[Market-farming] those pesky tomato stems

Wiediger, Alison alison.wiediger at hart.kyschools.us
Fri Oct 1 10:13:50 EDT 2010

We always remove stems for just that reason - they damage the other tomatoes.  WE may leave just a few to look nice on the display, and are careful how we place them in the boxes.

Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm

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From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard Robinson
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 9:11 AM
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Subject: [Market-farming] those pesky tomato stems

When I pick tomatoes, about half retain their stem. They look great, so I've been leaving them on, but this summer noticed that, as my customers sort through the pile at the stand, the stems are doing damage, poking the skins of their neighbors. Is there any harm in removing the stems that don't come off on their own during harvest?

By the way, I want to recommend Pink Beauty tomatoes. Productive, trouble free, and a perfect slicing tomato.

Thanks, Richard
where it is October 3, still no frost, and still pushing out tomatoes. "Zone 5" is so last century.

 Richard Robinson
 Hopestill Farm

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