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Where to buy heirloom tomato seedlings in Westchester/FFC?

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Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 05:44 AM

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.

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    sibeats RE: Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 06:03 AM

    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!

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      Nancy C RE: sibeats May 9, 2009 11:12 AM

      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.

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        kchurchill5 RE: sibeats May 9, 2009 05:56 PM

        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

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        harrie RE: Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 12:51 PM

        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...

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          debmom RE: Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 03:00 PM

          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. adamclyde RE: Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 05:49 PM

            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.

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              chaz RE: Mrs.Sean May 9, 2009 08:01 PM

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

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                jwg RE: chaz May 12, 2009 03:23 PM

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

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                DGresh RE: Mrs.Sean May 10, 2009 03:13 AM

                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. roxlet RE: Mrs.Sean May 10, 2009 07:25 AM

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

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                    vetbeth RE: Mrs.Sean May 11, 2009 11:32 AM

                    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.

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                      jessheslin RE: vetbeth May 11, 2009 01:40 PM

                      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

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                      DGresh RE: Mrs.Sean May 11, 2009 01:52 PM

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

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                        kchurchill5 RE: DGresh May 11, 2009 03:52 PM

                        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.

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                        Boswell RE: Mrs.Sean May 11, 2009 04:32 PM

                        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.

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                          hawthorne287 RE: Boswell May 19, 2009 05:15 PM

                          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

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                            Boswell RE: hawthorne287 May 20, 2009 07:15 AM

                            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. ChefBoyAreMe RE: Mrs.Sean May 12, 2009 09:29 AM

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

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                            Mrs.Sean RE: Mrs.Sean May 12, 2009 09:58 AM

                            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!

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                              wookiedoodle RE: Mrs.Sean May 25, 2009 08:04 AM

                              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.

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