By Michelle Fabio
Although many of you are just getting your tomato plants going, if you happen to be in Florida, you can pick your own tomatoes at Sandy Biggar’s 53-acre U-Pick Farms in Fort Myers.
For 99 cents a pound, the choice is yours.
“The tomatoes will be around for a while, but once the tourists leave, picking really slows down,” Biggar said. “Locals don’t pick many tomatoes.”
All the more reason for you to head over and have your pick of the litter, so to speak–Biggar says the tomatoes should continue to ripen well into May.
And a tip from Biggar if you’re in a dry climate? His plants escaped drought damage this year because the roots are wrapped in plastic to retain moisture.
As for what to plant, Biggar insists that only three tomato varieties give him the flavor, color, and yield that he wants. But that information is top secret.
“I don’t want other farms to know what I plant,” he said.
Business at more northern “pick your own tomato” spots will heat up in the later summer months, but you can go and choose a variety of fruits and vegetables year round.
To find a pick-your-own farm near you, check out the list at PickYourOwn.org.