After completing the construction of its new, larger, facility in Lockhart, Texas, AgTech company Iron Ox announced on the 23rd May the delivery of fresh produce on store shelves in the Austin area, and soon across the entire southwest region. Customers will be able to buy their healthy locally produced crops in nearby Louisiana, Arkansas and Okahoma.
The Texas-grown fresh produce is available at Whole Foods Market locations in the Austin area, as well as Milkrun, Farmhouse Delivery, and Good Things Grocery – all grown in our the new Lockhart greenhouse, which is considered as the largest location.
The state-of-the-art greenhouse utilizes robotics, AI, plant science and natural sunlight which enables saving an estimated 90% less water and 75% less electricity than LED-based vertical farms while producing 15x more food per acre than field farms. The other advantage is that the produce distributed in stores is quickly made available after it’s harvested, with very little to no long shipping delays between farm to fork.
“We sell out of our produce grown in Iron Ox’s Gilroy, CA greenhouse every week thanks to Whole Foods Market locations in northern California and we are beyond thrilled to expand into their Texas locations,” said Iron-Ox CEO and co-founder Brandon.
Alexander, who grew up picking cotton, potatoes and peanuts on his family’s farm in Texas. “Iron Ox’s brand new Texas facility is the blueprint for sustainable, scalable farming near urban centers across the nation and strengthens our mission of making our food system scalable, secure, and sustainable.”