Gotham Greens’ recently opened 140,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse in Windsor, Colorado, is its second in the state and 11th nationwide.
The first of three greenhouses the company is set to open this year, the facility in the Great Western Industrial Park builds on the success of its flagship Denver metro greenhouse, which opened in 2020 at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.
The Windsor greenhouse, which is nearly five times larger than Aurora’s, will provide an additional year-round supply of produce to retail, restaurant and foodservice customers throughout the region.
“Since our founding in 2009, we have been committed to providing amazing fresh food using new solutions for conserving vital natural resources,” said Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO.
“By using hydroponic growing systems in high-tech greenhouses, Gotham Greens’ farms use up to 95 percent less water and 97 percent less land compared to conventional farming and provide a consistent and proven way of growing food closer to where people live, year-round regardless of the season, altitude and climate.”
A Certified B Corporation, Gotham Greens’ goal is to be able to deliver fresh produce within a day’s drive from its greenhouses to 90 percent of consumers across the U.S. The company owns and operates more than 40 acres of hydroponic greenhouses across 13 locations in nine states, with additional expansion planned for 2024.
“We want consumers everywhere to put more greens at the center of the table, and we remain committed to bringing the best-tasting, most flavorful fresh foods in the category,” Puri said.
“From our locally grown salad greens and herbs to our delicious line of dressings, dips and cooking sauces, we hope consumers can sense our commitment to taste, quality and sustainability in every bite.”
As part of Gotham Greens’ sustainability commitment, produce grown at the new facility will be packaged with a resealable lidded film, which reduces plastic packaging by more than 40 percent.
Gotham Greens products are available in more than 6,500 retail stores nationally, including more than 250 stores throughout Colorado, such as Whole Foods Market, King Soopers, Sprouts Farmers Market, Leever’s Locavore, Lucky’s Market, Ideal Market, Choice Market and Tony’s Market.
“As a native Coloradan, this new greenhouse represents a significant milestone in our company’s national expansion and for the agricultural future of the state,” said Eric Haley, co-founder and CFO of Gotham Greens.
“Natural resource conservation is essential to ensure that the Colorado I call home remains both beautiful and fertile for generations to come. Using proven indoor farming technology, we’re able to transform land that otherwise would be unusable for agricultural purposes into a high-tech, state-of-the-art greenhouse that produces approximately 30 times more leafy greens per acre of land than conventional open-field farming.”