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Cost of Fresh Tomatoes at Farmers Markets

Rella Aug 22, 2011 06:24 AM

I haven't bought any fresh tomatoes this year from Farmers Markets until this last weekend (Woodstock, VA). I paid $2.50 a lb. Is this about the price you are paying your area?

  1. CindyJ Aug 23, 2011 05:29 AM

    The tomatoes at the farmers markets here in southeastern PA are still high -- $2.99+/lb. But the produce stands are selling even their heirloom varieties for 99 cents/lb -- a real bargain.

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      pj26 Aug 23, 2011 04:52 AM

      I paid 2 Euros for 500g yesterday in a market in France. Was a guy selling tomatoes (and only tomatoes) that he grew in his back yard.

      1. Karl S Aug 22, 2011 03:19 PM

        In the Boston area markets, 2.50-3.50 is typical.

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          FireFlyFiftyFive Aug 22, 2011 02:59 PM

          Paid $2 a pound for beefsteaks last week in San Diego. Tasted just fine with me.

          Heirlooms were $3.50 or so.

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            wonderwoman Aug 22, 2011 02:43 PM

            found one stand at the central square (cambridge ma) market today selling heirlooms for $2/lb -- everyone else was $3. a price war, maybe?

            on a side note, here in massachusetts the too short native strawberry season is in late june, and this year was cut short by heavy rains. so i was delighted to find a vendor selling a later-bearing variety today -- a bargain at $6.50/quart.

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              andrewtree Aug 22, 2011 02:21 PM

              $2.50-$4.00 here in Santa Fe, including for heirlooms, getting very tempted to can some salsa.

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                chefathome Aug 22, 2011 02:16 PM

                $5/lb for Romas in Alberta. Thank goodness I grow my own tomatoes - I shudder to think of what heirlooms would be!

                1. monavano Aug 22, 2011 01:40 PM

                  Around $1.60/lb. for seconds used to freeze sauce. I have to say the quality and taste was incredible, so I'm a happy camper ;-)

                  1. Uncle Bob Aug 22, 2011 01:31 PM

                    ...And just think....When I was a Jr, in High School I had an acre (6000 plants) of tomatoes one summer....I was tickled pink to get 30 Cents a pound wholesale for them...$5.00 for a 5 gallon bucket of culls for canning....Thought I was getting rich!!

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                      jnky Aug 22, 2011 01:33 PM

                      Holy Cow....we are paying 1.25-1.59/lb here at the local Farmer's Market...just did so Saturday :)

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                      LeoLioness Aug 22, 2011 01:19 PM

                      $4/lb in Boston.

                      1. MsDiPesto Aug 22, 2011 01:05 PM

                        I stopped at a roadside stand just outside DC in MD on the way home to VA from work and paid $3 per pound. They were OK, but thickskinned, and the guy swore they were from a local farm town. They did make good BLTs.

                        I haven't been to the farmer's markets this year, they're just too much for my budget.

                        1. ladyberd Aug 22, 2011 09:05 AM

                          I'm in NJ and my farmer's market charges $2.50 for most varieties. Heirlooms were $3.50 last weekend.


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                            SeaSide Tomato Aug 22, 2011 09:09 AM

                            In boston area--$3 for "regular" and $4 fo rheirlooms. Learned to swallow prices after doing my own gardening--If I were selling mine, the cost would have to be higher!

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                            escondido123 Aug 22, 2011 08:35 AM

                            At my Farmers' Market in Escondido, heirlooms run from $2.50-$3 a lb last week, at least a dollar more a pound at local groceries.

                            1. monavano Aug 22, 2011 07:10 AM

                              In the DC/Northern Va area, prices are generally $3-$4 per pound. I do my best to find seconds for half price or less.
                              I find $4 and above per pound to be odious. I once (ONCE) bought a gorgeous, rather large red and yellow striped tomato for $8. I was so stymied once that thing was weighed and told how much it was, that I handed over my money and got mad at myself later for not walking away.
                              Heirloom tomatoes do not need more expensive soil or designer water to grow. They grow just the same as Beefsteak or any other garden variety.
                              I hate the price gouging when it comes to tomatoes.
                              As an aside, I remember a few years ago, watching a woman pay for 2 tomatoes at a farmers market. She turned around to her husband, totally flabbergasted, and said, "I just paid $5 for this!". I thought to myself, "yup".

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                                tcamp Aug 22, 2011 08:32 AM

                                Also in NoVa, saw/bought tomatoes in Alexandria on Saturday from 1.75 (regular, local reds) to 3.00 (heirloom) per pound. Prices were about .40 cents cheaper than last week so we must be in high season.

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                                  monavano Aug 22, 2011 08:44 AM

                                  Good price! Which market, may I ask? Old Town/Del Ray?
                                  (I go to most markets in Alexandria but haven't seen that cheap yet)

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                                    tcamp Aug 22, 2011 12:09 PM

                                    Old Town, rather surprisingly.

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                                dmjordan Aug 22, 2011 07:05 AM

                                I buy 5 medium to large for $5. I'm guessing it's about 2.5/3 lbs. This is in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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                                  odkaty Aug 22, 2011 06:39 AM

                                  I stopped at 3 different farmers markets in PG County, MD this weekend and saw prices ranging from $3/lb to $5.50/lb.

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                                    Maryld Aug 22, 2011 06:33 AM

                                    i'm paying around 4.00 a pound for heirlooms in Westchester County, NY, However, they are worth it.

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