The Mother of Presidents is a Tomato Farmer

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Viginia is known as "The Mother of Presidents" due to the eight she has sent to the post in Washington, D.C.  Since "Mother" hasn't sent any of her sons or daughters to D.C. since Wilson in 1913 she had to find something productive to do for the benefit and wealth of we Virginians.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the sandy loam (which tomatoes love) of the Eastern Shore peninsula that Virginia shares with Delaware and Maryland (The DelMarVa Peninsula) tomatoes were a natural crop choice. Tomatoes are also grown farther inland in counties east of Richmond.

The red fruit is a multi-million dollar business for the Commonwealth which now ranks third in the nation behind Florida and California.

To put the growth factor in perspective in 2001 Virginia tomato farmers harvested 3,900 acres of the crop.  In 2006 the harvest had grown to 5,600 acres.

I have absolutely no tomato farm experience, but I do have 30 years full time experience selling Northern Virginia residential real estate. 

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Rainer
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Michael Mapes-Suntrust Mortgage
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I live very close to plantation row, never seen tomatos but love the history.  However my wife grows tomatos do you think I could be president.
Oct 23, 2007 11:27 AM #1
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Michael, Probably not, but your wife certainly could, Karen
Oct 23, 2007 11:37 AM #2
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Brian Block
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Karen, I had no idea that tomatoes were such big business here in Virginia.  I grew some cherry tomatoes on my condo balcony this summer.  They tasted great!
Oct 23, 2007 11:38 AM #3
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Brian,  You should spend more time studying tomatoes lol, Karen

Oct 23, 2007 11:41 AM #4
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Marchel Peterson
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Karen, I would never put Virginia and tomatoes together.  I can see the President connection but would never have guessed tomatoes were a big thing.  I guess now I know.
Oct 23, 2007 02:23 PM #5
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Karen:  Now, all you need is an outside blog on The Real Estate Tomato, and you'll be all set !  And, have you heard of a restaurant I just stumbled on in Houston called Sweet Tomatoes ?  Just two tomato facts that bounced into my head from your post.  Ooops... I almost forget, I wrote a post called "I Love Tomatoes."  That makes three.  Take care... great post... I wonder if I tried to duplicate the sandy loam soil you describe in a raised container garden, if it would work.  Anyone up there in VA know ?
Oct 23, 2007 05:56 PM #6
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Keith Cook
RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc. - Bellingham, WA

 

will keep you in mind. 30 years experience is alot better than 29 years.. I think I'd try 29 years of experience and holding...or something like that.

Oct 23, 2007 08:44 PM #7
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Marchel,  Actually, I didn't put it together, either, until I read an article the other day, Karen

Oct 24, 2007 01:40 AM #8
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Keith,  I'll mull that over, thank you, Karen
Oct 24, 2007 01:43 AM #9
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Karen Anne  I don't know, but in the winter we get tomatoes from Mexico and other southern locations.  Give it a try, Karen
Oct 24, 2007 01:45 AM #10
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Dave Shockley
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Karen - Three of those presidents came from the Charlottesville area.  Jefferson, Madison & Monroe.

I just love the history this state has.

Oh yeah I don't know anything about growing tomatoes either.  All I know is that they are great on a sandwich.

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Karen:  I went up to Home Depot today to chat with some of the folks there about trying platform gardening.  One of the many intriguing things about it is the ability to garden in the exact type of soil you choose.  Again, thanks for sharing.
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Karen Anne  You may be starting a whole new industry for Texas, Karen

Dave,  The more you eat the better it is for our economy, Karen

Oct 24, 2007 10:58 PM #13
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