Heirloom tomatoes year-round?
Could someone explain to me why good heirloom tomatoes are not available year-round in NYC?
During our winter, aren't heirloom tomatoes being grown somewhere in the Southern hemisphere? Can they not be shipped here?
Thanks for any answers! I need an education!
Slightly off topic..
Last time I saw heirloom tomatoes in Vons they were something like $5.99/lb. And this was in the spring/early summer. I just had to laugh.
There's no possible way I'd spend this much for tomatoes at a supermarket and only a slightly higher possibility that I'd pay this much for them at a farmer's market, fresh off the vine.
If I want heirloom tomatoes I'll either have to grow them (which I'm doing) or do without at those prices.
plus the heirloom tomatoes that you find at the greenmarket are ripe or nearly ripe when you buy them, and they get that way on the vine. supermarket tomatoes are picked when they're bright green so that they're red (but not really ripe, huh) by the time you buy them. picking them green also makes them more resilient for shipping.
on a side note, you're not being at all conscious of "food miles" you eco-terrorist!