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san marzano tomatoes in TO

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rshaw Sep 3, 2008 08:40 AM

i just moved to TO from mtl and was hoping someone could help me with my quest for a bushel of san marzano tomatoes.

back in mtl i used to go to jean talon market and for about $20 get a box of tomates to make my tomato sauce.

any ideas on which markets i should hit?

thx!

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    potaly Sep 5, 2008 08:49 AM

    I found san marzano tomatoes in the following stores in toronto:

    Imperial Fruit Market - 1110 St. Clair Ave W - 2 blocks east of Dufferin (at Northcliffe)
    Cataldi Supermarket - 2542 Keele St (just south of 401) - 416-249-9511

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      rshaw Sep 10, 2008 01:13 PM

      thanks all!
      i'm gonna make my way over to joe's this weekend!

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        Mila Sep 12, 2008 07:05 AM

        FYI

        Was there yesterday and picked up 5 bushels ($15 + $1 deposit for basket) . They look really nice, there were some in boxes too but the bushel ones looked better. They also had lots of peppers, eggplant, mini hot peppers, red and green grapes. And the jars are a decent price too.

        And of course we had a delicious Churrassco chicken for lunch.

        Happy tomato canning weekend !

    2. Kagemusha Sep 3, 2008 02:38 PM

      Romas are everywhere this time of year: produce stores, garden centres, farmers' markets are knee-deep in bushel baskets of them.

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        Mila Sep 3, 2008 11:40 AM

        If you want beautiful Italian plum tomatoes we have gotten them for the past three years for about $15 a bushel.

        Here now is the problem. Every year we forget where the place is and spend a day trying to find it. Needless to say it is usually a good day involving shopping and churassco chicken.

        My friend swears it is Joes Garden Centre.
        1923 Davenport Rd.
        Toronto, Ontario M6N lC3
        Phone: 416-656-7250

        I am not willing to totally confirm this until I find it again. I don't want to send you on a wild goose chase.

        If it is indeed the place they also have bushels of beautiful eggplant, sheppard peppers and the tomatoes last year were outstanding.

        Maybe another chowhound can help confirm the location, otherwise I'll let you know in the next two weeks.
        http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

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          ivxu Sep 3, 2008 06:17 PM

          I bought a bushel of romas from Joe's Garden Centre on the weekend. $16 a bushel + $1 deposit for the bushel itself. There was only one suspect tomato in the entire bushel! However, they will only sell whole bushels.

          They have a green awning and are located on the south side.

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            Mila Sep 4, 2008 07:12 AM

            Awesome, ivxu. That sounds like the place. They seem to sell alot of wine supplies as well.

            I am always amazed by the quality of the tomatoes. There is never just a good layer on top and crappy ones on the bottom, like some places.

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          obstructionist Sep 3, 2008 11:24 AM

          Real San Marzano tomatoes come only from the region of Italy near Naples, so it is very unlikely that you will find fresh ones in Canada.

          You can get tomatoes of the same variety grown here, but it's really not the same thing.

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            Recyclor Sep 3, 2008 11:51 AM

            Thanks for the info ob!...I didn't realize that was the case...

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              hungry_pangolin Sep 3, 2008 06:06 PM

              Correct, ob. It's like a DOCG. I have never seen fresh San Marzano, and unless they had their own seat first class on Alitalia, they probably wouldn't be worth it. The tinned ones are the closest we get here. In my experience, for the purpose of sauces, the tinned are excellent. Your milage might vary.

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                wickalicious Sep 5, 2008 09:05 AM

                The fellow at St. Lawrence Market who sells primarily tomatoes and cucumbers (sorry - can't remember the name, but he's in the north market) had baskets of fresh san marzano style tomatoes (i.e., same varietal, but grown here) 2 years ago, not sure if he still grows them. I made some really excellent sauce out of them...I can't compare it to the genuine deal b/c I've never bought them fresh in italy...but i can tell you that the sauce was pretty comparable to what i make with canned imported san marzano tomatoes in terms of flavour.

              2. Recyclor Sep 3, 2008 09:30 AM

                I would check out some farmers markets, I have pre-ordered a crate (bushel?) of roma's from a grower at the liberty village market, I get them this weekend...there is a large tomato farm in Prince Edward County, sorry I forget the name, but they have tons of varieties including San M's, maybe they are selling at a market in town...

                1. red dragon Sep 3, 2008 09:24 AM

                  Sorry this doesn't answer your question, but I've only seen canned ones as well (Loblaws - Yonge/York Mills location)

                  1. Finnegan Sep 3, 2008 09:14 AM

                    Haven't seen the fresh ones, but you can get the canned at St. Lawrence Market or if you're in the west end at Pasquale Bros.

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