Although cukes and peppers are whittling away at tomatoes’ acreage, tomatoes — which put the region on the produce map — maintain their No. 1 spot with 38% of Ontario’s total greenhouse acres, down from 44% in 2012.
Most growers reported completing their planting by the end of January.
It took three to four days to plant 30 new acres of tomatoes on the vine under glass at Mucci Farm, Kingsville, said Joe Spano, vice president of sales and marketing.
Tomato harvest could begin the second week of March, depending on when the plants went in, said David DiCiocco, director of DiCiocco Farms.
As for tomato pricing out of the region for 2013, growers and marketers said in late January that it was still too early to tell.
Jim DiMenna, president of JemD Farms, said he believes there is good reason for optimism, though.
DiMenna said Canada came out of last winter with a weak market partly because of weather in other growing regions. He expects prices to be better for Ontario greenhouse tomatoes this year.
DiCiocco and Spano also said they believe prices can continue the upswing of recent weeks after what they said was one of the most challenging price situations in memory last year.