Which Tomatoes for Farmers Market?
Hey folks, fairly new to the forums, and would like to ask you "pros" for some advice. I'm planning to start twenty or so 4'x8' raised beds in my large back yard, and plant tomatoes, peppers and herbs for the local farmers markets for extra money.
There is a shortage of actual farmers at the in-town markets, and I've gotten good response from the organizers when I mention bringing in locally-grown produce. My question for the old pros is,
"What types of tomatoes would you recommend for selling at farmers markets?"
I'm going to plant basil and cilantro as well as sweet and hot peppers in addition to tomatoes. I figure I'll need some big red slicing tomatoes, some cherry tomatoes, and something like a Roma for sauces. I also want to grow some tomatillos since we have a large Cuban and Hispanic population here.
Just by browsing the seed displays, I've picked out the following:
Jet Star Hybrid
Large Fruited Red Cherry
I'm building the beds one at a time, and will plant them as I build them to stagger my harvest. I'll be building them with the long sides facing north, to maximize the space available for tomatoes. Any advice is welcome!
I *was* going to dry organic gardening, for the health benefits and better prices, but I can't get good information on what is different about the starting soil aside from "don't put chemical fertilizers in it", so am just going to buy bulk compost and fines, and mix in some topsoil.