Now that warm weather is here and we have extensive greenhouse space at Perry Wellness Center, we offer tomatoes as a year-round product at our market.
During cooler weather, we purchased tomatoes from markets in South Georgia. Several produce providers were reviewed, and only those tomatoes that met the highest standards for taste and presentation were selected for our inventory.
After almanac review, tomato plants were planted throughout the campus at the earliest possible date. The plants’ maintenance, cultivation, and presentation at the market became part of our daily schedule.
Stuart Perry explains, “At Perry Wellness Center, we are peer-run. In addition to the personal planting plots on the south end of our campus, we have several hundred tomato plants. Our peers take pride in seeing the ripening fruit. It is a fun reality!”
As tomato production increases, children and other interested individuals are invited to pick their own tomatoes on our sprawling campus.
Growing tomatoes is a team effort. For example, Willie Pryor is in charge of daily removal of produce form the coolers and their presentation. Grover Thornton leads a team of peers who water the plants several times each day, while Michael Harper takes pride in beginning the growing process with his careful planting.
In the photo above, from left, are Willie Pryor, Grover Thornton, and Michael Harper.