The growing season is upon us and soon the rest of us will be enjoying the wonderful full flavor of vine ripened tomatoes. But for those people who are lucky to eat tomatoes grown at Mock’s Greenhouse in Morgan County, tomatoes are a year-round pleasure.
Starting with three greenhouses in 2005, Paul Mock’s hydroponic production has expanded to 14 structures. He grows heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, watercress, cilantro, arugula, and radishes. Ginger is grown organically.
Mock’s provides produce to area restaurants but almost all their crop is trucked weekly to the Washington, DC-Baltimore area where farmers markets as well as shoppers at major grocery chains, such as Whole Foods, enjoy the flavors.
Grown hydroponically, with recirculated water high in nutrients, the aroma inside the greenhouses is rich with organic matter. I had always thought that hydroponic tomatoes were flavorless, but visiting Mock’s taught me otherwise!
The plants have thick roots and are supported with a pulley system from the rafters.
Paul and Raynette Mock
670 Tanglewood Lane
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411