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Anyone Seen Heirloom Tomatoes in Farmer's Markets?

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Any heads up on when they will be at the local farmer's markets? The ones I've been seeing in Encino Fm or at the Supermarkets are pretty tastelss. I am waiting for Munak farms in SM!

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  1. I've seen a few at the Jaime Farms stand in Pasadena. They had 'em a few weeks ago, but not this past week (at least, not by the time I got there). I would imagine we'll be seeing them any day now.

    1. Heirlooms have been available at the Wednesday SM 2nd st market for a couple of weeks, but I haven't tried them yet.

      1. They've also been available for a couple of weeks at the SM Pico farmer's market. I've been eating one for lunch most days and they're very tasty!

        1. I've been wondering that myself! I didn't see any in Pasadena and that's a pretty big market.

          1. I just got back from the SM farmer's market and saw several stands with heirlooms.

            1. I bought some on Sunday in the Palisades and they're great.

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              1. re: yogachik

                Bought some today at Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Delicious!

              2. It does seem like they are late this year. I planted half a dozen heirlooms in early March and I'm seeing new fruit just this week.

                1. munak had them today. it's still early, though. maryann carpenter at coastal organics says her grape tomatoes are just starting to come on ... and they usually ripen 2-3 weeks ahead of the big push for regular-sized tomatoes.

                  1. I just bought some last Tuesday at the Farmer's Market in Torrance. Don't know how they taste yet. I'm going to try them this weekend and see how they taste.

                    1. At the Calabasas market (Saturday 8:30 - 1, across the street from the Sagebrush Cantina) one vendor -- and one only -- has had them for the past two or three weeks.

                      1. Me too! It's been a long wait since last year for Munak... as a slight consoliation, my favorite dry-farming apricot people showed up last week (Cirone farms, I think?), which spells good things for the coming weeks.

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                        1. re: downtowner08

                          The old guy at Munak farms (Paso Robles) came back at the Wed SM market! He's got his usual staple of celebrity variety & assorted heirlooms including brandywine & pineapple. They looked a bit small & anemic though so I passed. Tomatoes don't usually get really sweet until August imo. Beylik & Tutti Frutti has had some heirlooms for the past several weeks too (though I haven't been impressed with the depth of flavor of either of there's). I believe Windrose also grows many different heirlooms but only sells to the trade because they're not allowed to sell tomatoes to the public at the SM Market due to competition with longer-standing vendors.

                        2. I've been buying the ones from Tutti Frutti at the HW market. They're not the best heirlooms I've had, and they're certainly not pretty, but at $3/lb it's good enough for me. After the Maldon, fresh pepper, basil, and EVO treatment they're about 95% as good as the most expensive heirlooms I've had.

                          1. They are available but they aren't quite at their peek yet. I bought my first ones this week at Tuti Tuti.