So Many Tomatoes, So Many Questions

Am I excited about some vagabond tomatoes? YES.

Are they really vagabonds?

Well…you tell me.
When I bought them, I saw that they were greenhouse grown, in Mexico.

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They were beautiful tomatoes, nearly impossible to find here in the Midwest in the middle of winter. A little pricey, but if they taste as good as they look, then yay for food grown in Mexico!

It’s just a small part of my brain, which reads in English and French, and even quite a bit in Spanish, wonders why I didn’t catch on to how odd it was that there were no Spanish words on the container.
You see, it’s somewhat a curse, because when one reads words, one doesn’t much think about which language.
I’m known to begin reading instructions in French or Spanish, only to hit a word I don’t know, and stop to sound it out like a six-year old before I catch myself, “Hey, maybe this would be easier to understand IN ENGLISH.”

While I waited for the girls to unload the dishwasher, I saw that the company presented a Kingsville, Ontario address. I peeled back the film on the top of the container, only to discover more French.

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Lavez avant de manger. Mais bein sur!

They’re delicious. I mean, moaning foodie here, Oh my God, delicious! The dark red ones are just incredible!

I presume Mexicans grow the tomatoes and then the Canadian company handles the packaging, distributing, etc.

Are the tomatoes outsourced, then?
Does the revenue go back to Canada?
Why do my tomatoes have a political agenda?
Are there American companies growing greenhouse tomatoes in Mexico?
Can the southwest United States not be bothered to grow tomatoes for Northerners?
Where are all the hydroponic tomatoes?
They must seem Anglo or no one will buy them?
Why must my Mexican tomatoes pretend to be anything but what they are?
I doubt they’re pretentious when no one’s looking.

Poor gypsy tomatoes, your Joey loves you.

And she wants a greenhouse.

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11 Responses to So Many Tomatoes, So Many Questions

  1. LindaGHill says:

    Wow. I’m so used to seeing French on everything that I didn’t even notice! I’m still confused though… seems they came from Mexico, were packaged here, and then shipped to a store near you. …why? Weird.
    As long as they’re good I guess!

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  2. Jennifer says:

    The Canadian company probably works with the growers/owns the farms then either pays for or pays them to handle, package and ship to distributors warehouses who then ship it to the stores who order them…at least that’s how it’s done with international cheeses…including Mexican!

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  3. “why do my tomatoes have a political agenda?” laughing out loud!

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  4. Sherry says:

    Joey, there are plans all over the internet to make really cheap greenhouses. You can use old windows or shelving and then drape it with light weight plastic that you can tack down. Its something you can use in the spring to start seeds and grow them up to planting size. And frankly some of the seed catalogs have ones you can buy that are like $100. You could make one for much less I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ I sent in my order for tomato seeds and chile peppers just the other day…:)

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    • Right! I’ve looked at the pre-fab ones, and think I will just get a greenhouse shelving one. I can lean that against the garage for my seedlings. I don’t know that I am ready to tackle a walk-in yet, or tackle that back acre…and well I’ve got big plans for the lot next door, whenever its abandoned house is for sale. HAHAHA!
      Still a foot of snow on the ground, so I’ve got time ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. spacurious says:

    Tomatoes don’t have pockets silly so where would they put their green cards? I would think that was obvious.

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  6. Here in Germany the only ‘fresh’ tomatoes in winter used to come from hydroponic greenhouses in Holland. But really it was a factory manufacturing tennis balls. The tomatoes were that pale, and that hard.

    Afraid I’ll have to wait until summer for good local tomatoes. Enjoy your Mexican gems!

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