Don’t farm if you’re looking to make some money. Do it to fulfill some sort of civic duty like Paul and I…I jest. Sometimes I feel like we’re getting jerked off over prices of veggies. We’re not though, we are just competing with the super awesome, sunshine all year, factory farming paradise known as California. So businesses don’t want to pay more than a dollar a pound for tomatoes. To each his own. Apparently, I’ve heard this enough, tomatoes are the most widely grown crop, with the highest rate of failure or problems. Believe it! Now, I don’t recall if I had mentioned this previously, but the proprietor of the mexican food establishment in which we frequent used to farm as a kid in Mexico and he told us to pick our tomatoes early, to avoid blight, birds and whatever other “thing” could ruin the fruit. They’ll ripen in the house. And you know what, his trick totally works. Put that one in your pocket, it’s a freebie from Chuy of El Camino Real in Fayetteville Arkansas, South School street! We have all of these tomato plants and we’re growing some nice tomatoes, but it’s really not worth selling them we’re learning. So we’ve canned some, sold some and probably going to can the rest. That’s where the economy comes into play and makes growing tomatoes worth it. That’s why farmers grow fields and fields of tomatoes, because they need three million tons of them to make a thousand bucks. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. That’s what is so great about this first year for us! Lessons learned. Tomatoes for preserving not for profit!