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Steve Mills

Do you trust organic produce in the supermarket? Is it worth the difference?

Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 9:18 AM
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  • No, I don't trust it. The only way I trust any food that claims to be organic is if I grow it myself or I purchase it at a farmer's market. But, you can tell while you are eating something the difference between the two.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Apr 23, 2013, at 5:30 PM
  • Quiz the grower at farmer's markets. Some do not really understand the meaning of organic.

    I had a fellow in Murfreesboro assure me his tomatoes were organic, then went on to say he used the same stuff on them that he uses on his tobacco. You guessed it. He was FAR from organic.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 23, 2013, at 7:01 PM
  • There is nothing quite like the taste of that first tomato that you grow yourself. I would say about a month until I harvest my first one. Can hardly wait.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 5:44 AM
  • Are they in bales cherokee2?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 7:57 AM
  • I learned yet another lesson from my parents the other day as they were planting tomatoes, they took kelp and bonemeal and added it to the hole and also planted the tomato with a type of cylinder around the bottom of the plant....the bone meal for nutrients the kelp and cylinder deters cutworms and slugs...I can hardly wait for one of their Heirloom tomato sandwiches and I would think they will have a high yield this year off those few plants.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 10:03 AM
  • By bottom of the plant, I presume you mean the bottom of the main stem, where it enters the ground. Those cutworms are abominable!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 11:26 AM
  • Yes that's what I meant...I'm petty sure they cut the tube that the weed barrier film came on and used pieces of it...I can taste them already...even organic tomatoes seem to be mealy and just tasteless from the store.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 1:58 PM
  • I agree about fresh picked tomatoes. I've told this story several times, but when our daughter was about 3 she used to go out to the garden and pop ripe cherry tomatoes into her mouth.

    When she ran into restaurant cherry tomatoes, she immediately popped it back out of her mouth. Her first lesson on the value of fresh grown.

    She is now trying to raise her first full fledged garden, if this roller coaster weather will ever settle down. She had success with container gardens while at MTSU so she is anticipating even better results now in raised beds.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 7:25 PM
  • The bulk of mine are hay bale Steve, but am trying some containers just to see which get best results. i have planted one in a old zinc washtub. it did great last years.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 4:21 AM
  • nah, think it is the same.

    -- Posted by 4fabfelinez on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 6:12 PM
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