Need a good source of organic tomatoes for July 22nd Canning Workshop
I know it's early days for tomatoes this year due to the mild weather - but I am hosting a series of tomato canning workshops and the first one is next Thursday - I need some great tomatoes for canning - at least a case, maybe two....
I'll be checking the farmer's markets this weekend - but i would rather get some picked closer to the date of the workshop...
Must be local to the bay area and organic.
I found organic tomatoes (Early Girls and some Brandywine) from J & M Ibarra Farms at the Fremont Irvington Farmer's Market this Sunday. They were $1.00/lb for the soft ones and $2.00/lb for the more presentable ones. The vendor/farmer told me that if I put in an order, she'd be able to give me a deal. I'm still up at 11:30 pm putting up the last batch of pasta sauce for tonight.
FWIW, I hot shock the tomatoes to slip the skins, core them, squeeze them, and add them to a saute of onions, garlic, celery, usually some carrot, but I'm out tonight, anchovies, nicoise olives, salt, pepper, Aleppo pepper, oregano and basil. Each quart jar gets about a tablespoon of lemon juice and then gets water bath canned. I make lots of this sauce all season long. Last year I tried cold smoking the tomatoes and onions for some batches, that was horrible, so not this year. From winter to next summer, this sauce is the base for tomato pasta sauces around here.
I'm disappointed for no leads at all from anyone on this board - but I did get a great deal today at the Milk Pail that I will share - they have organic roma tomatoes from Watsonville for 99 cents a pound or $20 for a case (about 26 pounds) - an awesome deal for this early in the season...and I did a lot of research....
Just hope they get another shipment later this coming week...
But happy canning for today (practice run for the workshop)
Milk Pail Market
2585 California St, Mountain View, CA