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Tomato throwdown: Crystal Springs, Mississippi

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"There's something about growing up in the south. You appreciate stuff that's home grown."

"I eat a mato sandwich. Put some tomato and mayonnaise and it's good. Better than a store you can throw those down and they bounce."

"It really drove the economy. Tomatoes and the other vegetables as well. This was known as a truck farming town. In fact, the bank here was called Truckers Exchange Bank."

"Years ago, this used to be the depot where all your tomatoes were shipped in and out of. We grew more tomatoes more than anything else here"

"Really?"

"So there, we know what we're doing."

"So you really think yours are better?"

"Yes sir I do."

"Because it's from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, that's why it's better. Around here we know what we're doing when it comes to growing a tomato."

"They have a right to claim to be better because the tomatoes around here were shipped to New York, Chicago and all over the country. It's in the soils here are very conducive to tomato production."

"A tomato grown here just taste better than anywhere else. It's really spectacular here."

"That's the only thing it can be because the do the same thing everyone else does. It's strictly the ground."

"So the plants themselves for the most part came here from elsewhere but they really thrive in this soil we have here and produce a better product than if grown somewhere else."

"You can tell the difference if they come out of a hot house and if they come out of a garden. You just know the difference. The people in Crystal Springs just somehow know what they're doing when it comes to tomatoes. We even make tomato pie, come on now!"

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