Located at high elevation in the cool climate of Frisco, you can bet Holly Vliet has a tough road to hoe.
"It's a lot cooler. We have 34 frost free days a year," Vliet said.
The cool weather has meant adopting some interesting ideas about gardening, like jugs of water that are painted black, letting them heat up during the day so they will keep plants and vegetables warm at night.
"They really do a good job of keeping those plants warm all night long," Vliet said.
Rocks placed under the soil do the same thing, and all of it means the greenhouses have managed to produce some pretty good produce, like fresh peas, potatoes, spinach and even corn.
"We're growing tomatoes, peppers, basil a lot of things you wouldn't expect that we can actually get away with growing up here," Vliet said.
Which is a good thing, given most of the food grown in the greenhouses will be sent to local food banks in Summit County.
"Support food for the local food banks and local community dinners," Vliet said.
Low-income families and seniors at a nearby senior center can also get a small section of one greenhouse to grow their own vegetables, helping to promote a more healthy way of eating.
"People up here can get fresh produce that was maybe picked hours earlier right onto their tables," Vliet said.
Demand is so high that there is a waiting list for people to plant, and those that do must volunteer time at the greenhouse, and more volunteers are needed.
It is success that Vliet hopes will be like the plants and keep growing.
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