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Where to buy tomatoes for canning?

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nissenpa Jun 18, 2011 02:55 AM

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.

Thanks.

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    odkaty RE: nissenpa Jun 18, 2011 03:22 AM

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

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      Jeserf RE: nissenpa Jun 18, 2011 06:00 AM

      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!

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        comestibles RE: nissenpa Jun 18, 2011 06:40 AM

        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.

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          Mer_Made RE: nissenpa Jun 20, 2011 06:04 AM

          Larriland in western Howard Co has tomatoes.

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            Ellen RE: nissenpa Jun 20, 2011 05:48 PM

            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.

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