Locations for Pukwana tomatoes

The Happy Hydros tomatoes grown in Pukwana by the Scholl family are available in most Lynn’s Dakotamart stores. Remember, these locally grown tomatoes are pesticide free and vine-ripened, no gassing to keep them fresh and no long-distance hauling.

Lynn’s Dakotamart stores selling the tomatoes are located in Custer, Lead, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, and Pierre. The Hot Springs store is not selling them at this time; when I called to double-check, I was told that the only hydroponic tomatoes they have are all from Canada.  The Scholl family also plans to attend the Black Hills Farmers Market in Rapid City, so watch for them there as well. The farmers’ market opens at 9:00 a.m. at Founders’ Park on West Omaha.

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All the way from…Pukwana?

These hydroponically grown tomatoes hail from Pukwana, SD

Usually the tomatoes we find sitting docilely in our grocery store’s produce section hail from Southern California, Mexico and occasionally Canada (no, I don’t know why we import tomatoes from latitudes higher than our own). But these red orbs were grown just a couple hours east of here, in Pukwana, South Dakota. I stumbled across them yesterday in Lynn’s Dakotamart in Custer.

These pesticide-free, hydroponically grown tomatoes are the product of Happy Hydros LLC, owners Mark and Teal Scholl. Unlike tomaotes grown 1500+ miles away, which are usually picked green to help them withstand shipping, these are vine-ripened and picked three times per week. You can tell the difference in the flavor; they actually taste like tomatoes and lack that mealy grocery-store texture.

So the next time you’re shopping, check your produce section for Happy Hydros; these are tomatoes you can feel good about buying.