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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!

                2. check Prince of wales on danforth between woodbine and coxwell or colangelo brothers on midland and sheppard in scarbourogh
                  Tomatoes than this year are sheet because full of water

                  1. I see this post has been revived since last year...

                    For anyone looking for tomatoes this year, Joe's Garden Centre at 1923 Davenport (just west of Symington) just got them in on the weekend!

                    1. Hey All,

                      Any good place for San Marzano or Roma's in south Etobicoke (I am Lakeshore/Browns Line). Want to try canning a whole bunch this year.

                      Thanks,
                      PB

                      1. revived! Where are people getting their tomatoes this year? My main issue is not having a car. I live at Yonge/Davisville. I don't necessarily need a bushel at a time (I'm just processing them for myself anyway, in a tiny kitchen), but a good price on bulk, quality romas, somewhere on a subway line. I went to prince edward county last week and got about 8lbs from Norm Hardie, but that only made 2.5 quarts. I'd like to do maybe 4x that.

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                        1. re: equalibra

                          Did you check the AppleTree Market? - https://wx.toronto.ca/festevents.nsf/...

                          Fortino's here has quality Romas. I imagine they would carry them at Loblaw's other chains/brands.

                          1. re: ylsf

                            if you mean the market at davisville/yonge, i was there yesterday and didn't see any romas. Lots of beefsteak/cherry/grape/heirloom tomatoes. I was in a bit of a rush yesterday to get to work, but maybe next week I will ask around.

                            1. re: equalibra

                              you could try just "pre-ordering," as it were, with a farmer at the farmer's market. while they may not have a bushel ready for you right at the moment, i've been able to arrange it for the following week. if you do that at the yonge/davisville market, then that might obviatesthe potentially messy business of schlepping pounds and pounds of ripe tomatoes around on the TTC, bike or whatever.

                        2. Tomatoes have been plenty for several weeks now. Picked up 5 bushels for mom in law 2 wks ago to make sauce and some yesterday.
                          Best place of the 3 we tried was a little farm we know on the east side of Weston Rd just north of Major Mac ($16 a bushel). They have LOTS!!!!!!!!!!!

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                          1. re: MaxHa

                            We picked up bushel boxes of Romas for $12 at Highland Farms today.

                            1. re: AMarshall

                              Sosnicki has organic Romas at 25$ for 25 pounds. "Organic". Various markets about town, eg. Dufferin Grove on Thurs, Junction on Sat AM.

                              1. re: Dean Tudor

                                have you seen bushels at dufferin grove farmer's market? how much? i am guessing it may be a bit pricey as it is an organic market.

                              2. re: AMarshall

                                My better half tells me it was $12.99, not $12 at HF.

                            2. Not sure of the price but 19th Avenue Farmer's Market just south of Stouffville Road and west of Woodbine has lots of tomatoes and peppers as well as lots of other really good fresh foods. Great selection. Worth the trip.

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                              1. re: Attknee

                                i checked it out, a bushel is 18.50 for romanillos which is around 20 kilos i think

                                they also have bushels of field tomatoes for a bit more, and some san marzanos.

                              2. still have been unable to find bushels in the city. anyone have any leads? i fear it might be too late in the season... maybe from farms nearby?

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                                1. re: helenhelen

                                  I bought some last Thursday at the Italian Grocery store on Keele just south of the 401 - west side (starts with a "C". $16 a bushel. They are at the end of a small plaza with an awning attached to the store - under it are bushels of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. It's a great place.

                                  1. re: SylviaW

                                    thank you for the tip! i will try to check it out this weekend! is it easy to find when driving up keele? should i be looking for the store or for the plaza (i find stores are harder to find when in plazas)?

                                    1. re: helenhelen

                                      Here's the address:
                                      Cataldi Supermarket Ltd
                                      2542 KEELE ST, NORTH YORK, ON M6L 2N8
                                      Phone: 416-249-9511
                                      It was super busy there last week - maybe call to make sure they still have bushels of tomatoes.

                                      1. re: SylviaW

                                        thanks so much for the tip! i got a bushel there on sunday and they still had a lot left. they look like very nice tomatoes too (though i haven't tasted any yet). they also have bushels of peppers, eggplant, beans, etc.

                                        worth a visit for anyone wanting to buy mass quantities of produce...