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Heirloom tomatoes

robbyc Jul 14, 2011 05:28 PM

Hello. I really would appreciate it if someone could let me know where I can get really good heirloom tomatoes in Philadelphia-just can't find any good ones. Many thanks

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    Displaced California Foodie Jul 14, 2011 06:37 PM

    Try the Bryn Mawr Organic Farmer's Market on Saturday AM -

    I saw some there and I've seen them at Whole Foods (conventional not organic).

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    1. re: Displaced California Foodie
      robbyc Jul 14, 2011 06:46 PM

      Thank you for you suggestions

    2. bucksguy14 Jul 14, 2011 07:51 PM

      My patio! But it's a closely guarded secret. Sorry! ;-D

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        robbyc Jul 14, 2011 08:12 PM


      2. joluvscards Jul 14, 2011 09:58 PM

        Rittenhouse farm market on Saturdays

        1. caga tio Jul 15, 2011 06:22 AM

          Blooming Glen Farm has excellent heirloom tomatoes at the Headhouse Farmers Market on Sundays.

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            barryg Aug 2, 2011 08:00 AM

            I got some of these last Sunday. They are quite good and the price wasn't bad either.

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            Bigley9 Jul 15, 2011 07:09 AM

            There are Heirlooms at the Tuesday Market at Passyunk and South

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              FriedClamFanatic Jul 21, 2011 06:21 AM

              If You feel like a drive along the Brandywine, the farm stand on route 100 South of Route 1 (about 2 miles, just after you go over the bridge) always has some of tastiest and widest varieties available

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                waking1 Jul 30, 2011 07:43 PM

                This weekend all the tomatoes @ this spot are on sale 1.75/lb. Lots of variety. Tried 4 or 5 today. All great so far.

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                  CindyJ Jul 31, 2011 07:32 AM

                  Thanks for the tip. This is precisely why I have no interest in growing tomatoes at home. When they're in season, as they are now, they're in such abundance they're practically free. I stopped at that produce stand (SIW?) for the first time last weekend and was impressed with the selection and quality of their produce. It's certainly a lot closer to where I live than Pete's in Westtown, so if I'm just out for tomatoes, as I will be today, that's where I'll shop. I've got to say, though, the Mirai corn at Pete's still makes the trip to Westtown worth my while.

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                  CindyJ Jul 31, 2011 07:37 AM

                  It's really a scenic drive down there. Don't ya just love our neck of the woods?

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                    FriedClamFanatic Aug 3, 2011 12:51 PM

                    Cindy...................."H" Haskell who runs the place is a great guy. He is also the one who grows the giant Pumpkins for the Chadds Ford Pumpkin Carve. ( and 2 secret notes about the property...the movie, "The Village" was filmed there..and they have the most gorgeous Peonnies in the Spring!)

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                      CindyJ Aug 3, 2011 05:39 PM

                      I'll definitely go back. I'll just need to keep a reminder handy -- it's somewhat removed from my everyday routes.

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                        FriedClamFanatic Aug 5, 2011 03:50 PM

                        I don't want to publically tell you how to see the acres and acres of peonies when they are in bloom.....but perhaps sometime in private

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                          CindyJ Aug 6, 2011 09:38 AM

                          Ohhhh... now you've got me curious.

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                  lauracohenromano Jul 26, 2011 08:13 PM

                  Try going to the www.buylocalpa.org website. Many links to farmers' markets that sell heirloom tomatoes in the city and out, so you can look for what's nearest you. They also link to restaurants and shops committed to using/selling local food.

                  1. NYChristopher Jul 27, 2011 01:08 AM

                    Any luck with Iovine in the Reading Terminal Market?

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                      caganer Jul 27, 2011 09:36 AM

                      If you're in the Reading Market the best tomatoes will probably be from local farmers at the fair food stand or one of the farmers' stands (there's one on the north side by Metropolitan)

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                        Bigley9 Jul 28, 2011 09:56 AM

                        Agree - Fair Food Farmstand, maybe the guy by Metropolitan and maybe Halteman's back behind Giunta's. I dont think I've ever seen heirlooms at Iovines

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                          caga tio Jul 28, 2011 10:48 AM

                          There are also heirlooms at Kauffman's.

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                        doxiemom Jul 29, 2011 01:37 PM

                        We were just at Maple Acre Farms off Narcissa Road in Plymouth Meeting the other night and they haa a gorgeous variety. We sticked up on the small yellow ones that look like donut peaches and have been in tomato-ey heaven for the past 48 hours.

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                          jujuthomas Aug 2, 2011 07:46 AM

                          was just going to suggest Maple Acres, their heirlooms are fabulous. :)

                        2. sockii Jul 29, 2011 04:03 PM

                          Rosie's had some heirlooms (on 322 on the Jersey side) this past week. Also some really gorgeous Jersey yellows which weren't necessarily heirloom but I was drooling just looking at them (bought some last night but just making salad now with them to enjoy!)

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                            Bashful3 Jul 30, 2011 01:18 PM

                            There is such a thing as a tomato that isn't an heirloom tomato that has everything you could
                            possibly wish in a tomato: firmness, flavor, keeping quality, reliability, unusual, albeit 'even' appearance: Kumato tomatos, packed in a sleeve of 4-5 perfect tomatos, sold at Whole
                            Foods. I buy them all the time; have not seen them sold elsewhere.

                            Worth $3.99 for what is more than a pound,despite label on box.

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                              Delucacheesemonger Jul 31, 2011 08:41 AM

                              The Kumatos l get in France are grown in Brittany and are about the size of a squash ball, green with some stripes, and thick exterior, even thicker than a Roma. Is this the same tomato you are talking about ? Hope so, as my fav tomato anywhere, will run to W(t)F to get them. If so, which W(t)F ?

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                                Bashful3 Jul 31, 2011 12:30 PM

                                That[s the one! This is one heck of a tomato. I live near the WF across from the new Barnes Museum location, on Pennsylvania Ave I think. They probably have them
                                in other WF's as well. But, I have never seen them anywhere else. Surprising, because this is a tomato that has its entire act together. Tasty, tasty. And, they keep.

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                                  barryg Jul 31, 2011 01:00 PM

                                  I've gotten them at the Trader Joe's at 22nd & Market, too. They are great tomatoes as they are available around here in the cooler months when our local ones aren't out yet.

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                                    Delucacheesemonger Aug 3, 2011 06:13 PM

                                    Yippee, got them today, yippee, yippee

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                                  Hungryin theBurbs Aug 13, 2011 10:40 AM

                                  Ok, so I was at Trader Joe's today and saw these, so I got a package. I just had one and it was. . .fine. For a storebought tomato, it was decent, but it couldn't hold a candle to the heirlooms I've been getting at local farmer's markets. What am I missing?

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                                ftarazu Jul 31, 2011 12:14 PM

                                BTW, Matyson's tasting menu this week is featuring heirloom tomatoes.

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                                  ilovesummer Aug 2, 2011 01:43 PM

                                  I was just at Wegman's in Collegeville and they are loaded with heirlooms....You can buy by the quart or by the pound...They looked wonderful!

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                                    raxe Aug 6, 2011 08:44 AM

                                    The farmers market in High School Park in Elkins Park had a tomato vendor last week with a huge assortment of heirloom tomatoes. Would imagine he will be there again this week.
                                    There is also an amazing peach/apricot/ blueberry stand. This week promises nectarines and plums as well.

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                                      Hungryin theBurbs Aug 6, 2011 10:06 AM

                                      I think the tomato vendor was Herrcastle Farm. They had an amazing variety of heirloom tomatoes. I bought a large green one that was probably the best tomato I've ever tasted in my life. I can't remember the name, but I hope they have more this week. I think they also go to the farmer's markets in Jenkintown and Glenside.

                                      The fruit vendor is Frecon Farms. Those apricots were delicious!

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                                      Holly Moore Aug 9, 2011 04:07 PM

                                      Culton Organics at the Sunday Headhouse Market.

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