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    Tomatoes on the vine in various stages of ripeness.

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    As the sign says, it's always tomato season at Backyard Farms.

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    Employees work to sort and pack tomatoes for shipping.

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    Backyard Farms Executive Vice President Tim Cunniff, holding the fruit of the company's labor, talks about the operation.

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    Employees work in one of the massive greenhouses at Backyard Farms.

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    Grow lights are used in the grow houses to make up for an absence of sunlight.

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    A vine of tomatoes is clipped at Backyard Farms.

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    Tomatoes are placed in cardboard crates after harvesting.

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    Tomatoes are defined and sorted before being prepared for shipping.

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    Backyard Farms head grower Arie van der Giessen discusses the growing process in of the farm's massive greenhouses.

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    Measured while driving by in a vehicle, one of the greenhouses at Backyard Farms is more than two-10ths of a mile long.

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    Tomatoes on the vine are boxed and ready for shipping at Backyard Farms in Madison.

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