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Gassed tomato

That's a Fact!

Traveling tomatoes are picked green and then gassed with ethylene prior to shipping.

Mature-green tomatoes are normally treated with 100 to 150 ppm of ethylene for 24 to 48 hours at 68 to 77 degrees F before shipment to assure uniform ripening. Repacking may be required if color development is not uniform.

Le Strange, Michelle; Schrader, Wayne L.; Hartz, Timothy K. (2000). Fresh Market Tomato Production in California. University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Regents of the University of California.

Resources for Eating Locally

farmers market
Good food is closer than you think!

Portland area resources

Chefs Collaborative Portland Chapter
Promotes sustainable cuisine in Portland by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisan cooking.

Edible Portland
A quarterly publication that promotes the abundance of local foods in the greater Portland area. Intended for those who are interested in eating delicious, locally grown, and seasonal foods.

Food Alliance
Look for the Food Alliance seal when you shop.

Growing Gardens
Learn more about gardening from this Portland-based organization.

Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association
All about farmers’ markets in Oregon.

Oregon Tilth
Learn more about Oregon’s organic farmers. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state for organic farmers, gardeners and consumers.

Portland Community Gardens
Too small of a yard for your own garden? Rent a plot from one of Portland’s 30 community gardens located throughout the city.

Slow Food Portland
A local chapter of Slow Food USA, an educational organization dedicated to ecologically sound food production and reviving the kitchen and the table as the centers of pleasure, culture, and community.

A Tale of Two Tomatoes
Read about the adventures of Local Lucy and Traveling Tom, and learn about the importance and benefits of eating local and seasonal foods.

Regional and national resources

Eat Local Challenge
A group blog written by authors who are interested in the benefits of eating food grown and produced in their local foodshed. Read their "10 Reasons to Eat Local Food".

Food Routes.org
Where does your food come from?

The Local Foods Wheel
Identify what foods are grown in the San Francisco Bay Area, and what is in season at various times of the year.

Local Harvest
A comprehensive directory of farmers' markets, farm stands, U-Pick Farms and CSA programs to help consumers find local food.

A San Francisco-based group dedicated to eating foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of home for one month. Explains why to eat locally and offers suggested guidelines.

Renewing America's Food Traditions - RAFT
Dedicated to rescuing America’s diverse foods and food traditions.



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Ecotrust Salmon Nation The Eat Local Challenge was originally introduced in 2005 by Ecotrust, Portland Farmers Market, the Portland Chapter of the Chefs Collaborative, Sauvie Island Organics, Celilo Group Media, People’s Farmers Market and Plate & Pitchfork, with financial support from New Seasons Market, Hot Lips Pizza, Burgerville and Shorebank Pacific. This version has been modified for year-round use by Ecotrust’s Food & Farms program.