Cultivation of Tomatoes
We dry farm our non GMO tomatoes similar to grape wine production
to obtain maximum flavor. Don’t be alarmed by cracks in the tomatoes
or blemishes as long as tomatoes do not leak. Cracks develop when
they receive a lot of water that cause the tomato to expand rapidly.
Because we limit the use of pesticides unlike most tomato growers
that produce that perfect fruit, blemishes may appear. Simply remove
with a knife.
Our land is left fallow to starve soil borne nematodes. Prior to
planting our tomato seedlings, a cover crop is grown, nitrogen fixing
Crotolaria. This cover crop naturally releases toxins from its roots
that kills soil borne pest populations. Because we do not fumigate
the soil or spray pesticides, beneficial insects & natural predators
are not killed.
We bait windbreak with an attractant to lure pests away from the
Once fruit developes to golf ball size we attach mating disruptors
to the stems of the tomato plants that release the scent of the
female tomato pin worm, so male insects become confused and can’t
find the female to mate.
What makes our tomatoes most unique is when they are harvested.
Big Wave Tomatoes are picked-ripe from the garden, ready-to-eat
(90% red, color stage 6) versus most commercial tomatoes that are
picked less ripe on the vine, typically color stage 2 to 4, <10%
to 60% respectively, where growers allow them to ripen during channels
of shipping or Commodity producers that pick mature green tomatoes,
(color stage 1), then ethylene gas them for color.
North Shore Farms sun-ripened tomatoes are hand picked fresh off
the vine at the peak of and freshness for flavor, when fully ripe.
Farm To Table Tomatoes
One big advantage of the Waialua Big Wave Tomato is they are farm
to table tomatoes, where, at the time of harvest “The Redder, The
Better” according to an NBC Today Show report. “Tomatoes field grown,
exposed to more direct sunrays, picked ripe contain more cancer
fighter lycopene than tomatoes grown in a greenhouses and picked
According to a Harvard University study, eating tomatoes can reduce
the risk for certain cancers. Men that eat 10 medium tomatoes each
week, can reduce their risk of prostrate cancer by 45%.
Heating tomatoes, as in the preparation of the Tomato Confetti
recipe dish, concentrates the lycopene, when the tomato ingredient
is a picked red ripe tomato.
North Shore Farms sells 100% of what it grows. Our
Honolulu’s Country-Side, Gourmet Basics, product line, offers a
collection of gourmet preserved tomato sauces, (vacuum heat sealed),
where all the works been done for the consumer who can still be
creative in the preparation of dishes made from these jarred products.
Choices range from red & heirloom tomato sauces to a low acid
yellow Asian flavor sauce to a sweet pink tomato dietetic sugar