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Does anyone know where to get heirloom tomatoes on oahu? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Your best bet would be the farmer's markets. After that the gourmet and health food stores, maybe even whole foods. I do have to admit, I've never noticed heirloom tomatoes being sold anywhere, but maybe I just wasn't looking.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      Thanks for the quick response, I did check the KCC Farmers Market (albeit a bit later 10am) and whole foods with no success. I guess the search continues.

      1. re: Francofoodie

        if you do find them be sure to post for us all. Is there a particular reason or particular variety you are looking for? Or just trying to find out what heirloom varieties grow here or can be bought here? I'm not terribly fond of Down-to-Earth, never found them particularly helpful, but perhaps I just don't speak health-food very well. I went once with my SIL and they were very helpful with advice and information with her. Could it be that she is a dozen years younger and two dozen years healthier in appearance than me? Anyhow they may be able to give you some leads. The state of truck gardening in Hawaii is pretty sad overall.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I will definitely post anything i find out. Based on my initial search ill be happy with any varieties, haha. Good call on speaking with the people from down to earth. ill report back.

          1. re: Francofoodie

            You could check with Jeannie at Big Wave Tomatoes.

            http://bigwavetomatoes.com/about.htm

            She usually has them during the summer months and sells at KCC, and probably other markets, but that is the only place I see her. She is a member or at least an ally of the Slow Food - Oahu group, another possible angle for info.

            1. re: macaraca

              mcaraca Jeanne is exactly who I was going to mention. She has quite a variety in the summer. Absolutely gorgeous tomatoes. I think Jeanne is one of the hardest working women in agriculture. The amazing array of foods she produces is just endless. Ho Farms also has had some but I have not seen them at the KCC market recently I think perhaps they are concentrating on the trade instead.

              1. re: manomin

                Yes, Jeanne is quite a star...she represented the Oahu Slow Food group at the international Slow Food Terra Madre event in Italy last year.

                The other main tomato people at KCC are the WOW Farm folks, but I am pretty sure they refrigerate everything, so I wouldn't waste my money on them as refrigerated tomatoes lose so much flavor I don't consider them worth it. They LOOK beautiful, but...

                I may be wrong about that, but I always get to KCC before opening and have seen them setting up and the tomatoes are COLD. Maybe it is possible to get unrefrigerated tomatoes from them but I haven't asked. I probably should because they have beautiful looking stuff.

                Can't wait for Jeanne's heirlooms to reappear this summer! You have to get to KCC early to get them; this time of year she has very little available except cherry tomatoes...any regular size fruit gets sliced to go into her amazing pizzas.

                1. re: macaraca

                  Now I know why they refrigerate...their farm is on the Big Island! Guess I will have to wait till I get to Kamuela to enjoy them fresh!

                  http://www.wowfarms.com/index.html

                  1. re: macaraca

                    Chilled imported tomatoes?? What about sustaining Oahu farms first & think of saving precious natural resources

    2. Big wave of heirloom tomatoes rolling into Kailua & KCC farmers markets mostly Blacks & yellows with more to come through July. TomatoFest ival in June on Sunday @ haleiwafarmersmarket.com

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      1. re: no1tomatolady

        That is great news! My husband shops at the market every Saturday and loves Big Wave! I have some beautiful pictures of their tomatoes. I don't understand buying almost anything not grown here.

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        1215 S Kihei Rd Ste P, Kihei, HI 96753