Arizona ranks sixth in the United States for greenhouse tomato production. But, there’s even more to Arizona agriculture’s tomato story, mostly that they are delicious!
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2017 Census of Agriculture shows Arizona hosting 61 acres of tomatoes grown in the open (The United States has 335,000+ acres), though this isn’t counting the various tomato plants you might have in your backyard garden. Plus, about 33% of Arizona’s open-grown-tomato acres are in Maricopa County and another nearly 20% grown in Yavapai County.
Also, from the 2017 Census, the United States greenhouse tomato sales were valued at $419 million. Based on the value of sales, Arizona’s $14.1 million makes our state the sixth-highest greenhouse tomato producer in the U.S., behind California, Texas, Ohio, New York, and Minnesota.
Last Saturday, Arizona Farm Bureau was on Rosie on the House during the “Farm Fresh” hour at 8:00 a.m. One of our guests to the show was Arizona Department of Agriculture Director Mark Killian. He’s also a farmer and rancher with his family and even had a few of his own tomato stories we share with you, along with all these fun Tomato facts, in the show’s podcast below.