Friday, August 8, 2014

Food Giveaway! Guess the Pounds of Tomatoes in Our 2014 Harvest!

I'm doing my first give away! The person that guesses  the number of POUNDS of tomatoes we harvest this year (or comes the closest) will win a gift pack of Furmano Foods canned tomato products! 

We have 150 acres of "processing" tomatoes this year. That means they are field grown Roma tomatoes that we grow for  Furmano Foods in Pennsylvania. We have been growing tomatoes for Furmano for about 10 years. Its nice to grow for a company whose products are high quality, tasty, and that we enjoy eating!

One of our 2014 tomato fields.
These are cannery tomatoes that go for grocery items like diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, whole peeled tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, etc... Canned tomatoes are so versatile in so many recipes, I can't imagine my pantry without them!

Here's what the label looks like before they head to the cannery!
Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene and provide a good source of vitamins C & A. While they are delicious picked fresh, in season from the field, canned tomatoes are very versatile in many recipes, and are an easy, economical, and nutritious choice. 


They are machine harvested and loaded onto these trailers then hauled to the cannery and within 24 hours are processed into yummy tomato products!
So what do you need to do to win this prize? Guess the number of pounds that we will harvest from 150 acres of tomatoes this year. I will give you ONE clue, we are expecting an "above average" crop this year. I won't answer questions like "How many tons do you typically harvest?" but feel free to do some research on that. You can see, we have filled one tractor trailer load above. There are days when we fill 20 tractor trailers. The cannery tells us how many loads they need per day based on who else in the region is also harvesting. 

Rules:
1. The guess must be posted here in the comments section of the blog.
2. Family & employees are excluded from the contest (sorry Mom & Ernie).
3. I will only ship to a US address.
4. If you are the winner and you are outside of the USA, I will ship it to a friend or family of your choice in the USA or will donate it on your behalf to our local food pantry.
5. Harvest usually takes about 3 weeks, depending on Mother Nature and how well the equipment runs. Sorry I can't give you an "award" date but let's say by early September I should have all the harvest data and can determine a winner around that time. I will update the timeframe on facebook and twitter so you know when we are approaching the end of harvest. 
6. I will close the comment section when the last tractor trailer load of tomatoes leaves the farm. No entries will be accepted after than.
7. That's more rules than I had expected to come up with....

Now... Post your guess in the comments section here on the blog! The person closest to the number of pounds that we harvest wins! Happy guessing!

22 comments:

  1. 3.5 to 4 million pounds?

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    1. 1250 25 lb. boxes / acre x 150 acres (+ 1 lb for good measure)

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  3. 22,800,000 pounds - according to Safford Agricultural Center roma type tomatoes can yield 76 tons per acre

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  4. We can smell your tomatoes being canned at Furmano Foods this morning. The wind is from the north today.

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  5. No idea, but I will guess 5,614,000 lbs
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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    1. Lorain - You Win! You came the closest to the 7,208,800 pounds of harvested tomatoes!

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  8. 16,500,000 In your 2012 blog post, you said your crop was around 44 tons an acre. You said this was an above-average year, so I'm rounding up to 50 tons an acre.
    Regardless of who wins, holycraptomatoes.

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  9. Harvest UPDATE: we "should" finish tomato harvest this tuesday Sept 2nd! Stay tuned!

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  10. Another update... we did NOT finish tomato harvest yesterday :(

    Cross your fingers we finish today!

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  11. We finished tomato harvest! Guesses are closed. Once I have all the weight info from the cannery, a winner will be announced!.

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  12. The results are in.... 3604.4 tons of tomatoes harvested x 2000 lbs = 7,208,800 pounds of tomatoes picked this year! Congrats Bill & Lorain Giles for guessing the closest!

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  13. a tomato garden, I love it. how to cook with tomatoes efficient, you can share recipes with tomatoes.

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  14. I have no clue how much weight you guys harvested but I am sure it is a lot of tomatoes. Probably more than I could ever consume. Looks like you had your work cut out. But what a reward it must have been. A plentiful harvest is always a gift from god. Keep up the posting and thank you again.

    Heidi Sutton @ Ag Source Magazine

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