Last night I ate a $8 tomato. Now it was good, not sublime, but good. What it reminded me of was tomato's from when I was around 8 or 9. My grandfather was the cook and on Sunday night we would have a Pot Roast or something and he would make some pan gravy. My grandmother would have gotten a tomato from 'the egg man' who would drive around the west Philadelphia neighborhood and deliver various goods from local farms. The tomato was sliced and served on a small plate with salt and pepper. They were very refreshing and tasty.
The tomato last night was maybe 2 inches in diameter, very small.
Industrialized Agriculture is a big problem. Tomato's are virtually tasteless, and there seems to be only one variety. I remember there being at least 10 different kinds in the regular supermarket. Now there seems to be only one, perhaps 2 on special. When the dollar a pound plain old ordinary tomato that we used to eat with dinner some 20 or 30 years ago is $8 and treated like a luxury item we are in trouble.
Go visit your local farmers market before you are paying $8 for a tomato.
(if anyone has a better list of local markets please post it)