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.