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Heirloom Tomatoes in Philly

doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 08:27 AM

Is it just me, or has the availability of heirloom tomatoes been sadly - well - sad? Even my beloved Sook Hee's Produce at Comcast Center has been w/o them. Is anyone finding them? I live in Mt Airy, work in CC (18th & JFK), but would be willing to travel to find some ugly beauties...

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    Chefpaulo RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 08:33 AM

    If you don't mind a drive out Germantown Pike to Fairview Village (between E. Norriton and Collegeville), we have a produce stand on Smith Road (just north of Methacton High School) that grows copious amounts of heirlooms, and many other fresh items. It has no name and there is no phone but they are open daily through the end of October and have tomatoes galore until season's close.

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      Kater RE: Chefpaulo Sep 29, 2009 04:49 PM

      and they have really good cooking pumpkins now!

    2. Delucacheesemonger RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:03 AM

      Saw some last week at Iovine's at RTM, have not looked since

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        NotJuliaChild RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:06 AM

        There are many to be had at the Phoenixville Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.

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          Boognish RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:10 AM

          You need to visit some farmer's markets. Try Headhouse Square or Clark Park.

          One thing to consider is that the cool & rainy summer really reduced the overall # of blemish-free ripe tomatoes. I'm currently up to my neck in Purple Cherokees and Mortgage Lifters, but they're ripening weeks later than the last few years.

          1. Den RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:15 AM

            You don't have to go that far. Acme in Flourtown has them all the time.

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              barryg RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:46 AM

              You can check out Barclay Prime to taste some heirloom goodness:

              Or, as others mentioned, the Farmer's Markets have them. I've seen them at nearly every Farm To City and Food Trust market I've been to BUT you need to get there early as the good ones will get picked early. Doubly so for the really popular ones like Headhouse Square.

              1. PattiCakes RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 09:49 AM

                Maple Acrews Farm has tons of heirlooms. They are in Plymouth Meeting, on Narcissa Road, not far from the intersection of NarcissaRoad, Norristown Road and Stenton Ave. Open 8-8, 7 days a week, they have loads of other wonderful produce as well. My husband is stopping by tonight to pick up fresh corn for a pre-Labor Day feast at work tomorrow.

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                  doxiemom RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 10:28 AM

                  All - thanks for the suggestions keep 'em coming. I should probably have clarified "Good Heirlooms". This year the varieties I have tried have been really underwhelming. One the upside - Sook Hee's did have a few today, so we'll see. My own tomatoes really didn't amount to much this season, so I have had to rely on my local growers market in Chestnut Hill...and have not had any great ones yet. If you find some fabulous 'maters, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know.

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                    caga tio RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 11:19 AM

                    There is a farmers market on Tuesdays at Rittenhouse Square from (I think) 10am-1pm. Yes, the heirlooms are good.

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                      Bigley9 RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 11:58 AM

                      The folks at headhouse said they had a difficult early part of the year but that the late tomatoes were coming in now and should be good.

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                        centralpadiner RE: Bigley9 Sep 1, 2009 12:13 PM

                        Yes, here in farm country the negative affect of the unusually wet summer on tomatoes has been quite a newsworthy event. I assumed you guys would have heard about it. If crops weren't destroyed by fungal invasions, the tomatoes are still less flavorful than they would be with some hot drier weather.

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                        barryg RE: doxiemom Sep 1, 2009 12:35 PM

                        I got some excellent ones from the Tuesday market at Passyunk & South St a couple weeks ago.

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                        doxiemom RE: doxiemom Sep 3, 2009 09:36 AM


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                          padovana RE: doxiemom Sep 3, 2009 07:13 PM

                          as usualy for me, i'd refer you to the fair food farmstand in reading terminal...

                          1. caganer RE: doxiemom Sep 4, 2009 10:11 AM

                            There's a farm stand on Tuesdays in the concourse of Suburban Station - 16th street side, near the Popeyes Chicken or whatever it is. They have good tomatoes as well as other vegitables, fruits and good grass-fed beef. The same farmer is at Rittenhouse and South/Passyunk on Tuesdays.

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                              Barbelli RE: doxiemom Sep 4, 2009 10:54 AM

                              This summer has been tough on tomatoes...try the Farmers Market at Headhouse on Sundays...or the one on Fairmount Avenue next to Eastern State on Thursdays...

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                                barryg RE: doxiemom Sep 26, 2009 12:06 PM

                                I was just at the Center City Trader Joe's and they are selling heirloom tomatoes from Meadow View Farms. They come in baskets with 6 or 7 different varieties. I have a tough time estimating weight, but there are at least a dozen tomatoes (a few big ones and a lot of medium-small ones), 3 lbs at least. $8 a basket--not bad at all! I usually don't like TJ's produce but these are very good; as good as you will get at most Farmer's Markets given the lackluster season.

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