Due to the combo of agribusiness, foreign imports and megamart distribution practices I've come to expect 49 weeks of consistently mediocre tomatoes in the market, even here in California.
However this year appears to be different. After two or three weeks of better, cheaper (presumably more local) tomatoes, prices have more than doubled *instantly* everyplace and the quality is consistently and astonishingly BAD everyplace!
What is going on? Did someone empty or manipulate the pipeline?