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anyone know where to buy a bushel of organic tomatoes

snoobie Aug 20, 2005 07:01 PM

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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    qwerty Aug 20, 2005 10:39 PM

    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
      qwerty Aug 20, 2005 10:41 PM

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

      1. re: qwerty
        DishyDiva Aug 21, 2011 05:35 AM

        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
          justpete Aug 21, 2011 09:51 AM

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

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            ylsf Aug 21, 2011 06:25 PM

            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
              justpete Aug 21, 2011 08:53 PM

              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
                ylsf Aug 22, 2011 08:23 AM

                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
                  justpete Aug 22, 2011 08:32 AM

                  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
                jayt90 Aug 22, 2011 07:19 AM

                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
                  justpete Aug 22, 2011 08:20 AM

                  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
                    Kagemusha Aug 22, 2011 08:57 AM

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

                    1. re: Kagemusha
                      justpete Aug 22, 2011 09:04 AM

                      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
                        Kagemusha Aug 22, 2011 09:07 AM

                        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
                          justpete Aug 22, 2011 09:45 AM

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

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        woowoo Aug 20, 2005 07:13 PM

        Wow foods (www.mywowbox.com) 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.

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