heirloom tomatoes in Vancouver
I just got back from the gastown farmers market and the Garden Back to Eden stand had several heirloom varieties-I would say at least 10 different kinds as well as heirloom peppers and corn. It is open until 3 or 4 today and will be around every Sunday thru September....
The tomatoes by the family who sell at Granville Island as well as Kits Market and Whole Foods (yes, all the same folks) are hands down the best currently available. They are grown in soil but covered by a greenhouse so the season is much longer.
I buy them slightly under ripe (often all they have after the rush) stick them in a paper bag and put them away for a few days and they are fantastic.
I use all varieties for eating fresh and making a really simple tomatoes sauce (garlic, olive oil, fresh basil ).
They do not sell on Fridays and Saturdays (still available at Whole Foods).
Once the big summer crops arrive I like Milans (he started the craze in Vancouver) he sells at Trout Lake and probably Granville Island in a couple of weeks.
At Trout Lake Market Sapo Bravo has excellent and a large selection of heirlooms and Klippers also has a great selection and sells at Trout Lake, Kits Market as well as the new Main St. Wed. Market (still a bit early for selection though).