Tomatoes are some of the most versatile fruits. They are the base for many sauces and soups. They're packed full of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folate, so you can feel good about adding a few extra chopped pieces on top of your salad. If you want to buy farm-fresh food, you can feel good about supporting your local farmers when you purchase from a farmer's market or grocery store that stocks produce from nearby farms.
In order to grow, the temperature of tomato plants must be maintained. The plants thrive in warmer weather and do best at a steady temperature between 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If the plants become too cold, they are susceptible to blossom drops: which is when the plant's flowers fall off before any fruit is produced. In order to prevent this, many farmers plant their tomatoes inside greenhouses, which allow for easy temperature control. Unfortunately, many United Kingdom farmers cannot maintain their greenhouses due to a gas shortage.
Shoppers in the United Kingdom have gas shortages to thank for slimmer produce offerings. The nation has been affected by a tomato shortage, and people are struggling to find the fruits in their local grocery stores. One Twitter user shared a photo of their supermarket with several empty tomato shelves, captioned with "Not loving this tomato shortage we're having in the UK right now."
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