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Cherry tomatoes going crazy

Posted by jrslick KS/5 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 15:49

This was Friday's harvest. We also harvested 60 baskets on Wednesday. The even better news is we only have 12 baskets left after the markets on Saturday. I could have sold those too if I had them at my market, but they were at the other market. After looking at them today, I bet I could pick that many again today.

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RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

Two markets on the same day? I wish I could share your optimism but I had no markets this past week due to our market town holding an Arts Festival. Yet I have close to 10 bu. of cherry/grape tomatoes and equal quanity of larger fruited ones picked within the last week. A few customers bought tomatoes but I really rely on my markets... this week I'll have 3 to attend. I never thought I'd hope for tomato production to slow down a little but I wish I had another outlet.

One question though as to the plastic containers you use... where do you order them? I prefer pulp boxes for tomatoes but I have had great success with the plastic ones with small peppers. Those past plastic boxes were given to me by a local supermarket employee and the source was not known.

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

how many plants do you guys have? 60 baskets? 10 bu?

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

We have about 100 cherry, pear and grape tomatoes.

Bmoser: We do sell at two markets on Saturdays. My wife sells in our hometown and I sell in a bigger town about 45 miles away, we also sell in this town on Wednesdays. We usually divide our harvest 2/3 for me and 1/3 for her. We started this at the end of June last season. Sales in our hometown were dropping, for an unknown reason, and we had way more produce than either one of us could sell at one market. Also, my wife feels it is important that we help keep our hometown market viable.

This year we also added another market on Thursday nights. It is a new market and we have been fairly successful.

We ordered our pint berry baskets from Southern Container Corp.

You are wishing tomatoes would slow down, I wish they would start. Our big tomatoes are so very slow this year.

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

Your tomatoes look great. I only had a few pints this last week, and about 3 pounds of larger tomatoes.

What do you charge for a pint of cherry tomatoes?

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

Randy, I normally plant 4 rows in one high tunnel of cherry/gr. with 45 plants per row but this year with the Artisan varieties I decided on adding 2/3 row of the mixture of 6 Artisan types, Juliet, Sweet Treats, Red & Yellow pear... varieties that are a little larger. All are producing very well and many stringlines need to be lowered as I know I have many plants 13 ft. high, growing past hanger hooks.

I've been using 1/2 pt pulp boxes for cherry varieties. I have been charging $3.25 per but I typically lower prices about now to reflect availability since many customers who purchased plants are now harvesting a few of their own. I will drop to $2.75 per box tomorrow and likely settle on $2.50 per box for the season in two weeks. We have not ever sold bu quantities of cherry types and never plan to do so. We had one lady a week ago hand me 2 twenty$ bills and ask for whatever amt. of cherry tomatoes it would buy. I only charged $3 for her boxes.

Thanks for the ref. JR as I want to purchase plastic pt containers soon. We dont have ripe Lunchbox peppers yet but I want to soon have a few.

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

We charge $3 a basket and we sold out (everything in that picture by 11:00, market runs until 1pm) Sometimes we run specials, 3 for $8 or 2 for $5 if they are aren't selling as well.

Bmoser: I would love to see some pics of your lunchbox peppers. I have seen them before, and wanted to grow them, but my wife thought they were just a novelty.

RE: Cherry tomatoes going crazy

I'll need to take a few pictures. So far only a few have color but I have more planted than last year and last year they were a great seller but I had a surplus. They pick easy, much easier than the Sweet Baby Girl minibells. The greatest selling point is that the seed is concentrated by the top and so they can be eaten of the stem like a carrot. One issue is that the Yellow Lunchbox and Orange Lunchbox peppers are larger than the Red Lunchbox peppers but nobody seems to mind that.

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