Grow Tomatoes that Taste Better, Look Better, and are Better for You

Mark Brause is the owner of Brause Family Farm, a small-scale organic CSA program in Astoria, Oregon. Always looking for ways to maximize yield using all-natural techniques, Mark knows that one of the best ways to do this is to make sure that the soil is rich in trace minerals.

This year, Mark used Cascade Minerals remineralizing soil booster on the 37 different varieties of tomatoes that he grows in his greenhouses. The 2.75-lb beauty in the accompanying photo wasn’t even the biggest of the bunch!

So what’s the secret to growing tasty tomatoes like those you remember from your childhood? The answer has to do with minerals and trace elements.

Soil that is rich in minerals and trace elements (like magnesium, calcium, silicon and iron) produces bright red, rich-tasting and juicy fruit. If there are not enough minerals in the soil, there aren’t enough minerals in the tomatoes—and you’ll get fruit that is dull in color and in taste, much like the waxy tomatoes on the shelves of most supermarkets.

In fact, tomato plants require such a multitude of nutrients that they make the perfect benchmarks for determining the health and vitality of the soil that they grow in. Plant geneticists use tomatoes as one of their most common subjects of study.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a plant geneticist to grow a better tomato. Just add minerals and trace elements back to the soil using an all-natural remineralizing soil booster like Cascade Minerals.


Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster is made from massive basalt stones from Central Oregon’s legendary Cascade Mountains. We mill these rocks to product a finely ground, 100% natural product that releases the essential minerals and trace elements that plants and humans need to flourish.