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Aug 20, 2005 07:01 PM

anyone know where to buy a bushel of organic tomatoes

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We would like to buy a bushel of tomatoes and would like organic tomatoes if possible to make sauce. We can't seem to find any organic tomatoes. If not organic tomatoes, does anyone know where the tomatoes in bushels are of good quality.

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  1. Wow foods ( sells bushels of organic tomatoes when they are in season. It is still a little early for local tomatoes, so you can check the web site every week or contact them directly to see when bushels are available.

    1. A farmer at Dufferin Grove organic market sells organic tomatoes suitable for sauce (the "plum" San Marzano variety) by the bushel. You can order from him and he brings it to the market or you can pick it up from his farm.

      Here is info from the Dufferin Grove park website. I am pretty sure his name is Ted Thorpe (scroll to the bottom of the page).

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      1. re: qwerty

        Forgot to mention: I have bought from him in the last couple of years, his tomatoes make a very good sauce.

        1. re: qwerty

          I'm reviving this thread because I'm also looking for bushels of organic tomatoes, preferably in the east end of Toronto. (I can't make it to the Duffering Grove market). Thanks!

          1. re: DishyDiva

            Bought some yesterday at the brick works farmers market. I don't think they had any that *weren't* organic.

            1. re: justpete

              Curious what kind of pricing there are for the plum tomatoes or equivalent. Any vendors that sell by the bushel at Brickworks? Interested to see the difference between organic vs. non-organic pricing. I don't think I can convince my parents to change if the price difference is huge but if it is close maybe they will give it a shot :)

              1. re: ylsf

                I'm the wrong person to ask about prices - my apologies. I have a tendency not to pay attention - I was on a mission for Vickie's Vegetables (as I've been regularly exposed to them at Splendido) - specifically the tomatoes. I'm not certain if her prices are more than other organics or less. I also picked up some Zuchini flowers from her. :)

                I failed to consider that the OP was asking for a *bushel* of tomatoes - I'm not certain if anyone was selling them in that large of a quantity - but again, I was on a mission so I wasn't paying that much attention. I will say that there were probably 20 vendors selling organic produce. I

                88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

                1. re: justpete

                  Oh, Vickie's Vegetables are great. I was lucky enough to visit her farm when they had the tomato festival on. 100s of different variety of tomatoes available for sampling. Should be coming up again in early september (was long weekend the time I went) and I highly recommend a visit!

                  1. re: ylsf

                    She told me about it - it happens in two weeks from now.


                    Will consider going if possible - I might add that these are some of the best tomatoes I've ever had - hence the mission!

                    From that page as well -


                    $3.50 / pint
                    $5.00 / quart
                    $10.00 / 3 Litre

                2. re: ylsf

                  Last week I bought two organic tomatoes for $7.50 at the Wed. U of T Scarboro farmers mkt. I was astounded; I wouldn`t bother looking for a bushel of organics, unless it was late in the season and they needed to sell at a reduced price.
                  Highland Farms has bushel boxes of canning tomatoes from Simcoe county, but the price was not displayed. Last year they were just under $20.

                  Highland Farms
                  850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                  Highland Farms
                  3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA

                  1. re: jayt90

                    That's insane. I know that they weren't that expensive at Brick Works - I was paying *that* much attention. I would estimate that I paid $5 for a handful of Organic Tomatoes - both large and small.

                    1. re: justpete

                      There around 35 liters in a bushel, so even if she had organic romas that would be a bit pricey...

                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        True, but a) if I was buying that many, I think I'd just grow my own, and b) I'm pretty sure she would do volume discounts - as evidenced by her pricing scheme.

                        1. re: justpete

                          You need to price a bushel of non-organic romas sometime. Grow your own? C'mon. You're the one shopping at the Brickworks, right?

                          1. re: Kagemusha

                            The key part of my previous statement being, "if I was buying that many".

        2. I would like to know how much a bushel of organic tomatoes cost in Ontario