Tomato Planting Season Underway

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

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Shots of tomatoes

As John Aplin surveys his tomatoes he planted last month, he can't help but remember the recent scare they faced.

"Our first tomatoes where planted somewhere around March 10th, said Aplin, they've been through a lot this year."

A lot, that had to do with weather.

"We went through nights of frost that we had to fight off and luckily we made it through the frost," said Aplin.

And of course, when it comes to farming, weather can hurt but also help crops.
Thanks to that, aplin says his tomatoes are now on schedule.

"The crop looks really good right now, where we had thought we were running way behind the last couple of weeks of warm weather that we had has really speeded things up," said Aplin.

"Here at Sawyer's produce, farmers say tomatoes are their biggest sellers and they're hoping for a great yield this year as well."

"It's cold one day and warm the next, they're coming along, they're doing good," said Janice Sawyers.

Since Slocomb tomatoes aren't ready, Sawyers sells tomatoes from neighboring Florida farmers.
She says it doesn't stop customers from anticipating the local harvest.

"Slocomb tomatoes, that's what they want, they just have a better flavor, said Sawyers, I think it's in the soil around here."

Sawyers says everything looks good right now but the weather is the determining factor.

"A hail storm could wipe us out, it's just a gamble," said

Slocomb tomatoes should be ready for harvest in about four or five weeks.

Aplin says when it comes to rain the heavy rain and flooding in february got the soil ready and kept its moisture in a good place, just in time for planting season.

Farmers say they plant tomatoes about every two weeks so they'll have tomatoes all through the summer.


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