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

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Sat Feb 12 18:05:41 EST 2005


A tomato can be picked as early as the mature green stage and ripen off the
vine. Mature green is when you slice the fruit open and there is jelly formed
around the seeds. "Barn ripes" in the dark , be it cool or hot generally get a
false redish pink color not unlike winter gassed tomatoes. I like to pick
tomatoes mature green but mostly at the blush stage and ripen them in the
picking baskets on a wagon in the shade... Bob.

Tom at Limerock wrote:

> 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
> outbuilding)?
>
> Will warmer or cooler temps hurry them along?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Tom
> 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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