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Aug 29, 2009 07:28 AM

Tomato bushels in GTA

Has anyone seen any decent bushels of Roma tomatoes at a reasonable price? I'm looking for about 15. Scarborough / East York would be preferable, but a trip to Unionville would be fine. A couple of bushels of red peppers would be good as well.

This weather seems to have done a number on the toms this year.

If you know places in the West / North then post them for others.

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  1. Weston Foods, Yonge Street south of Major Mac, usually has these. Haven't been by for a few weeks, but this is where the grandmas come to get their supply to put up for the winter.

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    1. re: FrankD

      Tomato blight, together with sub-optimal weather, didn't help. They seem to be running late-ish this year, too.

      1. re: Kagemusha

        Actually, in the No-Frills at Yonge and Levendale in Richmond Hill, I saw 50-lb boxes of Romas for $9.99, which I thought was an awesome price, but no way I could use that many. I saw a couple of Italian men wheeling out carts with two boxes each per cart.

    2. Highland Farms has bushel boxes of Roma for $16. Actually the box says 1.19 bu.
      The box clearly states the farm origin (not known to me). Wyndham?
      They looked good,and were firm, lots of paste inside.

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      1. re: jayt90

        Lady York on Dufferin had them yesterday for $15. They looked pleasant enough.

        1. re: jayt90

          They were 14.99 and 1 1/9 bushels.

        2. Thanks for the replies. The general consensus of my normal haunts is they should start arriving in bulk next weekend. They are one to two weeks late. I picked up my fist test bushel from an Asian supermarket at Birchmount / Danforth Rd. They look good but aren't fully ripe yet..

          Jay, the so-called bushels are normally 50lb. I was at the Ellesmere HF on Wednesday and didn't see them.

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          1. re: Paulustrious

            There were quantities available at Square One this a.m. Up close, though, they were 2nd rate and lacked taste and proper texture--also hard enough to break a window. Better should be available in a week/10 days or so?

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Can someone help me with shelf life. I will be out of town until September 20th but still want to do my canning when I return. Will these still be available in late September? Or if I buy them now, will they last until I return?

              Thank you.

              1. re: theFword

                They will still be available, until a heavy frost hits the area.

          2. Don't know the name of the market but it's on the west side of Keele just north of Steeles. Lots of bushels of Roma's and best corn. Always Italian women picking up tomatoes for sauce.

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              1. re: theFword

                any word yet on bushels of cucumbers. Price and ready availability . As with all produce it seems behind schedule this year.

                1. re: Danybear

                  I picked up a bushel of very nice pickling cukes (#2 size) from Sovereign Farms at St Lawrence Market on Saturday for $35 - I had ordered them on Thursday at the Metro Hall market. If you're pickling, this is a good week to be doing it.

              2. re: mexivilla

                I love this place! I have been getting my tomatoes for sauce here for years (and I'm not Italian!)

              3. St. Lawrence Market would be a good place to look.

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                1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                  was in my local Walmart today and they had the big boxes (bushels) of tomatoes for canning!