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Posted on 13 December 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Subway Paying More for Florida’s Tomatoes

By Vanessa Richins

In response to a “protest tour” started by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Subway has agreed to pay an extra penny per pound for all tomatoes bought from Southwest Florida.

Members from the Coalition went to Subway’s headquarters in Miami, Florida with demands that Subway help them give their tomato pickers better wages and working conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 15 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Pick Your Own Tomatoes

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 11 May 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Burger King Tomato Rant

By Kira Hamman

I have been following this whole Burger King tomato thing with a mixture of interest and despair.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, tomato pickers in Florida are asking Burger King to pay a little more for tomatoes so that they can raise wages and work under better conditions.

The workers, who currently labor under pretty awful conditions for a below-poverty-level wage, are asking for one cent more per pound, and Burger King is claiming that it can’t possibly afford to pay that.

Now, I’m a mathematician, so let’s do a little math. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 10 January 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Florida Tomato Growers Hurt by Rare Frost

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Florida TomatoBy Michelle Fabio

When Southwest Florida was hit with a rare freeze over the holidays, citrus and vegetable growers did whatever they could to keep their plants warm.

Although there was no mass devastation, one particular tomato grower outside of Immokalee felt the frost–and may have lost as much as 40 percent of the farm’s 350 acres of plants.

Ed Tuten, manager of the Taylor and Fulton Immokalee Farm, credits the “V-ditch” irrigation system used by some farmers as saving many of his neighbors crops; his farm, on the other hand, uses mostly drip irrigation, which conserves water up to 50 percent but leaves tomatoes Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 27 December 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Florida Tomatoes Soon to be Safer from Salmonella

floridaBy Michelle Fabio

There’s great news for buyers of Florida tomatoes: the state’s tomato growers with the support of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the University of Florida are teaming up in a program to help prevent salmonella and other food-borne illnesses from affecting their crops.

Through training of farm managers and packing houses on the proper way to grow and handle tomatoes, the Florida Tomato Food Safety Program hopes to not only make the state’s tomatoes safer but also create a positive selling point for Florida tomatoes and other agriculture.

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