[Market-farming] heirloom tomatoes
Tom at Limerock
limerock at thirdplanet.net
Fri Feb 11 10:38:51 EST 2005
>From my experience, there might be a small increase in costs. It seems to
me that the seeds are not quite as cheap as hybrids. I usually do get more
cracks, splits and cat facing from heirlooms, but a good part of that is
just me and no formal irrigation. The knowledgeable folks do not hesitate
buying toms with 'minor' imperfections. The others folks, I just tell them
to cut that part out. The toms are not for a photo shoot, they are going to
get cut up anyway. Any extra loss in marketable toms can sometimes be made
up in placing a premium price on the heirlooms (something I have trouble
doing but feel I must in the future).
I have heard heirlooms can be more expensive to grow because many heirlooms
(not all) produce smaller fruit plus cracking/disease is more prevalent in
some heirlooms varieties. I planned to grow more this year just in case
this is true as I don't normally grow heirlooms. Would anyone care to
advise on this? I would like to know if this is true.
Pat listed an excellent site for information on heirlooms. Try this
catalog. I have not ordered from them, but I will this month.
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