U-pick tomatoes cheap and plentiful at Hunsader Farms

jbartolone@bradenton.comMay 14, 2014 

David Hunsader picks a tub of tomatoes out at Hunsader Farms in this 2011 file photo. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

PAUL VIDELA — Paul Videla

EAST MANATEE -- The tomato picking's good right now at Hunsader Farms.

"There's so many red ones," said David Hunsader, president and owner of the family farm on County Road 675, after a Wednesday trip to the fields with his workers.

So many, in fact, Hunsader is urging people to come take them off his hands.

"The prices are so cheap right now and we haven't been able to sell them all," Hunsader said.

So, for $2 a bucket or bag -- up to 25 pounds -- the public can come pick their own tomatoes from 200 rows on the farm's sprawling fields from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Hunsader Farms, best known for its annual fall festival, offers a variety of fruits, vegetables and other products at its farmers market. But the u-pick tomatoes will only be available until about June 1, Hunsader said.

Hunsader Farms was started in 1967 by David Hunsader's father, Donald, and two uncles, at 5500 Country Road 675.

Call the farm market at 941-322-2168 or its u-pick hotline at 941-331-1212 for more information.

Jason Bartolone, East Manatee Editor, can be reached at 941-745-7011. Follow him on Twitter@JasonBartolone.

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