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Mar 5, 2007 05:50 AM

Found a good alternative to Glen Muir in Canada

As you all know, the Glen Muir tomatoes aren't available in Toronto right now (maybe anymore).

The Ontario Organics available at Whole Foods, however, are a pretty darn good replacement. The cans are lined (similiarly to the GM ones) so there's no tinny taste.

Did a taste comparison last night with our last can of GMs vs the OOs -- and I am very happy with the results of the OOs. Even better than the $8.99 bottle of Rao's

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  1. orangewasabi, are you talking about canned tomatoes or bottled pasta sauce?

    As for Muir Glen, with the exception of their fire-roasted tomatoes, I hadn't been using their products for years. I find Thomas' Utopia canned whole tomatoes to be much more flavourful and less acidic than the Muir Glen tomatoes. The Utopia cans are lined, as well.

    Thomas' Utopia is a label which uses Roma tomatoes grown at Kerr Farms in Chatham, Ontario. According to a Kerr Farms representative whom I met last week at a Slow Food Toronto conference, the farm is on the same latitude as Rome, Italy which, he claims, accounts for the great flavour of their tomatoes.

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    1. re: FlavoursGal

      i was going to say, thomas' is my go to and one of the products i can definitely convince anyone that organic is better in taste. they're so flavourful and unbelieveably naturally sweet for just pure tomato and sometimes a little salt. love to use the stuff and.. admittedly... eat it straight out of the can.

      1. re: FlavoursGal

        I'm talking canned. I didn't know about the Thomas' Utopias though. Will definately have to try them. that's fascinating about the latitude. thanks much,

        awww, there was a slow food toronto conference last week? I need to pay more attention and get out from under this rock I must live under.

        1. re: orangewasabi

          orangewasabi, here's Slow Food Toronto's website. You can become a member or just sign up to be on the mailing list. I urge everyone to support this organization.

          1. re: FlavoursGal

            thanks -- going to Bra for the big cheese event is on my lifetime wish list, but it's awesome to find a local group too.

        2. re: FlavoursGal

          Don't want to sound like a curmudgeon (but I find it increasingly difficult not to :) ), but if latitude has anythig to do with I'll eat my hat. Climate and soil will have more effect than latitude!

          1. re: bluedog

            Notice I wrote, "...same latitude as Rome, Italy which, he claims,...", my emphasis on "he claims."

            I have my own doubts, as well, bluedog. Kerr Farms' literature states, "Our farms are located on the same latitude as Rome, Italy so there is little wonder that our delicious, deep red Roma tomatoes grow so well in our part of Southern Ontario (Chatham)."

            1. re: FlavoursGal

              I agree with you. Marketing ploy for sure! But hey if they taste good...

              1. re: FlavoursGal

                "You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here." - Elf (2003).


            2. re: FlavoursGal

              Chatham 42° 24' N
              Rome 41° 48' N
              Cleveland 41° 24' N

              Cleveland is closer. But I'm with Bluedog: Does this really have anything to do with good tomatoes? Are the tomatoes in Cleveland therefore better than those from Chatham?


              1. re: FlavoursGal

                Utopia just came out in Feb with a Fire Roasted version of their Organic Toms ! Yay

              2. Could you tell me where to get the Thomas' Utopia product?

                Sounds fantastic!

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                1. re: garlicscapes

                  It's available at Whole Foods and natural foods stores. I'm not sure whether Loblaws is still carrying it since they came out with their Presidents Choice line of organic tomatoes.

                  They've got a full line-up of products - whole, diced, crushed, and paste.

                  1. re: FlavoursGal

                    Can anyone tell how the Thomas tomatoes compare with the PC organics?

                  2. re: garlicscapes

                    Also available at the Big Carrot.

                    I thought it was just me. When I first tried these, I was blown away by how flavourful they were. Much better than Glen Muir and better than any other canned tomatoes I've ever tried.

                  3. Hi all,

                    I work for Kerr Farms and it's great to see that so many of you enjoy our tomatoes. I just wanted to clarify about the "the farm is on the same latitude as Rome, Italy which, he claims, accounts for the great flavour of their tomatoes."

                    It is true that we are on the same latitude as Rome, but the main reason for the great taste is that Bob Kerr fertilizes and remineralizes the soil so that the soil maintains the ideal balance of nutrients to support healthy crop growth.

                    The significance of the same latitutude is the length of the growing season.

                    Hope that helped. Cheers!

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                    1. re: Christina_KerrFarms

                      See my comments above about your latitude.


                    2. Technically we are less than one degree apart. So, you're right we aren't Exactly on the same latitude but close. The taste of the tomatoes has more to do with the soil and climate. The latitude allows a long enough growing season for the tomatoes to reach full ripeness.

                      From now on we'll use the words "approximately same latitude"