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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Here Come the Tomatoes!

If you took all the people in the state of Florida and put them between downtown Pensacola and Milton, (about 20 miles) that’s what the population of our city is like. 20 million or so, in a very small area next to the River. Now, if all those people in Florida thought they had to eat tomatoes in every dish at every meal, you would need all the tomatoes in Georgia and Alabama combined. Every Day.
This weekend we took a little trip to the coast, and on the way back we started noticing tomato trucks. Lots of tomato trucks. I’m not sure if this is just high season for tomato growers or what, but there were just tons of tomatoes coming to town yesterday. I’m guessing it’s that way all summer, and maybe the winter, too. We counted the baskets on a typical truck to be about 275.
In America, I’m sure there are lots of fruits and veggies being hauled around in big trucks, but they’re mostly enclosed so you don’t see them. I’d bet that this is due in part to the fact that in the States, you’re likely to run through a rain storm on any lengthy trip. Here, not so much. We saw furniture and appliances on the backs of open trucks, with no fear of them getting wet. We probably didn’t see a half-dozen enclosed trailers in the whole four-hour trip. In that time, however, we saw well over 200 tomato trucks.
After four hours of following the tomatoes in from the delta, we had spaghetti with lots of red sauce for supper last night. And I kinda wanted some for breakfast this morning, but I just couldn’t make it work with my corn flakes and coffee.

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