Land in hand, new plant a go

By John L. Braese
The Enterprise
VALE – A Canadian mushroom company has bought land in Vale and is moving ahead with plans to commercially grow and distribute product throughout the western United States.
Farmers Fresh confirmed with the Malheur Enterprise Monday it purchased 117 acres situated on the corner of Frontier Lane and Foothill Drive - land previously owned and farmed by Cindy White.
The property is in the urban growth boundary, but will need to be annexed to the city of Vale for water and sewer services.
Farmers Fresh is wasting no time.
Construction on the first phase is scheduled to start in January.
The company wants to produce the first crop of mushrooms for sale by November 2018.
The company expects to invest $25 to $30 million in the venture. Phase one is expected to employ 150 people with an additional 50 jobs added in phase two . . .