After all, this is our home, too. Our tomatoes are Made in the U.S.A. and many of our growers have been farming land in Florida for generations. Florida naturally provides the ideal environment for growing tomatoes—particularly the warm temperatures required to cultivate this special fruit.
Our state’s tomato industry is believed to have started in the 1870s. And today, Florida’s tomato growers farm about 40,000 acres across the Sunshine State. Directly or indirectly, our growers support an estimated 30,000 jobs.
Florida is the nation’s largest producer of fresh tomatoes—nearly 1 billion pounds annually with an estimated value of $300 to 400 million dollars every year. With almost every southern county in the state harvesting tomatoes, Florida produces virtually all the fresh-market, field-grown tomatoes in the US from October through June each year.