Five generations have contributed to growing tomatoes that meet the McClure standard of excellence.
FROM SEED to TABLE
Planning for the season actually begins the summer prior. Our 8-month season starts in Manatee county by preparing rows in our tomato fields in mid-July.
West Coast Tomato takes pride in the quality of its tomatoes. It takes a great amount of planning, care, and a whole lot of people to get a tomato to your table.
Here's how it works:
We constantly monitor field, weather, and crop conditions, and over the generations have cultivated a variety of seeds to meet these evolving needs. As environments change, we continue to develop new seed varieties to ensure the best tomatoes we can produce.
Tomato transplants grown in plant houses from our seedlings are delivered on flats on to our farms on August 15th. These are planted by hand, starting in Manatee county until we run out of space. We move down the state and plant at our farms in Hendry County, then move back up to Manatee county in spring.
Tomatoes are picked by hand and transported to our packing house, where they are sorted and graded. They are boxed with similar grade tomatoes, labeled, bar-coded, stacked on pallets and distributed to stores, restaurants, and eventually, to you!
Some tomatoes don’t meet our high standards, but they don’t go to waste. We send them to farms around the county where cows find them to be especially tasty and healthy snacks.