This was a tough year for the tomato growers in the San Joaquin Valley. Earlier, the growers struggled with Tomato Curly Top, a virus infestation that impacted yields.
Now, despite production challenges, load after load of ‘maters are brilliant bursts of color along this arid strip of highway. The tomato trucks race north on I-5 towards the Morning Star, DelMonte, and Boswell processing plants. Those bright, juicy, orbs of abundance will ultimately sit in my pantry as jars of salsa, cans of paste, and bottles of catsup!