Did tomatoes or Terry Ford put Ripley...

Did tomatoes or Terry Ford put Ripley on the culinary map?

There are 15 comments on the The Jackson Sun story from Aug 7, 2013, titled Did tomatoes or Terry Ford put Ripley on the culinary map?. In it, The Jackson Sun reports that:

Just when you thought you had seen it all, the famous Ripley tomatoes were in abundance at the annual summer Ripley Tomato Festival, with thousands of people celebrating their harvest.

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Beech Bluff, TN

#1 Aug 9, 2013
I'm going with tomatoes...

Ripley, TN

#3 Aug 9, 2013
left-in-55 wrote:
I'm going with meth, drinking, sex, gossip, southern culture, hate, racism, KKK, lies, trailors, "entitlements", unemployment, laziness, uneducated, poverty, etc,
I hardly ever even go to the website but after seeing your post on the healthcare center rape I now see you are trying to tear Ripley down again. Are you that sick that you spent your days on here spewing such?

United States

#4 Aug 9, 2013
Once again another post getting hijacked.
Try this

Ripley, TN

#5 Aug 9, 2013
If no one would respond to Left-In-55 then he would only be talking to himself. So lets all stick together and let him rant and rave to his dumbazz self. Ya never know, one day he might just pack up and move on.
"Stranger Things Have Happened"
Old Timer

Ripley, TN

#7 Aug 9, 2013
Try this>>>> We must have ESP because that is what I have decided to do, just ignore him. Hopefully IT will go away!!!!

“Old Dinner Bell”

Since: Mar 13

" Home Sweet Home "

#8 Aug 9, 2013
Since I haven't heard of Terry Ford, I vote for tomatoes.
And We enjoyed our visit and time spent at the Tomato Festival last month.
Thanks Ripley!

Madisonville, KY

#10 Aug 9, 2013
left-in-55 wrote:
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Old Timer:
You don't have ESP. You don't know what that is. You just have abysmal ignorance, a mentally handicapped cripple.
You have to be one severe sick person to just keep spouting that garbage from you mouth. One day you are going to have to meet the maker upstairs and I am curious as to what you will tell him at that time.
well oh well

United States

#12 Aug 9, 2013
defense wrote:
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You have to be one severe sick person to just keep spouting that garbage from you mouth. One day you are going to have to meet the maker upstairs and I am curious as to what you will tell him at that time.
Stone Cold

Brownsville, TN

#14 Aug 10, 2013
L.I. 55 You must want to move back to ripley but I think you need to stay in your little hole D.H.
Stone Cold

Brownsville, TN

#17 Aug 11, 2013
you just stay in your hole 55
Fellow Riplian

Ripley, TN

#21 Aug 13, 2013
Tomatoes....tomatoes put Riley on the culinary map. Seriously, Jackson Sun, did you bother to fact check anything in this article or just take someone's word for it when you interviewed him? If only you knew the REAl Terry Ford. Hands down one of the worst articles I've ever read.
here-in 71

Blytheville, AR

#22 Aug 13, 2013
left-in-55 wrote:
<quoted text>
O how dense your are!!!~ I've already told you I don't have a sister. You really are dense, stupid, and have lost your memory. Could be the meth and booze.
Is Joyce still trying to take care of you?
I thought

Dyersburg, TN

#23 Aug 13, 2013
It was strawberries

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#25 Oct 6, 2013
I thought knows the long years' ago history. Ripley used to be the strawberry capital, way before Humbolt.
But now, tomatoes have made Ripley famous. But with the hot house treatment, most of the real taste has been taken away. So many that are purchased taste like cardboard, and not what comes from "homegrown" anymore.
When we lived in the Keys, our favorite produce place would hang their sign annually-RIPLEY TN TOMATOES NOW HERE---We would be first in line for a taste of home.

And Old Man-B-ville, Terry Ford has long ago ties to Julia Child in culinary interests. She even came to Ripley to visit him once. But that is the only claim to fame of which I am aware he has to put this town on the map. Believe he enters recipes during the Tomato Festival. But in reading his fried green tomatoes, believe I like mine better....but that is a personal taste.

And growing up, the Caldwell's put sugar on sliced ripe tomatoes. It took a while to learn to eat them with salt after becoming a Coughlan....However, sugar brings out the flavor, especially when cooking. But I recall, my daddy would even sprinkle sugar over his salads if they had tomatoes in them...but then he liked liverwurst and hershey bar sandwiches...yuk.

“Old Dinner Bell”

Since: Mar 13

" Home Sweet Home "

#26 Oct 6, 2013
Thanks for the history lesson, OX. In the spring, our stores get hot house tomatoes from Granger County, Tn. A search showed the county (in eastern Tn.) is famous for their tomatoes, too. They are far better than the Mexican variety that are also early, but not as good as Ripley's.
When we were in Ripley in July, we stoped at a vegetable stand and I jokingly asked the lady if they had any Granger tomatoes, and she didn't know what I was talking about.

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