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Jun 20, 2007 05:40 AM

Heirloom tomatoes in the Triangle

Fresh market in Cary has them. They are expensive at close to $5 per pound, but they have great flavor. They were the best tomatoes I've had since last summer.

Another good place to look for non commercial varieties is the Raleigh Farmer's Market. Several of the vendors have German Johnson tomatoes in the back of their stands. Look for them or ask each vendor if they have them. Remember, ugly is good when it comes to tomatoes.

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  1. I picked up some Cherokee Purples in Carrboro. Not exactly the Triangle, but not a bad drive.

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    1. re: Westy

      Lions farm stand on six forks has had Cherokee Purples and German Johnson in past years, at a much better price then Fresh Market or whole paychecks

      1. re: chazzer

        Just reporting where I had actually seen them this year.

        1. re: blewgo

          While many restaurants will feature heirlooms, I know that Zely & Ritz has a particular angle. One of the owners has a farm and raises heirlooms, such as Cherokee Purple, there.

          The person who introduced the Cherokee Purple to the market lives in the Triangle. Craig LeHoullier is one of the nation's experts on tomato growing and is a quite interesting guy. Here's a link to his site:

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            It's still a couple of weeks away according to most I talk to. Today's rain coupled with sun should pop them minecly.