Taiwanese farmers discover one secret that you probably didn't know to grow sweeter tomatoes
True story! These two young Taiwanese farmers ditched their professional careers to grow tomatoes. They not only enjoy better family life now, but they have also discovered one simple and effective secret to grow better and sweeter tomatoes after their innovative experiments.
This story is real. It's not one of those incredible tales that you see from pop-up ads or spam emails. Nevertheless, when I first read about it, I had to rub my eyes too because I've never been successful at growing tomatoes. So I have personal experience to know how difficult it is to grow them.
The two young farmers in the photo, Hu Ji-Hong on the left and Huang Wen-Ching on the right, were both working in professional jobs. Hu worked for an architecture firm and has a master's degree in architecture. Huang has a master's degree in agriculture. They are also in-laws.
After a wave of stunning food scandals in Taiwan last year, Hu and Huang decided to go back home to Taichung and devote themselves to growing reliable, healthy vegetables in greenhouses. They have been working hard in all the farming chores, but they both say it's been worth it because they can spend more time with their families.
While researching different ways to increase the yield of their tomato crop, they came across the studies that have shown cows would produce more milk when listening to soothing music to reduce their stress. They decided to give it a try.
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It turned out that after trying a variety of music genres such as rock 'n roll, pop, jazz, and others, the tomatoes replied that they love classical music the best by becoming twice as sweet and ripening faster by 7 to 10 days. Huang says the tomatoes' metabolism increases when they feel the sound waves. His own mood gets lifted while working in the greenhouse and listening to music. It's truly a double gain when you get fruitful tomatoes and happy farmers, or is it happy tomatoes and prosperous farmers?
Hu and Huang named their farm "Sunshine Farm," and, judging from the photo of their sunny smiles, they have achieved their dream life. According to their Facebook page, they also grow seasonal strawberries, cantaloupes, dragon fruit, and other vegetables. It'd be worth a visit if you ever travel to Taiwan.
Now that spring has arrived, this simple secret to growing tomatoes sounds great to know and easy to try. Are you interested in trying?