Post Harvest Handling of Heirloom Tomatoes
Is anybody having issues with Heirlooms this year? Over the last month, I am having issues with the Heirlooms splitting after harvest. Specifically Brandywines, Italian Tree,Pineapple & Cherokee Purple. I don't see what I am doing differently this year from previous years. I harvest within 24 hrs of market, pick up for the CSA or delivery to caterers. I use drip on the tomatoes, and this year rainfall has been an issue for cracking in the field. I have tried packaging singular. Cut the tomato from the vine to reduce bruising, and have even tried harvesting a little earlier with some vine attached.
Anybody have any suggestions?