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$185,000 in Federal, State Grants Doled Out to Grow ‘Kosher Lettuce’ in New Mexico

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[Ed. note – Matthew Stong has supposedly carved out a “niche market” for himself by growing kosher lettuce in greenhouses located in the desert of New Mexico. One of his biggest customers is Whole Foods. According to a report here, a single head of kosher-certified romaine lettuce can sell for seven times the amount of regular lettuce. The Albuquerque Journal recently published an article on Stong, who launched his business, “Preferred Produce,” after receiving a $50,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture and $135,000 in economic development funds doled out by the State of New Mexico. Your tax dollars at work, I guess. ]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Until now, the only country that produced commercially grown kosher Romaine lettuce was Israel, but not any more, thanks to a $20 million contract Preferred Produce south of Deming won in 2014.

The organic greenhouse operation, located about seven miles north of Columbus, has been growing fresh, fast-to-market organic produce since 2011 that it distributes to all New Mexico-based Whole Food Stores and through La Montanita Co-op.

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2 thoughts on “$185,000 in Federal, State Grants Doled Out to Grow ‘Kosher Lettuce’ in New Mexico

  1. I’m trying to figure out what “debt equity” funds are…there are ‘debt’ funds and ‘equity’ funds but never found both in one fund…noting that that lettuce growing venture also received “$1.25 million debt-equity investment from the New Mexico Mezzanine partners”…which seems to be aligned with venture fund investors in Arizona..not NM…trying to untangle this bizarro ‘business’ arrangement is nigh on to impossible.

  2. I figured it was private investment. It was the tax money I was mainly concerned about.

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