Talkin’ Tomatoes

Florida’s agriculture commissioner is trying to spread the word that there are plenty of tomatoes to be had. It’s just a matter of getting them to market.

Prices skyrocketed last fall after hurricanes ripped through south Florida, one of the largest tomato growing regions in the country, but farmers have replanted and Commissioner Charles Bronson says the new crops are ready to go. He says the problem is that many of the big grocery chains haven’t gotten the word.

“Well, I think there is some misperception across the country about whether or not we have enough tomatoes available for the market. We have plenty of tomatoes for the market."

“They’re stored in coolers, they’re out in the field waiting to be picked, the farmers are making about 12 cents to 15 cents a pound on them and there should be plenty of tomatoes for anybody that wants them in the northeast United States.”

Tomato prices have already dropped substantially. Two weeks ago, they cost as much as four bucks a pound. Today you can find them for as little as $1.00 a pound.