Tomato Wars of 2016


Larry Patterson’s tomato plants grow in large plastic barrels that he modifies for the purpose. Roger Keck uses a similar set-up.


Submitted photo

Larry Patterson with his prize tomato, weighing in at 1 pound, 6 3/4 ounces.


Bill Colvard | The News

Roger Keck has a double tomato weighing two pounds.


Bill Colvard | The News

The tomato wars of 2016 have begun.

Recently, Larry Patterson brought one of his prize tomatoes to the offices of The Mount Airy News. It is a Burpee Super Steak weighing in at one pound, six and three-quarter ounces. Patterson grows his tomatoes at his home on Inglebrook Trail in Mount Airy using a set-up that he has built from plastic barrels that has soil on top and water down below.

An hour or so later, Patterson’s brother-in-law Roger Keck dropped by the News office with an even larger tomato, saying “Larry’s is a peanut.” Keck’s tomato was a double one weighing two pounds. He said that he had seven or eight on the vine that were one pound and above.

Keck uses the same sort of growing set-up as Patterson and notes that each plant can use three to five gallons of water a day.

Larry Patterson’s tomato plants grow in large plastic barrels that he modifies for the purpose. Roger Keck uses a similar set-up.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SS-Tomato-1.jpgLarry Patterson’s tomato plants grow in large plastic barrels that he modifies for the purpose. Roger Keck uses a similar set-up. Submitted photo

Larry Patterson with his prize tomato, weighing in at 1 pound, 6 3/4 ounces.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SS-Tomato-2.jpgLarry Patterson with his prize tomato, weighing in at 1 pound, 6 3/4 ounces. Bill Colvard | The News

Roger Keck has a double tomato weighing two pounds.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_SS-Tomato-3.jpgRoger Keck has a double tomato weighing two pounds. Bill Colvard | The News
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