Friday, February 3, 2017
Black market Tomatoes?
I can't be the only one that has noticed that vegetables like tomatoes and melons have lost their fabulously sweet taste?
It is because of corporate agri-biz has developed variety's that are excellent for spraying with toxic chemicals to kill all the pests, and harvesting early to store in refrigeration for long periods. But these varieties no longer have that farm fresh taste I grew up with. So I don't even bother buying tomatoes; even organically grown green house tomatoes are bland!
There is a variety of small thick skinned Roma cherry tomato that tastes good that will also last into the fall, but it is the same thing that is sold in the supermarkets.
But what is really incredible is that these mega-corporations have think-tanks that develop laws to keep the local organic farmers from competing with their fresh foods beyond the harvest season.
Our local farmer told me about how the health department snoops around the farmers market making sure no one is trying to sell vegetables that have been processed in any way. He cannot sell sliced sun dried tomatoes, and canning is an even bigger risk.
Apparently the only way to get farm fresh food that tastes like it used to past the harvest period, is to buy it off a black market, if I could find one.