Charleston-based hydroponic container farm Vertical Roots added a third farm site in the Atlanta State Farmers Market June 8, when farm containers made the trip west from Charleston. Vertical Roots’ Atlanta farmers plan to produce lettuce at the facility within weeks and hope to have “Vertical Roots Georgia Grown” lettuce in grocery stores by July 2021, a press release said. 

“A large part of our mission is to grow food as close to the point of consumption as possible, and this farm site accomplishes just that,” said Vertical Roots co-founder Andrew Hare, who partnered with Southeastern produce suppliers Collins Brothers Produce and Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice to bring the farm to life. “The Collins family are esteemed produce industry leaders for three generations, and we’re ecstatic about the unique grower-supplier partnership that we’ve cultivated.”

Vertical Roots is headquartered in Charleston and also has a farm site in Columbia. Hare and his staff plan to produce 500,000 heads of lettuce this year at the new facility, which “will reduce produce transportation an estimated 300 miles per delivery,” according to the release.