This is John Pendleton. Husband of Karen Pendleton, flower-growing & bouquet-making phenom who I visit weekly at the farmers market. This last weekend, I found out that Mr. Pendleton also knows a thing or ten, particularly about hydroponic tomatoes. I think he is an asparagus expert too, but I didn't quiz him over that material. I stayed on topic when we went out to the Pick Your Own hydroponic tomato event at their place on Memorial day. He talked to us about the seeds (trust), germination time, air flow, pollination, bees, temperature control, and tomato diseases and how they try to prevent them. To name a few.
This might sound like more than you ever wanted to know about tomatoes, but it was interesting. I had absolutely no idea there were so many things that go into growing tomatoes on a scale such as this.
I also learned the best way to pick a tomato, made 2 new friends, saw some lovely memorial day planters, and got to pet a kitty. The drive out there was pretty nice too.
All in all, it was a mighty fine day. And I haven't even told you what I made with the 6 tomatoes we picked. But I will. You can bet on that.
P.S. Since so many of you asked... the best way to pick a tomato is to go to the first "knuckle" - which is that first ridge depicted best in the photo of the green tomatoes below - and wiggle it around and it pops right off and then all your stems look just perfect - as noted in the photo of all the red tomatoes below.