Every year we fret and worry about putting tomatoes out too early. We still could have a freeze–it has happened. A 4″ tomato costs two and a half bucks, a fancy cup of coffee costs more than that! So what have you got to gain by planting tomatoes early? A longer season of tomatoes! Tomatoes rarely drop below $1.99 a pound these days. My point is that it makes economic sense not to wait, go ahead, live dangerously, take the gamble of planting your tomatoes now. Tomatoes can survive a light freeze. In the event of a hard freeze, all you have to lose is the price of a cup of coffee!