Time for Tomatoes

The tomato harvest is starting in California and that means that you start seeing tomato trucks on the highways and byways of the Central Valley.

Tomato Truck, Tomato Harvest, Tomatoes, Tomato TrafficOf course it is not fun to get behind a row of them as you are on your way somewhere. Especially on the I-5 hills north of Patterson. They are sometimes content to drive side by side up the hills and let traffic build up behind them.

Tomato Harvest, Tomato Trucks, Harvest, Patterson, California Most of them are tandems with two containers full of tomatoes. In fact, I am trying to think if I have seen any with only one container.

Pi Day, Peperoni Pizza, Pizza PieI do like the look of a fully load tomato truck and I think about all the food that they will be made into. At the moment I am thinking of tomato sauce on a pizza 🙂

Tomato Blossom - Yellow Blossom - Tomato plant - Yellow BlossomLittle blossoms like these turn into the beautiful big tomatoes that fill the trucks.

Tomato Harvest, Full hoppers, Tomatoes, California, Central ValleyThe harvest is just beginning, but will continue on for at least another month or two.

Did you know that 90% of canned tomatoes are grown in California?

Next time you buy a can of tomatoes take a moment to think about where they came from. There is a better than average chance that they came from California.

Steven

 

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