Tomato farmers face weather challenge this harvest

Updated: Jul. 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

SLOCOMB, AL (WSFA) - You have just a few short weeks until the end of tomato season, according to John Aplin with Aplin Farms in Slocumb.

Local tomato farmers in Slocumb say this year's crop is good, but the harvest hasn't come without its challenges.

"The fruit is good on the vine, but the vines are going down hill real fast," said John Aplin with Aplin Farms.

Farmers can thank Mother Nature for that. This year's rainy weather has caused some of the tomato vines to die early.

"The crop this season has been good. The quality of the food is good. The longevity of the crops hasn't been that good because the rains are cutting some of our fields short," said Aplin.

Aplin said on his farm they always plant more than enough tomatoes for the season to make sure they have enough fresh produce to sell in case there are any bad crops.

"We have plenty of tomatoes. We always have too many tomatoes. We never pick all the tomatoes. We purposely plant too many, so that hopefully we don't run out," said Aplin.

But with Mother Nature impacting some of the vines this season, that means more time for local farmers to sort through picked tomatoes to make sure you're going home with the freshest box of produce.

Aplin says the best time to get the freshest tomatoes is by Aug. 1.

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