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Aug 27, 2010 03:08 PM

Beefsteak tomatoes

Does anyone know where to get really-good, vine-ripened beefsteak tomatoes in the GTA? Even at the most expensive greengrocers, I can only find mealy, unripened field tomatoes that come in through the Ontario Food Terminal. I am looking for the real deal.

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  1. I bought some at the beginning of the week at Brunos Avenue South of Lawrence.
    I was suspicious because they were too nice a shape, but when we bit into them they had that wonderful sweet and tart tang that only the Beefsteak has.

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    1. re: erly

      sorry correction.
      I meant South of Wilson.

    2. Sherway Farmers' Market on Fridays. Very reasonably priced.

      1. There are some great farms up in Markham: (1) Forsythe Farms (Kennedy and Major mackenzie) and (2) 19th Avenue market at Woodbine and 19th Avenue. The have fantastic tomatoes and a ton of other fresh produce.

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        1. re: MarkhamFoody

          I will be in the area this week.
          Are they Beefsteak?

        2. They've become hard to find. Many people don't like the look of a big field tomato. Growers prefer the higher yield(and profits)that hothouse types deliver. Good as they are, field beefstakes suffer from the vagaries of weather just like backyard tomatoes--some years suck.

          1. I take a drive to Maple and buy from the farms -- that's the best place! Loblaws has some farmer fresh tomatoes (sometimes beefsteak) but they're nothing compared to the fresh-picked off the farms! Try the corn too!