Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Rasmussen, N. A.
The tomato, pp. 166-170 PDF (1.1 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. sible to get through the vines, the last two or three times I have them turned ahead of the cultivator. Now being through cultivating, we can begin to look for the ripe melons. The Emerald Gem ripens first, and we pack in baskets and sell as peaches are sold. When we first began packing in this way, we ised common market baskets, putting 16 melons in each basket and selling them to the stores for 40c to 50c per basket, but we discovered that these baskets were too large for the dealer to sell to private families by the basket, so we now order baskets from a factory to be made half the size of a market basket. This basket holds 8 melons instead of 16 and we get the same price for the 8 melons in the small basket that we did for the 16 melons in the market basket. The Osage and Honey Dew I sell by the dozen, usually sort- ing them into 3 grades, according to their size and quality, ranging in price from 60 cents to $1.50 per dozen. My melons usually bring me about $200.00 per acre. THE TOMATO. N. A. RASMUSSEN, Oshkosh. I am pleased to have the honor of addressing you this after- noon in behalf of the much neglected fruit, the tomato. We have heard discussions of all kinds on apples and berries, and, in fact, almost every kind of fruit grown in our climate, but not one word has been said about the most wonderful fruit i f all, the Tomato. Why do I call it the most wonderful fruit of all? Because it can be grown in more climates, on more kinds of soil,- in a shorter period of time, on, a smaller space of ground, bring larger returns for what has been given and, after it has been growli, be put to more uses than any other fruit grown. The tomato is one of the few garden vegetables of Americas origin holding high rank as a commercial crop which has come into general cultivation within the last century. This plant, be- cause of its relation to the night shade family, was for a long time held in disrepute by gardeners and people generally. For 166
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