Grainger County tomato farmers say not to worry about tomato tariffs this summer
GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. — With reports of prices potentially rising for tomatoes from Mexico, Grainger County tomato farmers say locals won't have to worry about where the tomato crops are coming from this summer.
Friday was the start of tomato season for many Grainger County farmers and they will keep harvesting until early fall. The farmers say they haven't adjusted their prices yet, but with possible tariffs, they may have to reevaluate.
Luke Stratton is the fifth generation to run Stratton Farms, and tomatoes help pay the bills.
He sells to places like Food City, Earth Fare, and local grocery stores and says when he heard talk of a potential tariff on Mexican tomatoes, he was thinking numbers.
The price increase is not official, and Stratton says while tomatoes are in season here in the South, locals shouldn't worry.
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