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