When are fresh Hillsborough County tomatoes available at local groceries and farm stands?
October through December, and April through June
What type of tomatoes are grown commercially here?
Round and cherry tomatoes
Where are tomatoes most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
Ruskin and elsewhere in south Hillsborough
How many acres are planted with tomatoes?
How many pounds of tomatoes are harvested?
170,392,000 pounds, with an estimated value of $81 million
Fun fact: Botanically, tomatoes are fruit - though many people and even the U.S. Supreme Court consider them vegetables. In 1893 the high court, for the purpose of levying a tariff, ruled the tomato is a vegetable.
Local insight: Hillsborough County grows 15 percent of all fresh-market tomatoes in Florida, and is ranked third in the state behind Manatee and Collier counties