Sclafani Organic Hand Picked Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes are processed in small batches for flavor. The next best tomato to the fresh picked one from your garden is the one you jarred and preserved when your garden’s bounty was too much for fresh consumption. Our hand picked tomatoes avoid the industrial setting full of compromises where canners buy by the pound and growers are incentivized to deliver high volume machine picked hard solid tomatoes. If you think a garden’s sudden bounty can be nerve wracking, just consider the anxious farmers with truckloads of tomatoes sitting outside of a canning facility operating twenty four hours a day trying to process as best as they can an intense arrival of raw fruit. This pressure to process huge quantities in a short period of time requires large batches at really high flavor killing temperatures. We only source from small batch suppliers who buy from small farms where the tomatoes are hand picked because of flavor and product integrity reasons. One of these farms was certified organic so that we can offer authentic fully certified organic product from our best packer.