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greatbigcat Sep 16, 2009 08:52 AM

I'm doing my annual canning weekend. Has anyone seen good deals on bushels of plum or roma tomatoes in downtown Toronto?

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  1. Paulustrious RE: greatbigcat Sep 16, 2009 01:32 PM

    There are almost none about. Longos had $15 bushels this morning but they had gone by 10 o'clock. Colangelos had San Marzano. but they've disappeared. If I were you I would phone round rather then trek. This is the voice of two weeks of abortive experience.

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      itryalot RE: greatbigcat Sep 17, 2009 01:53 AM

      I'm on the hunt too. San Marzano would be great. I don't like the round ones. I would even be willing to go to Kitchener and make a day trip out of it.

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        OTFOODIE RE: itryalot Sep 17, 2009 06:09 AM

        I'm told it was a poor growing season and that they may finish early. Highland farms had Roma's for 15/bushel two weeks ago, and now they are 20.

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        Arcadiaseeker RE: greatbigcat Sep 17, 2009 06:43 AM

        St. Lawrence Market should have some. That's where I've had luck in the past.

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          jakhtar RE: greatbigcat Sep 17, 2009 06:45 AM

          Try Joe's Garden Centre on Davenport just west of Symington. I live in the area and saw yesterday that they still had lots. Also lots of peppers, fava beans, wine grapes, etc.

          1. Paulustrious RE: greatbigcat Sep 17, 2009 08:41 AM

            Got two bushels of San Marzano from Longos yesterday morning - $15. Colangelo had some more at $22. All Longo's were gone by 11 o'clock.

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              lamaranthe RE: greatbigcat Sep 17, 2009 09:39 AM

              Lady York, 2939 Dufferin Street (1 block North of Glencairn) - (416) 781-8585

              1. grandgourmand RE: greatbigcat Sep 28, 2009 07:33 AM

                Bumpign thread...anyone still seeing bushels around town? I might buy some more.

                FYI, if anyone has a lot of tomatoes getting past their prime, turn them into ketchup. I made some this weekend. Tastes great and uses lot of tomatoes.

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                  Paulustrious RE: grandgourmand Sep 28, 2009 08:47 AM

                  Picked two bushels up from Sunrise (Danforth Road and Birchmount) on Sunday at $13.

                  Colangelos had three types starting at (I think) $17.

                  Get them quick though. If the temperature drops below some number I have forgotten they will not ripen.

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                    basileater RE: Paulustrious Sep 28, 2009 01:24 PM

                    Where is Colangelos? Google has failed me.

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                      Paulustrious RE: basileater Sep 28, 2009 01:39 PM

                      I hope I've got the name right. It is on Midland, East side. North of the 401. Let's see if I can get a map of it.


                      Its a low-rise little supermarket. It is directly opposite a huge document storage place called Iron Fortress or something vaguely like that. It's very much an Italian place.

                2. jayt90 RE: greatbigcat Sep 28, 2009 06:56 PM

                  Highland Farms has the box at$20. Pricey, as they were $15 last year.

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                    mochapj RE: jayt90 Oct 1, 2009 10:31 AM

                    Anyone know of any places in the downtown core that might still have them? I checked with Fiesta Farms and Highland Farms in Mississauga, but nada.

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                      EarlyDrive RE: bogie Aug 10, 2010 06:50 PM

                      Fiesta Farms Garden Centre has lots.

                      Fiesta Farms
                      200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                        Paulustrious RE: EarlyDrive Aug 10, 2010 09:03 PM

                        Any idea how much a bushel?

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                          h2o RE: Paulustrious Aug 12, 2010 03:59 PM

                          They were $20 but have sold out.

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                            jayt90 RE: Paulustrious Aug 12, 2010 04:31 PM

                            Highland Farms on Bennett Rd. had bushel boxes from Norfolk County, at $13 today.
                            They looked good,and less expensive than last year.

                            Highland Farms
                            850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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                            Paulustrious RE: EarlyDrive Aug 12, 2010 04:38 PM

                            Colangelos had $17 bushels of Roma and $20 for San Marzano. (At least i think they were San Marzano)

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                              slradcli RE: EarlyDrive Aug 30, 2010 08:22 AM

                              Joe's Garden Centre at Symington and Davenport has lots, Roma and San Marzano. Picked up a bushel for $16 (plus a $1 deposit for the actual bushel). Only 3 or 4 duds in the whole lot.

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                          munkdogg RE: greatbigcat Sep 2, 2010 12:58 PM

                          WIthout trying to threadjack with this post, I'm curious to hear if anyone has seen bushels (or 1/4, 1/2) of various heirloom varieties for sale?

                          I'm looking to secure a large number for a self-catered event in the near future.

                          Thanks so much!

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                            normanwolf RE: munkdogg Sep 2, 2010 03:01 PM

                            I haven't seen bushels of tomatoes but if anyone is insterested in picking their own, Cooper's farm has some available. I haven't been this summer but last year they had romas, heirloom and the round ones. I would phone to confirm since it is a bit of a hike from downtown (Zephyr) and I'm not sure of the price.


                            As a disclaimer, I am a CSA member!

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                              munkdogg RE: normanwolf Sep 2, 2010 04:55 PM

                              Too funny. We are located in Whitby and get our CSA from Zephyr :-)

                              Thanks for the info!

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                              mariecollins RE: munkdogg Sep 3, 2010 07:04 AM

                              Try the East Lynn Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 3-7. Lots of strange varieties of heirloom.

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