[Market-farming] Re: Re:heirloom tomatoes.

Tom at Limerock limerock at thirdplanet.net
Sat Feb 12 17:14:22 EST 2005

Joe & others,

So, you try to pick them what, two to three days before being dead ripe?

After picking, do they hold and color-up better in the dark (covered box) or 
in the open?

Does a cooler temp (basement) do better than just shaded ( in an 

Will warmer or cooler temps hurry them along?


Limerock Orchards

> Tom,
> We are usually picking heirlooms starting in late July (from greenhouse 
> started seedlings). This is Zone 5 and the July temp averages between the 
> mid 80s-high90s F. Around 14 hrs daylight. We have a stream so water is 
> never a problem. I can't claim to be an expert, someone advised me about 
> picking heirlooms before they ripen and indeed there was far less 
> cracking.
>                                                  Joe
>> When you are picking them early, what conditions are you letting them 
>> color-up in, specifically temperature and light?
>> Tom
>> Limerock Orchards
>> I concur with the earlier observation; picking heirlooms in a pink wrap 
>> stage often gets around the cracking and the flavor is still good.
>>                          Joe
>>                         Freehold NY

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