Speaking of tomatoes | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Speaking of tomatoes

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 6:05 AM

unknown.jpg

The first Bradley County tomatoes have been harvested, UA Co-operative Extension Service reports. In a month or so ....

NEWS RELEASE

WARREN, Ark. -- The first box of tomatoes in Bradley  County  in 2008 has been harvested, marking the start of a busy picking season. Bradley  County  and the surrounding area is the center of the state's tomato industry.

            John Gavin, county extension agent with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, said brothers Craig and Jeff Wardlaw picked the tomatoes May 31 and brought them to his office Monday.

            He said the county's 40 or so farmers compete every year to see who can produce the first box of vine-ripened tomatoes. The county has about 600 acres of tomatoes. The crop is usually valued at $6-8 million to the local economy from gate receipts. In a typical year, farmers will produce about a million 20-pound boxes of tomatoes valued at $6 to $8 a box.

ThePacker.com online publication said May 14 that a combination of lower acreage, high Arkansas fruit quality, weather woes in Florida and interest in regional deals should boost demand for Arkansas tomatoes this spring and early summer.

            The Wardlaw operation is about 175 acres. Besides Craig and Jeff, the operation is farmed by another brother Marty Lee and their parents, Marty and Carla Wardlaw. The brothers grew up on the farm.

            The Wardlaw farm markets its tomatoes through Mike Bradley, owner of Green Hill Farms Produce, Inc. Four or five other farmers are marketing through the local company.

            Gavin said other farmers are beginning to harvest this week.

            The tomato festival is next weekend, he said. "All next week we’ll have activities, but the main activities are June 13 and 14 on the town square."

            For information about growing tomatoes contact your county extension agent or visit www.uaex.edu , select Search and type in tomatoes. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the U of A Division of Agriculture.


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Greenbrier's paddling of student protester goes worldwide

    The paddling of Greenbrier High School students who joined in te national school walkout Wednesday has produced headlines worldwide.
    • Mar 17, 2018
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation