WEBB CITY, MO.--- Tim Green has the perfect last name for being a farmer.
"Green thumb. LIierally do since I was pruning tomatoes," states Green.
He lives in Galena and is growing tomatoes in November. He's able to do that because they're inside what he calls a "hoop house". The roof is made of plastic and keeps the inside a balmy 81 degrees. He has the market on winter tomatoes at the Webb City Farmers Market.
"Your customers really love you in the the winter, " states Green
Having a fresh local tomato in winter can be rare.
"Yeah it gives you a good price if you're the only one that's got em.You gotta keep these things heated when it's cold," states Green.
He's one of the only ones in the area with a hoop house. The building is a bit different than a green house. For instance the plants are growing in the ground and you can ventilate the building for air. Also the building can survive a show storm.
"We've had tomatoes in here when it's 15 below," states Green
If snow gets on the roof, he does have a solution.
"We just keep the fan off that keeps it blown up and it's melted snow from the heat," states Green.
Green says there's a trick to growing a good tomato.
"That's what we feed em, compound crap," says Green.
People can tell the difference.
"We you tell people. What do you fertilize with, well start out with compound cow manure, mmm that's what we like," states Green.