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Tomato Season

NahantNative Jul 16, 2009 05:45 AM

Does anyone know when we will start seeing heirloom tomatoes at the farmers markets? With all this crappy weather I'm yearning for the taste of summer.

  1. almansa Jul 17, 2009 06:40 PM

    My own earlybirds just got their first flowers of the season. My tomato farmer has nothing yet, but his berries rock. Heirlooms in Wholefoods are from California right now. They do a lot with Terra Firma Organic Farm.

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    1. re: almansa
      catsmeow Jul 18, 2009 07:04 AM

      Got a Heirloom at Quincy yesterday...$5/lb.

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      tsackton Jul 16, 2009 10:17 PM

      I've seen sungolds at Kimball farm -- very tasty!

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      1. re: tsackton
        triple creme Jul 17, 2009 01:23 PM

        Kimball farm had heirlooms today at the Charles Square farmers market. @ $4 / lb. I haven't sliced into them yet but they look and smell good.

      2. PinchOfSalt Jul 16, 2009 06:26 PM

        I picked the first tomato of the season this afternoon in my Belmont back yard. Yes it was a Sungold cherry tomato, but a tomato nevertheless. There were a good number queued up for picking very soon. Tomatoes in other nearby towns can't be far away. For what it's worth, my plants went in the ground... err raised bed... on May 17.

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        1. re: PinchOfSalt
          pickledtink Jul 17, 2009 06:07 PM

          I too have picked my first sungold of the season, and like you have many more on their way to ripe. They are so good!

        2. lissy Jul 16, 2009 06:19 PM

          Atlas Farms at the Copley farmer's market has had them for the last couple weeks. They've been $5/lb but they've been quite tasty.

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            magz Jul 16, 2009 06:47 AM

            There was one farmer with heirlooms at the Govt Center market yesterday, and perhaps the same one with heirlooms at the Copley market last week. They were $6 a pound the first time I saw them, but I got some - delicious. They were either $5 or $6 yesterday, and there was a small selection, picked over by the time I got there. There was also another farmer with non-heirloom "field tomatoes," but I suppose they could have been from further south. I went with the "award winning" tomatoes (greenhouse?), at another stand, and they were ripe and good in my caprese last night. Not heirloom flavor, but still nice.

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            1. re: magz
              Karl S Jul 16, 2009 07:07 AM

              To me, there is no such thing as "heirloom flavor", because Lord knows I've had lots of crappy tomatoes from heirloom varieties, and lots of wonderfully flavorful modern hybrids. The issue is less that of the specific tomato variety and more that of soil, water and, most importantly, sunshine.

              1. re: Karl S
                magz Jul 16, 2009 07:17 AM

                I will be precise... not as good flavor as the heirlooms I had last week, but nice.

            2. Karl S Jul 16, 2009 06:32 AM

              Local greenhouse tomatoes are available at farmer's markets - some farmers know people expect tomatoes to be available with early corn in July and grow in greenhouses to meet that demand. Or they get supply from locations farther south. You might start seeing some field-grown cherry and grape tomatoes by month's end, as they tend to set fruit and ripen earlier than larger round tomatoes, but local round field tomatoes don't normally ripen until August. And this seasons is running about 2 weeks later than normal due to the weather.

              But, except in years of exceptional early and sustained warmth (which does happen), one should not expect field tomatoes in New England much before August.

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                shaebones Jul 16, 2009 06:23 AM

                I got some at the Lex Farmers Market on Tuesday. 2 big ones cost $9 Yikes but OMG they were sooooo good!

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