HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Beefsteak tomatoes

harrijo Aug 27, 2010 03:08 PM

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.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. e
    erly RE: harrijo Aug 27, 2010 03:19 PM

    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.

    1 Reply
    1. re: erly
      erly RE: erly Aug 29, 2010 03:48 AM

      sorry correction.
      I meant South of Wilson.

    2. blue bike RE: harrijo Aug 28, 2010 06:03 PM

      Sherway Farmers' Market on Fridays. Very reasonably priced.

      1. m
        MarkhamFoody RE: harrijo Aug 28, 2010 07:30 PM

        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.

        1 Reply
        1. re: MarkhamFoody
          erly RE: MarkhamFoody Aug 29, 2010 07:14 AM

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

        2. Kagemusha RE: harrijo Aug 28, 2010 08:00 PM

          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. a
            araden RE: harrijo Aug 29, 2010 06:30 AM

            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!

            1. jayt90 RE: harrijo Jul 22, 2011 07:55 AM

              Bumping this, as I found large juicy beefsteak tomatoes at the Wednesday farmers market, University of Torornto-Scarborough parking lot, on Ellesmere. (free parking). It is there Wed. 3-7PM; a small uncrowded market, with only two or three real farm stands, but one had superb large beefsteaks, 3 for $5.

              4 Replies
              1. re: jayt90
                Kagemusha RE: jayt90 Jul 22, 2011 08:09 AM

                Must be an early variety. Heard they were about 2 weeks from someone in Leamington.

                1. re: Kagemusha
                  jayt90 RE: Kagemusha Jul 22, 2011 08:16 AM

                  I'll ask next Wed. The student selling them didn't really have a farm boy look!

                  1. re: jayt90
                    Kagemusha RE: jayt90 Jul 22, 2011 10:35 AM

                    I buy from one of the few growers who bothers to trundle stuff up from Leamington to Mississauga. She said they were going to be late this year. She brings those luscious old-school field tomatoes but claims they're slow sellers since they're often not pretty enough for most buyers!

                    1. re: Kagemusha
                      jayt90 RE: Kagemusha Aug 10, 2011 02:29 PM

                      I bought two old school tomatoes at the U. of T. Scarboro market today. One was Brandywine, the other, I didn't recognize. The sticker shock was $5/lb or $7.50 for my two, while the other vendor has 3 blemish free beefsteaks for $4.
                      As I mentioned above, the lower cost beefsteaks tasted true to form, even if they were brought in from Windsor or Ohio. These blemished tomatoes I got today will have to be exceptional.
                      Really, it is price, not blemishes, that kills these small organic market farms.

              Show Hidden Posts