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Where to bulk buy canning tomatoes?

Vishne Aug 3, 2011 05:58 AM

It's early August, meaning Jersey tomatoes are at their peak. We'd like to drive out to a farm in NJ or SE New York to buy a few cases of canning tomatoes this weekend. Any recommendations for a farm with a good tomato crop and reasonable prices (max $2.50/lb)? The farmer's markets in the city sell great tomatoes, but they're too expensive to buy big quantities.

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    fourunder RE: Vishne Aug 3, 2011 08:23 AM

    Sorry, can't help you with any farms or pricing.....but Corrado's in Clifton does an annual bash for all canning equipment and supplies......... usually there are local beefsteak and plum tomatoes available by the bushel for $11-15 from past pricing...depending on the years crop.

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      Curlz RE: fourunder Aug 3, 2011 06:09 PM

      Corrado's is DEFINITELY the answer.

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      chuck98 RE: Vishne Aug 3, 2011 01:51 PM

      Arvin's on Rt. 22 has crates of tomatoes for canning, not sure of the prices.

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        jerseydiner RE: Vishne Aug 3, 2011 02:18 PM

        Check out the Paterson Farmer's Market district near Railroad Avenue - There are a number of wholesalers that sell by the case and prices are very good. Not the most scenic area, but the produce is incredibly fresh and ripe and perfect for canning.

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          BrianYarvin RE: Vishne Aug 4, 2011 05:44 AM

          I'm going to suggest something very different. Instead of a mega-store or an urban market, how about an actual tomato farm? My favorite for canning tomatoes is Conte Farm, by the Red Lion circle in Tabernacle on Route 206. Here you'll find bushel baskets of them at low prices. Their phone number is 609 268 1010.

          This is the tip of the iceberg, down in Salem County, roadside stands with cheap canning tomatoes are one after another on the back roads. Tomatoes are an important crop here!

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            fourunder RE: BrianYarvin Aug 4, 2011 05:54 AM

            Should we consider the $20+ for gas and $25, + or -, for tolls.....:-0)

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              BrianYarvin RE: fourunder Aug 4, 2011 02:24 PM

              This is a tough one! I would say "yes, but not by much." It all depends on where you live and how much tomato you buy.

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              Gwendolen RE: BrianYarvin Aug 13, 2011 07:22 AM

              Is this a pick your own deal, or are they already picked?

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                sockii RE: Gwendolen Aug 14, 2011 04:55 PM

                Generally they are already picked, and a lot of farm stands are picky about taking them by the basket instead of picking and choosing the exact tomatoes you want.

                That said, we have awesome tomatoes down in Salem/Gloucester County :) I'd be hitting every farmstand around here myself buy my 50 plants are finally producing and I need to get canning soon myself!

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              OGguy RE: Vishne Aug 4, 2011 06:25 AM

              Call Dreyer's Farm in Cranford and ask them

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                mcglo RE: Vishne Aug 5, 2011 10:25 AM

                The past view years, we have gotten our tomatoes from Alsted Farms in Chester. For us they are close being that we usually start with about 15 bushels and always want more so we can always just go pick up more. (I have a large family)

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                  fourunder RE: Vishne Aug 9, 2011 08:26 AM

                  I was at the the Clifton location of Corrado's yesterday. The price for a bushel of Plum tomatoes was $17. Loose Plum tomatoes were .50/lb

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                    menton1 RE: fourunder Aug 9, 2011 02:31 PM

                    Check the NY State board for details about Westchester Greenhouses, in Hartsdale. Local tomatoes are $1.99/lb, and there are no tolls from the city.

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                      fourunder RE: menton1 Aug 9, 2011 02:36 PM

                      Do you eat cardboard to know what it tastes like?

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                        fourunder RE: fourunder Aug 9, 2011 05:40 PM

                        Earlier, a often incorrect poster claimed the Plum tomatoes I mentioned above available @ Corrado's presently for $17 per bushel.......were not from New Jersey, but were from California & Texas....and tasted like cardboard. The tomatoes are indeed from New Jersey....I doubt they taste like cardboard.


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                    Vishne RE: Vishne Aug 11, 2011 08:16 AM

                    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We weren't able to find a free weekend to drive out to a farm, and weren't going to buy so much as to make the trip worthwhile. So we ended up getting a nice bulk-buy discount for some amazingly concentrated, ruby-colored tomatoes from the Samascott Orchards stand at the Columbia Greenmarket on the Upper West Side. Highly recommended, the crop seems to be at peak ripeness right now.

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