HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

U-pick tomatoes

c
chilihead2006 Jul 29, 2006 01:39 AM

We're looking for organic or pesticide-free farms in the Bay Area where we can pick our own tomatoes, preferrably roma or other good sauce variety...roma is our favorite. We're heading to Brentwood tomorrow to scout around, and have visited the www.pickyourown.org website for possible leads. Anyhoo...it's not clear who's got good tomatoes ready to pick. We're in San Rafael, so prefer places north or east....but I'll drive 100 miles for top quality ripe produce. ;

)

We might also be interested in a good wholesaler of same.

We're looking for approx 100 lbs.....we pulp, cook-down and freeze 'em.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!

Tom

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. w
    wally RE: chilihead2006 Jul 29, 2006 01:45 AM

    You would probably be better off waiting a couple of weeks. Everything is later this year. That means tomatoes. Romas or San Marzanos are going to be later still. What you could find now is probably Early Girls.

    5 Replies
    1. re: wally
      c
      chilihead2006 RE: wally Jul 29, 2006 02:05 AM

      Wally,

      Thanks for the quick response. We've got a few roma plants that we just started harvesting this week, so thought they might be a bit ahead in the valley. We'll proceed to Brentwood anyway just to get the lay of the land and hopefully scarf down some juicy tree-ripe peaches!

      That's the problem when you've grown your own fruit and veggies for years, as we've done...the storebought stuff all tastes like cardboard.

      I'm also looking for a source of raw, unprocessed tree-ripe black olives. Hope to process 25-50 qts this year.

      Cheers!

      Tom

      1. re: chilihead2006
        Euonymous RE: chilihead2006 Jul 29, 2006 04:09 PM

        I'm not sure whether they carry tree-ripe black olives, but I have several times bought raw, unprocessed green olives from a vendor at the Alemany Farmers' Market. I believe they also sell at the Ferry Plaza.

        E-Z Does It! Farms
        4822 Houghton Avenue
        Corning, CA 96021

        1. re: chilihead2006
          Junie D RE: chilihead2006 Jul 29, 2006 05:56 PM

          Olives will be late this year like everything else.

          Penna Olives http://www.greatolives.com/FreshOlive...

          A link from last year http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. re: chilihead2006
            Euonymous RE: chilihead2006 Jul 29, 2006 06:27 PM

            I spoke with the guy from E-Z Does It! Farms aka Nash's Olive Oil and he said that if he gets any olives at all this year the green ones will be on sale in November and the ripe ones in December.

            1. re: Euonymous
              c
              chilihead2006 RE: Euonymous Jul 31, 2006 01:09 AM

              Thank you so much for the olive leads....I'll be giving E-Z Does It a buzz to see if they can fix us up. ;)

        Show Hidden Posts