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  1. Bill Tiszai says:


    I was thrilled to find your website as I’m conducting market research for my business plan to provide local, organic tomatoes year-round from a greenhouse. I believe it’s possible to raise awareness of just how good food can be if we can provide a good supply and get around the seasonal challenge.

    I live near Atlanta, and various food distributors, including Whole Foods, have told me they offer good tomatoes when they can get them. Their customers are asking for more locally grown foods. I want to solve that problem.

    Can you direct me to any valuable market data that would help support the attractiveness of the local, organic tomato market. Everything I’m finding is about the mass-produced conventional tomato industry. I’m looking for data that will attract the investment needed to get production going. I found 100,000 sq ft of greenhouse space available and would like to bring this supply online right in the heart of Jan-March.


  2. J.R. Mendez says:

    I just finished reading Tomatoland. Actually I bought the ebook version twice, once on my Kindle app, and when that failed I bought it again on my Nook several weeks later, so don’t go patting your back for the sudden surge of sales, it’s the same guy.
    Wow, thank you for this eye opening book. I live in south Florida, and go to the Redlands on certain weekends to buy from farmers stalls, and I had no idea what was going on down here. It’s important to me for several reasons: after 32 years in the airline industry, and many years since I graduated with a degree in culinary arts, I finally look forward to retirement and…, own and operate my own food truck, and work twice as hard. Is that insane?
    I care about food. No actually I care about good food, and I try as much as my meager airline salary will allow to eat good food, and nothing is more pleasant in a salad than a good tasting tomato. When my wife and I decided that we would operate a food truck my goal was to make something simple, something tasty, something that says American, and that something was a good hamburger. We did plenty of taste tests with family and friends, and even a few strangers. The grass fed beef, the sweet texture of a toasted potato bread bun, the large cut organic Russet fries, man everyone loved them, but I couldn’t get over the nagging feeling that something was missing, that is until I read your book.
    A good burger needs a good tomato, and it came to me, all the hundreds, maybe thousands,( who’s counting), of trips to Fudruckers, In-N-Out Burger, Five Guys, Elevation Burger, and all the other run of the mill burger joints in America, and not once, not one time did I ever stop to pay attention to that pretty round and red slice that accompanies this American icon, the Volksfood of the American people.
    So thank you for a great read, thank you for showing me the darker side of food production. All I can do is promise to shop ethically when I start my business.
    J.R. Mendez

  3. Wyatt Travis says:

    Hello Mr. Estabrook,

    My name is Wyatt Travis and I attend Winona State University, I was recently at your speaking about your book “Tomatoland,” it was very interesting to hear the author of a book come in and speak about their own experience on writing their book and what they went through writing it. I was really hoping you could help with something. I’m writing a paper about your book and my topic is pesticides and the problems Florida has with them(dangers, regulations, why pesticides are the worst in Florida, and solutions to the pesticide problem), All I am asking is that if you could help me come up with a strong thesis statement about this topic referring to your book. I would greatly appreciate the help of a professional like you. Thank you for taking the time out of your insane schedule you mostly likely have to read this and I hope you can help!


    Wyatt Travis

  4. Barry says:

    Sorry, Wyatt. I have not been very attentive to my blog lately. Hope your project went well.

  5. Barry says:

    Thank you, Ted and Agnes. I miss seeing you on a daily basis. Barry

  6. Andrew Madsen says:

    Hi Barry,

    I just saw your piece on MRSA … I’m not sure how this happened but your article is completely wrong.

    Denmark has one of the highest incidences of MRSA in Europe. Just a few months ago random sampling in Sweden of imported pork from Denmark showed that 1 in 5 packages was contaminated with MRSA. Danish pork products are likely to be banned in Sweden and Norway due to this issue. The government has had to take steps to curb the situation, but they are far form adequate.

    Here is a link to just one of the many articles that have come out recently. When did you do this research?

  7. ken price says:

    In the US it is about profit and I am 72 and as far as the meat industry is concerned I and the rest of the populations is collateral damage and you are showing a better way, but the industry in large part is not listening. The bean counters rule. My wife and I try to eat only grass fed chicken, beef and pork as well as organic as well. Not all can afford the added expense though. We live in San Luis Obispo county and this is about as good as it gets for healthy living and locally sourced whatever. The drought is the gorilla in the china shop though. Keep up the good fight.

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