SunFresh Produce and Service Center opens greenhouse

RUTLEDGE – SunFresh Produce and Service Center has officially opened its first greenhouse. 

SunFresh Produce is owned and operated by husband and wife team Steve and Kim Longmire. 

Kim said she and Steve are excited to be able to open the greenhouse this year as it had been delayed during the opening of the business due to COVID-19. 

Wave petunia baskets, ferns, a variety of vegetables, including cabbages, peppers, cucumbers, squash and kohlrabi, which is also known as a German turnip and is similar to broccoli and cauliflower, cantaloupe, watermelon and approximately 30 types of tomatoes, including Celebrity and Empire brands, are available in the greenhouse for purchase, among other produce items. 

Longmire said there are many different varieties of plants, some of which may be difficult to find in standard retail stores.

All plants in SunFresh Produce and Service Center’s greenhouse began as a seed at Tennessee Homegrown Tomatoes and were later brought to the greenhouse to sell. Longmire said the plants are well taken care of throughout the process. 

She said the couple is excited about the new greenhouse and is looking forward to using it throughout the year for a variety of things. 

Longmire reported an increase in plant sales during 2020, due in part to COVID-19. She said the couple hopes people enjoyed gardening during quarantine and would like to continue during 2021. She said she enjoys helping customers learn how to can and preserve foods because it is a skill she has always loved. 

Hanging baskets are priced at $20 per basket. Flats of vegetables are available for $18 and a set of four is priced at $2.

SunFresh Produce and Service Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. at 7405 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge. Anyone who would like more information about the greenhouse or who has questions about gardening needs can call SunFresh Produce and Service Center at (865) 828-5215.