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ARKANSAS AG NEWS

Local tomatoes cross finish line in time for festival

6/13/2013 at 12:00 a.m.


This morning brings good news from the Cooperative Extension Service. Despite earlier reports, there WILL be local tomatoes at this weekend's Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.

The first box of local tomatoes was delivered Monday, and, according to Bradley County Extension Agent John Gavin, more are expected.

"There are a few farmers going to start picking some later this week," he said. "We got what we need for the festival. It may not be an overly abundant supply scattered about, but, like I said, they're starting to come."

Photo by the Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service

The first box of tomatoes for 2013 was brought in by Henry Farms, owned and operated by Dewayne and Sheri Henry from the Banks area. The Henry’s farm approximately 8 acres and includes the varieties Amelia, Cherokee Purple, Pink Girl, Roma and grape tomatoes. The Henry’s market their tomatoes through the Warren Tomato Market and on-farm sales. Shown in the picture are the Henry’s daughters, Anissa (left) and Kailey.

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