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Heirloom Tomatoes?

kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 07:44 AM

Does anyone know of a place to buy heirloom tomatoes? Not the plants, just the tomatoes

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  1. seal RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 07:55 AM

    They always have at least a few varieties at the Red Bank farmer's market Sunday mornings at the Galleria. I love the ones that look like mini watermelons.

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      RGR RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 08:09 AM

      It would be helpful to know which area of NJ you are in, but that said...

      Delicious Orchards, in Colts Neck, usually has an excellent selection of heirlooms. I shop almost daily at the Wegmans, in Manalapan. They do carry them, but there are none there right now.


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        kizabrat77 RE: RGR Aug 4, 2011 08:15 AM

        Good point! I'm in Middlesex county. But I'll travel for a good selection/quality

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          Check17 RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 08:22 AM

          Whole earth in princeton has a nice selection. I just picked some up yesterday, the regular sized tomatoes and the cherry sized tomatoes. What a treat!

      2. equal_Mark RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 08:20 AM

        I picked up several at Sickles Market in Little Silver yesterday. Had my first official mater sammich of the year!

        Sickles Market
        1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739

        1. MGZ RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 08:27 AM

          I agree that you should be able to find them at pretty much any of the local Farmers' Markets around the State. Here's a list including some in both Middlesex and Monmouth Counties: http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm...

          In Southern Monmouth, the day to day selection at Matt's Farm Market in Belmar is the quite good.

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            njkori RE: kizabrat77 Aug 4, 2011 02:23 PM

            They are readily available at the Farmer's Markets in Morris County, so surely they must have them in Middlesex County.

            I got a gorgeous one from my CSA (first of the season), and boy was it yummy. Sort of green and stripey on the outside, deep purple color on the inside. Caprese salad with homemade mozzarella. To die for.

            1. briansnat RE: kizabrat77 Aug 7, 2011 03:46 PM

              Crane Farm in Basking Ridge on Maple Ave grows their own heirlooms and sells them at their stand

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                RGR RE: kizabrat77 Aug 7, 2011 04:34 PM

                Following up on my earlier post, Wegmans, in Manalapan, now has heirlooms @$3.99/lb. The Wegmans in Woodbridge, which I presume would be closer to you (Middlesex County), is probably carrying them as well.


                1. JessKidden RE: kizabrat77 Aug 11, 2011 03:34 AM

                  The Clayton Family Farm stand, on Rt. 537 in Freehold Twp. (so, only a few miles south of Middlesex County), now has their heirloom tomatoes for sale, http://www.claytonfamilyfarm.com/ I think they were $3/lb. with quite a few different varieties (half dozen at least) when I stopped by yesterday for corn.

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                    RGR RE: JessKidden Aug 14, 2011 08:21 AM


                    Mega-thanks for posting about the Clayton Family Farm. I didn't know about it before. (I'd never traveled west on 537 past the hospital.) I went on Friday. Oh, my! So many varieties to choose from -- I think a dozen. Many more than at Delicious Orchards. I bought several types, and they were truly fabulous! Superior to any I've ever gotten at D.O., as well. We devoured them, so I went back yesterday to get some more, this time with camera in hand.

                    Heirloom Tomato photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


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                      RGR RE: RGR Aug 20, 2011 01:36 PM

                      Was at the Clayton Farm earlier today. Their heirlooms are pretty much done for the season. :( I was told this was due to the torrential rains we've had the past few days.


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                        MGZ RE: RGR Aug 21, 2011 09:00 AM

                        That seems odd. The heavy rains have prevented fruit from ripening, but there should still be a month left to the season, especially if the weather stays as warm as it is today.

                        I am still seeing them at various farmers' markets. My plants all have fruit on them though they will need a week or so without much rain to ripen properly. You may want to check back with them in week or so.

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                          maryanne06 RE: MGZ Aug 21, 2011 09:18 AM

                          There were wonderful heirlooms at the Hawthorne farmers market today. Summer goes too fast!

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                            MGZ RE: MGZ Aug 28, 2011 08:44 AM

                            OK. I give. I'm pretty sure my season is done now too. At least I can fry the green ones!

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                            missybean RE: RGR Aug 21, 2011 10:36 AM

                            I am surprised that there are none left unless it is a result of damage. I was at Matt's yesterday (Sat 8/20) and they did not have any heirlooms. When I asked, they told me the rains prevented them from picking their heirloom tomatoes but that they expected to have them back again later in the week. I hope so. Last week they had some "San Marzano" tomatoes which were unbelievable roasted with a touch of olive oil and basil.

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                              equal_Mark RE: missybean Aug 21, 2011 12:40 PM

                              Was at Sickles Market today, and they did have heirlooms, though some of the larger ones had some cracking on the stem ends due to excessive rain. Pretty much just a cosmetic issue though.

                              Am currently going through another round of T-storms, though the rest of the week appears forcasted to be warm and dry.

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                                RGR RE: equal_Mark Aug 24, 2011 03:13 PM

                                I trekked to Sickles yesterday. Wow! Their heirlooms are VERY expensive! $5.99/lb. That's double the cost at the Clayton Farm and $2 more than Delicious Orchards and Wegmans.

                                I hadn't been to Sickles in ages and looking around, I thought all their prices were ridiculously high. Made D.O., which is hardly inexpensive, look cheap by comparison.

                                Btw, Battleview has the best price around for regular tomatoes (their own) -- $.99/lb.


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                                  equal_Mark RE: RGR Aug 24, 2011 05:46 PM

                                  I've been buying my heirlooms at Sickles for several weeks at $3.99. May have to find an alternate late season source...

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                                    bakersma RE: equal_Mark Aug 24, 2011 07:28 PM

                                    What about Dearborn Farms in Holmdel on Rt 35 at Union Avenue ? I don't know if they have any heirloom tomatoes or the asking price if they do, but might be worth a phone call if you are still looking for them. Just a thought.....

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                        Ted in Central NJ RE: kizabrat77 Aug 12, 2011 08:59 AM

                        You might want to check out the farm market at The Griggstown Quail Farm in the southern part of Franklin Township. For the past two weeks, when I went to their CSA for my weekly allotment, I was given some big beautiful Heirloom tomatoes, along with lots of "conventional" tomatoes and other produce.

                        I can't guarantee that the farm market will have the same items as are given to the CSA members, but the items are frequently the same. And...the quality is superb!

                        Griggstown Quail Farm
                        986 Canal Rd, Princeton, NJ

                        1. melodylewis80 RE: kizabrat77 Aug 12, 2011 09:02 AM

                          Try to find some Black Russian tomatoes. We grow them and love them! Great heirloom breed.

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                            pellegrino31 RE: kizabrat77 Aug 12, 2011 02:17 PM

                            Princeton Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings near the train station - I can't recall the name of the stand - but last weekend they had great heirloom tomatoes and were selling them 3 for $5 or something like that, which I think is a terrific deal. They were delicious.

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                              eleeper RE: kizabrat77 Aug 14, 2011 07:24 PM

                              I've seen them at Hauser Hill Farms on Ticetown Road in Old Bridge.

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                                Applecheeks RE: kizabrat77 Aug 23, 2011 06:43 PM

                                Rutger's Gardens is having a Tomato tasting on August 31 starting at 3pm. They are having heirloom tomatoes for tasting. I believe they will be selling them, as well. You might want to call them and be sure they are selling them before you go. I have an address, but not a phone number or website address.

                                Rutgers Gardens
                                140 Locust Grove Road
                                Pittstown, NJ

                                Rutgers Garden
                                112 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ

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                                  ambrose RE: Applecheeks Aug 24, 2011 03:35 AM

                                  Applecheeks, I posted some additional information about the Tomato Tasting here:


                                  I honestly don't know if tomatoes are sold at this event but you can definitely have a great time tasting dozens of varieties. Lots of other stuff going on too. Go early!

                                2. ambrose RE: kizabrat77 Sep 6, 2011 06:44 AM

                                  I was at the Dvoor Farm farmers' market in Flemington yesterday and two vendors had a decent supply of big, juicy, tasty heirloom tomatoes.


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