What is a field tomato?

engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)April 20, 2009

I often hear my older friends talk about growing field tomatoes, and recall one time where one of them looked at a tomato and stated "that looks kinda like a field tomato"....Is this a generic term, or is there certain ones that are designated as field tomatoes? Just wondering....

EG

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atascosa_tx(8b)

I would guess that it's a volunteer..happens when tomatoes hit the ground then decays, then once rain and warmth returns, they start as seedlings as unknown tomatoes.

Happy Gardening.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 12:16AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Often refers to any of the market-type (red color, blemish free, round 6 oz., thicker skinned for picking/shipping, etc.) tomatoes grown by commercial growers in direct seeded, large fields - sprawled for machine harvesting and artificial ripening off the vine.

Developed varieties for commercial growers include the BHN series, Mountain series and Florida series among many others.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 10:13AM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

Hey, thanks! Now I understand....

EG

Here is a link that might be useful: EG's Garden blog

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 11:56AM
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timmy1(6a ri)

X2 what Dave said. Also, they are determinants intended for Florida weave.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 3:46PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

X2 what Dave said. Also, they are determinants intended for Florida weave.

*****

Not necessarily Timmy, for I think it's where a farmer lives and grows tomatoes that kind of determines how they grow their acres and acres of tomatoes.

In my part of upstate NY and from what I've seen of New England they all just plant in rows with no support at all, of the ones I've seen, which means much less labor as well.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 6:17PM
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puckhog(5b)

we refer to field tomatoes as any tasty homegrown ones that we get to enjoy for a few months in summer before reverting back to the tasteless mushy things they sell in winter

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 6:46PM
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kiddo_1(NE OH 5)

My mother refers to field tomatoes as any type of tomato grown in open fields without staking, mulching, etc. They 'sprawled'. She used to pick fruit/tomatoes for summer $ when she was young ((1930s-40s). So if I had to guess, then then 'field' tomatoes are not a variety, just a method of growing. Like 'market' tomatoes are described by usage, not variety.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 8:37AM
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hanselmanfarms

What I classified a "field tomato" is one grown outside, without plastic coverings. They can and are started under cover but matured and ripened in the field. That is the definition that I use at my market. I sell both covered and field tomatoes thru out our season. My definition would include all tomatoes, whether stakes, mulched, planted or volunteered.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 9:28AM
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