SWO - Where to get 10 bushels of tomatoes?
Yes, you read it correctly. I am looking to pick or buy already picked about 10 bushels of farm tomatoes to freeze/process.
Any ideas where one can do this and what the cost is?
We are willing to drive anywhere from Windsor to Kitchener but want nice, meaty ripe ones.
Don't know about the rest of the province, but I was home in Picton this weekend and the tomatoes hadn't started yet. I talked to the folks at Hagerman's produce stall and they said the rain and lack of heat has held them up badly.
The plants are huge, and the tomatoes massive, but they are still green and hard.
I've been getting local field tomatos for 2 weeks now. Our local Sobeys had baskets from Saint. Catharines and Essex County for about a week and a half. If I were you, I'd go to one of the older farmers markets - Etobicoke, Weston or City Hall and contract with a grower for your order. Ten bushels is a very substantial order and you should see satisfaction from any producer from Essex/Kent or Niagara region.
Ideally, you'd like to be on the field to be certain you're getting vine ripened, not shelf ripened and you might be able to negotiate that as well. You can tell the real farmers at markets by their trucks. They're the ones with the farm's message in permanent rendering. If you see a magnetic sign, a rental logo, or no identification at all, just keep walking.
Hmmm, I work in Woodbridge, and usually the tomatoes and peppers don't show up until the end of August at the earliest. And by that time, every grocery store in the area carries bushels and bushels of them. But if you are looking to get them directly from a farm, then I am out of ideas...