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NJ Tomatoes

I've tried growing tomatoes again this year and they developed blossom-end rot. The tomatoes even at Wegmans don't look that great.

Any suggestions on a store or farmer's market that has great tomatoes?

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  1. Depeneds where you are in the state .. but I got some great ones at Melick's in Bridgewater/North Branch.

      1. My home garden was a late bloomer this year but finally we are harvesting nice tomatoes. Obviously as the other two posters have pointed out knowing what area you are in helps determine what is close to you but for Monmouth County, Delicous Orchards on Rt. 34 in Colts Neck is the place to go for both fruits and vegitables.

        1. I would recommend Battleview Orchards on Wemrock rd. in Freehold. Not only do they have amazing tomatoes, but the corn,peaches and nectarines are fantastic as well.

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          1. re: toonik

            While I agree with you that the tomatoes (lowest prices in the area) and corn (the white is unbelievably sweet) at Battleview Orchards are excellent, I totally disagree with you about the peaches. They are always like the proverbial Rocks of Gibralter, have absolutely no aroma, and never ripen properly.

            The Clayton Family Farm, on 537, in Freehold, has some luscious heirlooms though, sadly, not as bountiful as last year. Their regular tomatoes are also delicious.


            1. re: RGR

              I will Definately give Clayton farm a try. Try the Farm on Gully rd for heirloom tomatoes. Last summer they were pretty good.

          2. http://snyderfarm.rutgers.edu/tomatoe...
            Try not to miss out on the Rutgers annual tomato tasting!

            1. It's been a slow season for tomato ripening. This link should help find some markets that would work wherever you are: http://www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/se...

              1. Samahas on Lloyd Road in Aberdeen (just off 117A on the GSP) has spectacular produce, most of it grown on their own farm or very locally grown. They have Ramapo tomatoes and even though I grow my own heirlooms, I stop in at least a couple of weeks to grab a couple. Yeah, I have a tomato problem in August/ September.....

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                1. re: radiogrl1

                  I was about to suggest the same place. Samaha is my favorite farm in Summer for Tomatoes, Peaches, sometimes Squash blossoms and more.

                2. As noted farmers markets or stands are a good (the only?) source as far as I'm concerned. Does wegmans carry fresh, ripe picked heirlooms, rather than the standard and largely unexceptional hybrids?

                  Picked up some great heirlooms at the Tenafly and Hawthorne farmers markets this summer. Grocery stores in my area continue to carry the same crap they do all year long.

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                  1. re: tommy

                    Most of the local supermarkets in my area claim to carry "Jersey Grown" tomatoes, but they appear to be of suspiciously uniform size and are invariably refrigerated which renders them tasteless.

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      Are you referring to the "Jersey Fresh" signs, eM?

                      1. re: HillJ

                        No. These are just simply printed or hand scrawled signs proclaiming that tomatoes or other produce are locally grown or grown in NJ. To be honest I've not seen much of the "Jersey Fresh" campaign this year.

                        1. re: equal_Mark

                          The Jersey Fresh newsletter is the best way to rec' info that is current and more accurate reflected at markets, grocers and stands.

                  2. I recommend Corrado's if you're in the Clifton or northern NJ area.

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                    1. re: chicagothr

                      What types of tomatoes are they carrying?

                      1. re: chicagothr

                        As long as I can remember, during canning season for tomatoes......I do not know the farm/source, but Corrado's always offers both Roma/Plum and Beefsteak...Vine ripened and New Jersey grown in wooden bushels.....So I would agree during this time of year.

                      2. I picked up some really nice brown grapes at the Red Bank farmer's market today. I also got a tasty orange flesh watermelon, but those grape tomatoes are awesome.

                        1. Add lime to your soil to end the blossom-end rot.

                          1. We've been gettin excellent corn and tomatoes from Russo's on Extonville Rd. near Crosswicks/Allentown. See www.russosorchard.com

                            1. Key to avoiding end rot is 1 cup of lime in hole that you plant the seedlings in.

                              1. I picked up some New Jersey Beefsteaks and Heirlooms this past weekend in Oak Ridge, NJ. The stand says they will have tomatoes into October and you can special order. The Beefsteaks were 1.60/lb. The Heirlooms were 2.99/lb.

                                140 Grove Street @ Oak Ridge Road
                                Oak Ridge, NJ

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                                1. re: fourunder

                                  Brandywine Heirloom on the right side of the plate...Cherokee on the left.

                                    1. re: fourunder

                                      German Striper Heirloom