Abby Lee Farms
Last week we went to meet the growers behind Abby Lee Farms and see their greenhouse operation located less than 7 miles from the Phoenix Public Market. Specializing in hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers we were blown away by their 120,000 Sq Ft high-tech growing facility. Using coconut fiber grow bags and strategic watering equipment, they use significantly less water than traditional growing techniques. In order to manage the extreme conditions of Phoenix weather, going from frosts to extreme heat – they go off of a tried and true system. When you’re hot and want to put on a hat, your plants are probably feeling the same way and it’s time to coat the greenhouses with shading paints.
We highly recommend a taste test of the many varieties of tomatoes Abby Lee offers. Grab one of each, slice them up, taste the differences and share your favorite by tagging us on instagram @phxpublicmarket
Read more to meet Neal Brooks & his various growing locations:
“Neal Brooks (President & Founder)
Growers Market, Inc. was established in 1976 by Neal Brooks, the President and Founder. Starting from his backyard, Neal slowly and successfully grew the company to what it is today. As of Today, Growers Market, Inc. has three prime locations around Arizona. These three different climate facilities allow Growers Market to grow everything naturally. One of the key concepts and mission is to ensure the public that everything is locally grown.
Phoenix, AZ – The Phoenix location, located just west of 7th avenue on baseline, sits on 4 acres covered with poly houses. This helps keep infrequent frost away, as well as the dreadful summer heat.
Wilcox, AZ – The Wilcox Greenhouse sits on 155 acres with a 1,000,000 Square foot greenhouse which consists of house plants, geraniums, and combo pots. This 1,000,000 Square Foot greenhouse is very high tech and has all of the bells and whistles needed for maximum production. Wilcox, AZ has some of the best water in the state.
Safford, AZ – “The Farm” – sits on 763 acres. This is where the hay farm, 40 acres of Elderica Pines and 20 acres of fall mums and color production sits. The Farm also consists of a 100,000 Square Foot greenhouse.
Abby Lee Brooks is the youngest daughter of Neal and Felice Brooks. Neal started growing and selling plants in 1974 when he was 12 years old. In 2005, Neal purchased 763 acres of farmland in Geronimo, Arizona. He began growing fruits and vegetables on a small-scale along with hundreds of acres of alfalfa. In 1985, Neal purchased a 3.5 acre greenhouse in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2013, Neal transformed his 3.5 acre, 120,000 Sq. Ft. plant greenhouse into a high-tech hydroponic growing facility. The modern Abby Lee brand was born.”