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1acre of tomatoes $30,000

 
Chadwick Holmes
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Talked to an Amish friend of today who is a produce guy, he did a one acre tomato test and looks like he got $30,000 off of that acre in just tomatoes this year! That's trad farming with plastic mulch, but still decent numbers to consider....if he had beneficial relationships as well.......

Not so permie, but the test aspect interested me and I thought it might to a few more out here.....
 
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For those wondering that breaks down to $.688 per sq ft.

43,560 sqft per acre

It's not as good as some people would like...
But that's a decent living. While it might be a lot of work for one person. I could see one person being able to handle that solo. Just the whole time you're out there picking toms. from daylight to dark just remember that as soon as the frosts hit your done until planting time next year.
 
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Yeah it is a lot of work, but this guy does it after his full time construction job! Ever wanna feel lazy come visit this community, it is the strictest left in the US! I was the hardest worker everywhere else....no chance here!

Love the sq ft breakdown!
 
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cleaning packing selling and delivery time is twice or three times picking and planting time.
also keeping them watered is a bigger problem for me.than picking
 
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Are you on the humid side of Texas or the dry? Even here with 89 degrees being rare there are two or three times a year we have to water. This year no one watered at all, if anything we were too wet.

How do you sell yours, auction house, wholesale distributor,?

Because this is such a big Amish community there is a produce auction house about five miles up the road, so our costs on all of those things are significantly less. Most folks get it there by Belgian drawn wagon!

 
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right east of dallas wet early then dry the rest of the year
dallas has a wholesale hub but to cheap to compete with.
you have to sell to public your self to make it here that takes time, that is what i was saying that growing and picking is a peace of cake compared to the rest.
 
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Oh yeah, for sure! That would take a lot of time!

 
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