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Backyard Farms delays tomato shipments

Backyard Farms, New England’s largest producer of premium tomatoes, said it won’t be able to ship new produce until January and will furlough employees starting after Labor Day.

This is the second setback for the Maine company this summer, which in July had to destroy its entire crop of 420,000 tomato plants due to an infestation of whiteflies. The tomatoes are sold by about 30 retailers across New England, including Hannaford, Roche Bros., Shaw’s, Walmart, and Whole Foods.

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