HOME > Chowhound > General Tristate Archive >


Where to buy heirloom tomato seedlings in Westchester/FFC?

Why let restaurants get all the glory? I want to grow my own heirloom tomatoes this year. Does anyone have a trusted plant nursery to share? Live in Port Chester but we enjoy a drive, so anywhere in Westchester/Putnam/Fairfield counties, or neighboring.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Gilberties Herb Gardens in Westport has a small variety. I ended up buying mine on-line from http://www.heirloomtomatoplants.com/
    They have over 150 varieties and ship them to you when they are ready to go in the ground. I've never used them before, so hopefully it will work out!

    2 Replies
    1. re: sibeats

      Teatown Plant Sale today had a lot of heirlooms - probably from Gilberties (where they get their herb plants). I think the plant sale's open until 4pm today, if you happen to get this info in time.

      1. re: sibeats

        From FL, but I also bought online from heirloomtomatoeplants.com. My friend knows someone from their so I got a slight discount. They were very nice. Burpee for seeds and a couple of local growers. But heirloomtomatoplants.com were very nice. I got very good results from them. If near Port Chester I guess there is a good farmers market and my friend gets all kinds of varieties there every year. I'm not sure but my guess is Memorial Day weekend would be opening day unlike most outdoor things up north. From MI, and opening day for most everything was Memorial Day. Just a thought. Don't know how far away you are, but he gets alot there

      2. If you really don't mind driving, I was pleasantly surprised by the selection at Robert Treat Farm in Milford, CT (one town over the line from FFC). Picked up an Opalka (Polish heirloom), Green Zebra, Caspian Pink. They also had Brandywines, Cherokee Purple, and about a billion other heirloom varieties. They're pricey - four single seedlings for $10, but they look very good.

        If interested, http://www.roberttreatfarm.com/defaul...

        1. Call Mariani's in Armonk. We got some wonderful bulbs there in the fall. They were very helpful and now we are watching as our new wonderful bulbs bloom. It is a rather interesting place that also has a nice little restaurant. Great place to stop for breakfast or lunch and pick up what you are looking for.

          1. if you live in Port Chester, wait 2 weeks or so and you'll have a ton of tomato seedlings to choose from at the Greenwich Farmers market. Go to the organic farmers market stand (there's only one, and he's got the big blue tent). He sells a ton of different heirloom varieties. About 8 inches tall, $3 each. Brandywines, Cherokee Purples and loads of lesser known varieties. I've had great success from his seedlings..

            The Greenwich Farmers market is in the parking lot right off of exit 3 (north side of 95, adjacent to the train station. They are open saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to around 1 or so. i think the first saturday it's open for the year is Memorial Day weekend.

            1. You might give a ring to White Flower Farm in Litchfield. It'll be a nice ride-if they have them.

              1 Reply
              1. re: chaz

                White Flower Farm is breathtaking. Last year, they hosted a tomato festival. Haven't gotten any notice yet this year.

              2. Whispering Pines in northern Westchester (near Yorktown) often has nice heirloom tomato plants. I haven't been there this year so can't say what they have now (or if they have them yet)

                1. My husband said that they had heirlooms at Leibs last year. It's in Chester Heights.

                  1. If you look on craigslist there are at least 3 different people in Westchester offering heirloom tomato seedlings for sale. Go to the "for sale" "farm+garden" section.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: vetbeth

                      I have heard that Green Valley nursery on Rt 9A near Hawthorne has heirloom tomato seedlings.
                      Name: Green Valley Nursery
                      Street: 211 Saw Mill River Road
                      Hawthorne, ny 10532-1509
                      Phone: (914) 769-1201

                    2. I was just at Home Depot in Cortlandt and they had one or two varieties of Heirlooms (Pink Brandywine was one)

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: DGresh

                        Pink Brandywine is a great tomato. I have that right now. Good producer, good fruit. Very happy with mine. I'm not from up there, but just wanted to offer how good the brandywine was. Mine I believe was from HD as well. I got some there and other places, but pretty sure that was from HD. Nice fruit.

                      2. I got some at Nabel's in White Plains last year. Mortgage Lifter, which produced some great tomatoes. I saved the seeds from one tomato and started them about 6 weeks ago. I was more successful than I expected---I have far more tomato plants than I can use now, and I'm looking to give some away.

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: Boswell

                          I'd love to trade you for a few plants - I don't have the Mortgage Lifter, but I do have extras of the Trophy; German Green; Purple Russian; 2 types Brandy Wine; Big Red' Amish Beef; Amish Yellow; Amish Yellow-Red; Amish Yellow- Orange; Amish Paste; Campbells; Hillbilly Potato Leaf tomato; Amish Beef; Tony's Oxheart; Tony's Paste; Anna Russian; Riestraube; a few others I have one or two of for proporgation. Also Sweet 100; Red Cherry; Beefmaster' Better Boy; Early Girl

                          1. re: hawthorne287

                            Thanks for the offer, but I found a home for my excess plants---a friend with a big communal condo garden. Good luck with your tomatoes this summer.

                        2. Reynolds Farms in Norwalk had heirloom seedlings last week when I was there.

                          1. What a lot of nice daytrips ahead! I was hoping to go up to the Litchfield nursery, but chores got the better of me. We went out soon after I posted (so missed the rest of the replies) but we did stumble across Sam Bridge nursery in Greenwich. We unfortunately asked advice of the one person there who had no clue what he was talking about, but we found some plants nonetheless: Green zebra, brandy boy and mortgage lifter.

                            AdamClyde, I'm so excited the Greenwich farmer's market is close - I love that one, and will look out for more there when it opens. I'm hoping it's not too early to have planted the tomatoes that I got over the weekend, but who knows what insane weather still awaits...

                            Thanks, everyone!

                            1. I've had luck at Designs by Lee in Stamford (Interlaken) and also Pound Ridge Nursery. I figured this out after spending a small fortune on shipping heirloom seedlings a few years back.

                              It helps if you really know your heirloom varieties before heading out. There are sometimes great finds hidden among the hybrids at any decent nursery.