produce comes from Ohio instead of being shipped from the Southwest U.S. or Mexico, it’s unbelievably fresh and tasty when it gets to your fork.
John Bonner – CEO & Co-Founder
John’s roots as a grower run deep. He grew up on the family farm in Burton, Ohio among 30 acres of corn, soybeans and greenhouses. His grandfather started Burton Floral and Garden, the Midwest’s largest horticultural supply distributor. John’s father worked there, eventually forming Dillen Products and growing it into a top supplier of plastic containers for the plant industry.
Growing up around these companies, John learned the ins and outs of the industry. Bolstering that knowledge with a B.A. in Business Administration, he successfully ran the family greenhouse operation for six years. In 2008, Greenhouse Grower magazine called him “one to watch” for his progressive approach to production and sustainable energy. Crain’s Cleveland Business followed suit, including John and his sister in their 2009 “40 Under 40” class.
In 2011, John left the family greenhouse to start a new kind of hydroponic growing operation. With wheelbarrow loads of hard work and innovative thinking, the Great Lakes Growers company we know and love today was born.
Why Choose Great Lakes Growers
Greenhouse Grown In The Midwest
The vast majority of lettuce consumed in the United States is grown (and shipped) from the Southwest U.S. or Mexico. We grow 100% of our produce in our Ohio greenhouse and because it is shipped the SAME DAY it’s harvested, our customers get the freshest lettuces and herbs available
in the market.
No Chemical Herbicides Or Pesticides
Our hydroponic crops use no chemical herbicides or pesticides, which is good news for both the environment and our bodies. Chemical herbicides are not needed because weeds and their seeds do not compete for our greenhouse space. As a part of our integrated pest management approach, we only use biological beneficials that are certified “for organic use” by the USDA.
Industry Leading Food Safety Rating
Great Lakes Growers is 3rd-Party audited annually by PRIMUS Global Food Safety. We’ve maintained a 99% or better food safety score in all facets of production within our greenhouse facility, packing house as well as our employee operating procedures. We take food safety risks like salmonella, E.coli and listeria VERY seriously, so we have implemented systems and redundancies to dramatically reduce the risk to consumers.
There’s absolutely no dirt or soil used in our growing process, which ensures you get the cleanest produce possible. All of our lettuces go through a rigorous 4-step quality control process before it is packaged and our employees follow strict harvesting and packing protocols. Because we do not use chemical pesiticides or herbcides, rinsing the lettuce before consumption is optional.
We can grow nearly 20 times the amount of produce in the same “space” as traditional field farming, which means our impact on land is substantially reduced. In addition, we recycle 100% of our hydroponic irrigation water, which eliminates runoff to the surrounding tributaries, which results in 90+% less water usage that traditional farming. Our LED lights result in a 30% reduction in energy usage as compared to other growing operations. Finally, because we operate in a state of the art glass greenhouse, our enivronmental control software systems minimize the use of supplemental energy by maximizing the sun’s energy output further reducing our carbon footprint.
Reliable & Consistent Fulfillment
Because we grow in a fully-enclosed greenhouse, we are not beholden to unexpected changes in weather that would alter crop production. We are never subjected to the same massive produce recalls as other growers because of our extensive food guidelines, state-of-the-art water treatment and employee harvesting and packing protocols. In addition, we deliver with our own fleet of trucks and drivers to 300-mile delivery radius, which ensures we are able to consistently deliver on-time, every time.
Thank you for visiting our site. Looking for additional information about our company? Please contact us using the below information.
Great Lakes Growers, LLC
15145 Kinsman Road
PO Box 914
Burton, Ohio 44021
John Bonner: Owner
Phone: (440) 834-0032