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Jun 18, 2011 02:55 AM

Where to buy tomatoes for canning?

I am looking to can tomatoes later in the summer and would like to know where I can buy a large amount of "less the perfect" tomatoes. Any ideas? I'm willing to drive an hour or so outside of the city.


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  1. I've had good luck with vendors at the farmer's market.

    1. I don't know what city you are in but I know the Baltimore Farmers Market sellers have these often - I had a friend who bought 15lbs for like $20 a couple of years ago.....ask the vendors and you will easily find the perfect lot....even if less than!

      1. Lewis Orchards in Dickerson, MD has these. They sell 'ready ripes' tomatoes and peaches in large quantities cheaply. They also have less-than-perfect squash, eggplant, chillis, apples, etc.

        1. Larriland in western Howard Co has tomatoes.

          1. I buy seconds by the box from the farmers markets in NoVA. I've gotten them anywhere from 10-15 box, depending on where you are in the season. If I'm really lucky I'll get mostly heirlooms, but beefsteaks and plum tomatoes are also readily available. I usually roast mine in the oven and then freeze the result. I also pick them up from roadside stands if the timing is right.