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Aug 25, 2008 11:28 PM

Who's selling local tomatoes?

At the start of the summer I had no problem getting great local tomatoes at Wheatsville, Boggy Creek Farms, and Whole Foods, and got hooked. But the past few weeks (as tomato season peaks, as I understand), I haven't found anything that has the taste and texture of local, non refrigerated tomatoes. The worst, even, were the BCF tomatoes (and I was there first thing in the morning, so should have had decent pickings).

Does anyone know where I might be able to get my hands on the real stuff? The farmers markets are quite difficult for me to make with my schedule, but if that's the only place, then I'll do what I can.

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  1. Tomatoes are done for a while, at least locally. There are 2 plantings - one in the spring and one in the summer that will yield the second round of tomatoes until November or the first big drop in temps (maybe December). This is the late season doldrums between crops.

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    1. re: pankofish

      Thank you for letting me know that, I had no idea (admittedly clueless about all this kind of info). Can you tell me, around when would the second round of tomatoes start, so I know when to be on the lookout again?

      1. re: renz

        There will be some all the way through, but around October we should start to see the variety and quality that you'll see in early summer, i.e. June when they're at their peak. Peppers also have two seasons, with the best and most coming in October and November, as the plants put on fruit (and therefore seeds) in anticipation of cold weather.

    2. These guys get hold of a lot of local veg, herbs, dairy, meats, etc. as well as local artisan products like bread and cheese. They deliver to your door.

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      1. re: Nakhash

        Speaking of local produce, is there a place to get fresh sweetcorn? I'm from Indiana, and this is corn season. I was surprised to see that none of the booths at last Sat's Sunset Valley Farmers' Market had any.

        1. re: waldy

          It is corn season up north, but corn season is way over here

      2. IGA, in Clarksville, has been selling excellent "home grown" tomotoes for the past two months for $1.50/lb. There used to be a whole section, but lately, it has been dwindling. I bought a few more on Monday.

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        1. re: rudeboy

          Sorry for my ignorance, but what is IGA?

          1. re: renz

            Oh, it means "Independent Grocer's Alliance." There's a store called Mini Max at Arroyo Seco and Woodrow....

            Although, I was there yesterday, and the tomato bin was empty!

            1. re: rudeboy

              uhhh, dat ain't clarksville!!!! maybe the 'mater dudes drove to the wrong 'hood!

              1. re: sambamaster

                oh crap - I can't believe I said Clarkesville! I meant, Crestview - as in the Crestview Minimax.