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Dundee farmer harvests tomato crop with pride

A farmer’s hands may be dirty and rough from the time spent in the fields, but they certainly tell a tale. It’s a story of pride, hard work, and dedication – all evidenced by hands that are also gentle as they nurture the soil and plants – and strong when a challenge arises.

At least that’s the case for Tye Thompson, a produce farm who lives in Dundee. His hands are dirty, cracked, and scaly, said his wife, Holly. The couple just married in May. 

The Thompsons, who operate Tye's Fresh Produce stands, have 340 indeterminate tall vine tomato plants and 480 determinate bushy tomato plants which they cultivated from just tiny seeds.

“I am very fussy about my tomatoes," Tye said. "Also, I am the only one that picks them.” While Tye filled five-gallon buckets with freshly picked tomatoes, we talked about the quality and the perfect hue for his homegrown produce.  

Tye, who smiled as he said the variety he uses is a secret, loves the fact his customers cannot wait for his early tomatoes. The tomatoes are sold by the quart at a couple of his produce mobile wagon stands, which are located on Ann Arbor Road north of Dundee and near Tractor Supply on M-50 in Dundee. 

“My customers were notified that the early tomatoes are at the stands on Saturday's by Facebook” said Tye. “The response has been they are so happy to finally have early fresh tomatoes.”

A farmer's hands can be dirty, but the hard work pays off. “The customers are so happy eating the early tomatoes," Tye said. "This keeps me going." 

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