US grower opts for open field cultivation

"You can tell it's not from a hothouse'

Randy Katz lives on a 3½-acre farm tucked behind Copley High School’s football stadium. He has 540,000 bees and lots of plants to keep them busy. They love Katz and all his gardens.

“You name it, I grow it,” said the retired scrap yard owner who is now the Summit County apiary inspector. “Flowers, tomatoes and peppers.”

In early August, Vaccaro wanted to check out the tomato plants that Katz had been nurturing all summer. They were grown from Italian seeds.

“I’m excited for the tomatoes,” said Vaccaro as we walked past nine bustling hives. “I’ve got tomatoes in three places,” said Katz. “We’re going to do basil next year.”

“There’s a time around the end of August and first part of September when the tomatoes are so good you can’t get enough of them,” he explained. “They have really good flavor. You can tell it's not from a hothouse.”

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