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llkm00 Jul 17, 2011 06:17 PM

where does everyone go for produce to can....even heirloom tomatoes? Thank you! I am located near lansdale PA...thanks!!!

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    urbanfabric Jul 18, 2011 06:40 AM

    We go to Sorbello Girls in south Jersey (http://www.sorbellogirls.com/) for tomatoes to can. It's not far from Philly, doesn't require driving on the Schuylkill, and they have great prices.

    Edited to add: I realize that it's probably not convenient to Lansdale, but for others in and around Philly, it's a good resource.

    1. CindyJ Jul 18, 2011 06:53 AM

      Over the weekend I was at Pete's Produce in Westtown, and I asked about buying their tomato "seconds" for making sauce. They told me if I call ahead, they can hold a box full for me, and it'd cost about $20. That's a trek from Lansdale, but maybe worth it. They've got a wonderful selection of heirlooms.

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        dberg1313 Jul 18, 2011 08:28 AM

        Well, I used to go to Suelke's on Bethlehem Pike...before it burned down this weekend. I was scoping out Q Mart but didn't find much very satisfactory, although they had some peaches that I did get for pies. I will need a bushel of cucumbers soon, so stay tuned...if I find a good spot I will post.

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          cgarner Jul 25, 2011 09:31 AM

          dberg, I hadn't heard about Seulke's Oh no! that poor family!
          I've pretty much given up on the q-mart anymore. The prices are no better than what I'm getting at the local weekend farmers markets in Skippack and Lansdale

          for canning you don't need perfect fruit/veggies so I"d second Maple Acres, they're great for selling those slighly bruised items by the bushel for cheap

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            paychecktoday Jul 25, 2011 11:45 AM

            In regards to canning, is there a good place to purchase Ball products in the DelCo/MontCo area near the Main Line? The prices I pay at my local hardware store and Giant to me are kinda pricey. Wasn't sure if there was a place around specializing in canning products that sold it for cheap.

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              urbanfabric Jul 25, 2011 12:06 PM

              Not specific to the Main Line, but a couple of years ago we had a lot of trouble finding jars and ended up at a Walmart in DelCo, where they had an entire aisle dedicated to supplies. We aren't usually Walmart shoppers, but we had exhausted all the hardware stores and grocery stores in the area.

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                paychecktoday Jul 25, 2011 02:27 PM

                Do you remember which one?

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                  ilovesummer Jul 25, 2011 04:38 PM

                  i think i have seen the canning supplies at the super walmart in trooper!

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                    urbanfabric Jul 26, 2011 06:25 AM

                    I'm 90% sure it was this one:
                    605 Conchester Hwy, Boothwyn, PA

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            doxiemom Jul 20, 2011 11:48 AM

            Maple Acres Farm is where I usually get mine, and as the season progresses, you can get baskets and baskets for relatively cheap. I just finished the last of last year's canned tomatoes, and can't wait to fire up the old pressure canner again soon.

            They are easily accessible from the turnpike exit at Plymouth Meeting via Germantown.


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              Chefpaulo Jul 20, 2011 01:40 PM

              I'll have to throw in my vote for "the Smith Road farm stand" - nameless it remains but with an excellent (and ever-expanding) selection. Sugar plums and honeylopes are just in. Less-than-cosmetically-perfect peaches, tomatoes, etc for canning are sold by the basket at a discount or you can arrange for them to collect a 25-lb box.

              From Lansdale, take Rt. 363 south to Germantown Pike. Go right on Germantown, pass Methacton H.S. and, when starting down the big hill, make your first left on to Smith Road. Its 100 yards up on the right.

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