Tomatoes galore

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sherry Tucker, of Exeter, is currently harvesting her first full crop of tomatoes from the hoop house she raised on her farm last year. Tucker's 2,160-square-foot, one-fifth of an acre hoop house allows her to begin growing produce earlier in the year and harvest fruits and vegetables later into the fall and winter months. Hoop houses are similar to greenhouses, but the structures allow producers to grow plants in the ground instead of in pots or other soil containers. Tucker has planted tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon and other produce in her hoop house. She sells fruits and vegetables at the Garden Sass Farmers' Market, which is held in the pavilion on Mineral Springs Road in the Cassville Park from 7 a.m. to noon each Tuesday and Friday. Tucker's son, Caleb, is pictured above with some of this year's tomato harvest.

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