Tomatoes were planted on between 950 and 1,000 acres of land this year, similar to 2008, Gavin said. Roma acreage increased about 40 acres.
Roma acreage has increased slightly each of the past few years for Triple M, and 2009 is no exception, Margolis said. Romas will make up 20-25% of Triple M's tomatoes this season, he said.
In the past, Gem has marketed Triple M tomatoes as far south as Florida and as far west as California, but this season the company is capitalizing on the locally grown trend and concentrating its distribution in the Midwest, but some shipments are going as far east as Pittsburgh, Margolis said.