Why buy canned tomatoes when you can grow your own?

The Journal Sentinel has spoiled one company’s “tease and reveal” advertising strategy by revealing just what will be unveiled on the billboard along I-94 that currently has some giant red tomatoes on it. It’s for a company that sells canned tomatoes, which is a legitimate undertaking. And there is something to be said for the convenience of having canned tomatoes, even if the flavor is rather lacking compared to home-grown tomatoes.

So then, why not plant, grow, and can them yourself?

A friend of mine here in Milwaukee has started a good number of tomato seedlings. The transplant-ready plants available for purchase in late May. It’s a cinch to transplant them, be it into a bucket or the ground or a raised bed. And with regular watering, they should do fine.

Canning them is something that I don’t yet know how to do, but I will certainly be on the lookout for food canning and preservation classes. Even if the Awesome Depression draws to a close, the hard lesson in frugality should not be quickly forgotten. Food growing and preservation not only saves money, but it can strengthen your family, your neighborhood, and your community.

I’ll post details on the tomatoes and canning classes as soon as I have ’em.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

3 thoughts on “Why buy canned tomatoes when you can grow your own?”

  1. I and a friend are interested in taking a class in canning. I contacted both the Urban Ecology Center and Public Market. They don’t know of any classes in the near future. So I would be interested in information on a class.

  2. Thanks for the input, Chris. I may try to organize something for this summer or early fall. We definitely want to be able to do it in time for the autumn canning season.

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