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Indoor produce farm, donut maker find fertile ground in industrial park

JolantHardej CEO Farmedhere LLCFarmedhere Vertical Farming Facility Bedford Park Tuesday March 26 2013. | Courtesy Ting Shen~Sun-Times Media

Jolanta Hardej, CEO of Farmedhere LLC,at the Farmedhere Vertical Farming Facility in Bedford Park, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. | Courtesy of Ting Shen~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 27, 2013 12:19PM

<p>Bedford Park is a southwest suburb with more employers in its midst than homes, by a score of about 380 to 200. So it’s a good place to look for a job, but otherwise it’s not going to linger in most people’s memories, except for maybe when they’re stuck at a rail crossing that feeds the industrial hub, David Roeder writes in Grid.</p>

<p>Home to a vast switching yard for the Belt Railway Co. of Chicago, Bedford Park historically has promoted its transportation connections to companies looking to set up a factory or a warehouse.</p>

<p>It’s not normally thought of as a place for food production, but two such developments have started there. They occupy opposite ends of the healthy eating spectrum, but both are impressive because of their size and audacity. One place produces salad greens, the other doughnuts.</p>

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