|The almost endless rows of newly planted tomato|
plants. This farm does Roma's and Beefsteak tomatoes
|The field boss, Marco on the right talking to one of the |
farmers on the bus tour
Imagine 2 tour buses full of farmers descending on the McClure Tomato Farm all interested in row crops as this was a “tomato field 101 lesson” to us.
|The view from the back where the 6 workers|
would sit and plant tomatoes.
|This tractor is used to spray for weeds between the rows|
of tomatoes and notice the boxed in covers that
shield the plants from the spray being used to keep weeds down
|Another view of the endless rows of plants|
|Close up of the tomato plant in the plastic. Plastic helps keep weeds|
away from the plant, plus it keep the plant healthier by not
having the dirt splash up on the plant that can cause blight
|The production manager at the processing plant|
|One of the many stools a worker sits on and sorts tomatoes|
|After the tomato has gone through the sorting process, |
they get boxed for delivery
|Just to give you an idea of how big this processing plant was.|
It was so clean, you could have eaten off of the floor!
Strawberry Field Tour:
Next we boarded the bus for a tour of the strawberry fields. We were met by the matriarch of the Parke Strawberry farm.
|Mrs. Parke, even her handbag had a strawberry pattern and|
she drove a red car.
Unfortunately, we were not let out into the sorting area nor were we allowed in the processing plant, which was a little disappointing. However, we did get to see their hydroponic strawberry farm. Two sons now run the farms, one does the conventionally grown strawberry and the other does organic hydroponic. This farm has 250 acres of conventionally grown strawberries and ½ acre of hydroponic grown strawberries. It was explained that the hydroponic field can grown 57,000 plants on a ½ acre compared to the 9,000 plants done conventionally on the same amount of ground.
|A view of the hydroponic plants in their heavy gauge|
|This was Mark, the son that runs this operation|
|A close up of the plants and containers|
|All I can say was, yummmm|
To sum it up, tomato and strawberries are an extremely labor intensive crops and it gave me a whole new appreciation for fruit and vegetable farmers. So there you have it, now when you go to the grocery store and see the little stickers on the tomato plants or on a container of strawberries, that are grown in the USA, you will know you have the best and safest fruit or vegetable for you and your family. I know I feel better. So buy American my friend.
As always, glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed the tour via this website. Email me at email@example.com if you have any questions. Best Regards, Gayle