Greenhouse-grown tomatoes provide fresh fruit during off-season

Bearden, Rebecca
July 2004
Southeast Farm Press;7/21/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 18, p6
Trade Publication
It is hard to miss the barns of farmer Prather Slay's estate gracing both sides of Highway 431 in White Plains, Alabama. Inside the red building with the words, "Slay Apple House" will reveal a small fruit stand of tomatoes. "We operate on the honor system here," says 79-year-old Slay about the direct marketing of tomatoes on his farm. Slay has been supplying the public with greenhouse-grown tomatoes from his road-side sales room since last December. This is Slay's first farming attempt with a greenhouse, after an unmanageable deer population forced him to end his apple-orchard business in East Alabama's Chambers County.


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