Dry farming is practice that has been used for hundreds of years. Farmers in areas where the water table is high and the soil composition and fertility are well managed have used this practice to not only conserve water but to produce fruit and vegetables that have maximum flavor and are longer lasting. Once tomato plants have been transplanted into the ground they are watered once or twice to settle them into the soil. Then they are no longer irrigated and must search for the water below them. This results in a tomato that has the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The only drawback for the farmer is a lower yield of fruit per plant but the quality is worth that trade off.
Although Ella Bella Farm is new to Southern Oregon, we have been dry farming tomatoes and growing a wide variety of berries and vegetables for over twenty years. We have found that tomatoes grown this way have delicious flavor, exceptional texture and have an extended shelf life. The appeal of a dry farm tomato is irresistible.