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Posted on 30 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Travels – Part 5

By Kira Hamman

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

What were they doing with tomatoes during the civil war?

Check out this recipe from the 1861 edition of The Housekeeper’s Encyclopedia:

TOMATO CATSUP

  • 1 gallon tomatoes
  • 3 tbs. salt
  • 3 tbs. ground black pepper
  • 3 tbs. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 4 peppers, sweet, not hot
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 1 quart horseradish juice (roots grated and liquid pressed out)

Select tomatoes not overripe, skin and strain the tomatoes; to every gallon add three table-spoons of salt, three of Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 24 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Pennsylvania\’s Top Tomato Farmer Calling it Quits

Tomatoes as Alternative Energy SourceBy Michelle Fabio

This season, Keith Eckel, Pennsylvania’s top producer of fresh-market tomatoes, will stop growing tomatoes and plant corn on those 1,200 acres instead.

This in response to Eckel’s fear that his tomatoes would go unpicked because of a lack of workers. Last season, Eckel’s farm had the fewest seasonal workers in 20 years, and Eckel simply doesn’t want to take the chance–even though the move will cut his revenue up to 70 percent.

Although Eckel says his decision is not a protest, he is encouraging lawmakers to Read the rest of this entry »

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