These tomatoes are produced in greenhouses heated with geothermal energy.
Greenhouses which are heated with geothermal energy are set up in Sorgun, Yozgat (a city located in Central Anatolia of Turkey) in 2009.These greenhouses are used for tomato production without soil and their first crops have been harvested this year. It is reported that these tomatoes will be exported to Russia and Netherlands.
It is said that tomatoes, which are completely natural, can be produced despite -10 C (14 F) in these greenhouses with the help of geothermal heating system. Crops from these greenhouses are harvested in two months in Summer and in three months in Winter. Tomatoes were planted in October and they have crops this month. It is expected that there will be about 60 tons of tomatoes monthly. The land of these greenhouses is planned to be expanded for more harvest. It is emphasized that geothermal water, which is the most important source in these greenhouses, must be in the right level for this capacity increase.
It is stated that there is a big domestic demand for these tomatoes, so they have already been sent to big cities of Turkey like Istanbul and Ankara. Also, an agreement with Russia and Netherlands is made and these natural tomatoes will be sent to these countries too.
I hope this will also have a positive effect on tomato prices in Turkey.