This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
Tomatoes are packed in various ways for market. Around London these fruits are put up in half-bushel baskets holding about 20 lb. each, and are graded into firsts and seconds, and often into "smalls" or "thirds". In the Channel Islands small handle baskets (fig. 498) holding 12 lb. are made up, the fruit being covered with paper and tied down. Enormous quantities are shipped to the London and provincial markets during the season, the prices returned to the growers varying from 1 1/2d. to 3d. or 4d. per pound less commission and charges for empties, etc, which often come to as much as 20 per cent. When the prices are low the growers therefore receive but little benefit for their labour.