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Inexpensive but good heirloom tomatoes on the westside or midcity?

Dyspepsia Jun 14, 2008 02:45 PM

Not Trader Joe's -what a joke, no flavor -just bitterness. And aside, don't bother with their "organic" apricots -no flavor and the consistency of paste although they're deceptively pretty to look at.

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    fooddude37 Jun 15, 2008 04:09 PM

    Agree here. There's just no substitution for farmer's market. I was buying the ridiculously expensive Japanese tomatoes from Beylik farms for a while at 4.50/lb and then Tutti Frutti started offering their ugly but delicious heirlooms at the Hollywood FM for 3/lb.

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      dtud Jun 15, 2008 12:51 AM

      i agree with the TJ's teardrop tomato suggestion - those are quite good.

      and while not inexpensive (i've never really seen an inexpensive tomato, much less an inexpensive heirloom tomato) -- i've had some good luck with whole foods. it's hit or miss but they often have a few more varieties than ralphs/vons/tjs.

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        Emme Jun 15, 2008 01:31 AM

        agree w/ whole foods, but they're certainly not cheap.

        that said, last summer i bought varieties of them from pavillion's/von's when they were on sale for like three months for 2.99/lb down from 5.99/lb normally.

      2. Emme Jun 14, 2008 08:07 PM

        I got a box at Trader Joe's that were pretty damn good. So are their teardrop tomatoes

        On the other hand, I got a box of Heirloom mini/grape tomoatoes, they were horrible.

        As a side note, Costco has outstanding mini grape/teardrop tomatoes!

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          bulavinaka Jun 14, 2008 03:54 PM

          Like the others say, go to your nearest farmers market. The summer heirlooms are just starting to trickle out now but by next month you should be wading in them. I don't know what inexpensive is to you, but I've noticed the prices have gone up like everything else. If I recall, I saw some nice tomatoes at the SM Saturday market on Arizona two weeks ago for $3-4/lb, and those were just "regular" tomatoes (don't recall the variety). Hopefully the prices will drop down as the season picks up...

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            posh Jun 14, 2008 03:45 PM

            I think heirloom tomatoes are one of those things that just aren't worth getting anywhere other than a farmer's market. I've had them from a few supermarkets and they might have been styrofoam.

            There still an afternoon farmer's market on Thursday afternoons in west la, right?

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              yogachik Jun 14, 2008 03:00 PM

              Go to your nearest farmer's market.

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                Dyspepsia Jun 14, 2008 03:32 PM

                Right -but any thoughts on tomatoes available after 2:00pm or on days when I can't get to a farmer's market?

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                  Servorg Jun 14, 2008 04:10 PM

                  You should check out Marina Farms in Mar Vista.

                  Marina Farms
                  5454 S Centinela Ave
                  Los Angeles, CA 90066
                  (310) 827-3049

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                    Epicure Jun 15, 2008 10:27 PM

                    The Culver City farmers' market, Tuesdays from 2-7, is perfect for after work and currently has one stand with very respectable, not overpriced heirloom tomatoes (as well as divine beefsteak tomatoes and Persian cucumbers).

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