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Jun 30, 2013 09:53 PM

Green Tomatoes

Hi everyone! This is my first post here! :)

I'm looking for a place to buy green tomatoes- I want to attempt fried green tomatoes. I just got back from a trip to North Carolina and had them for the first they are all I can think about!

Ideas? Suggestions?


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  1. I ocassionally see them at farmers' markets, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't find some in the stalls at Pike Place Market. It is worth planting tomotoes just to be able to harvest them while still green to make FGT.

    Good luck, and let us know where you find them.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Gizmo56

      I see them at farmer's markets every year, too.

      1. re: Gizmo56

        Get a tomato plant in a gallon container, get it in the ground with enough sun and water and BOOM: Green Tomatoes. Since you do not intend to ripen them, you can get big-fruited tomato varieties like Beefsteak that make big fruit but can't ripen in this climate. No reputable nursery,of course, will sell you such a guaranteed failure, but I often see them at big-box nurseries for cheap. You can just get a bag of container-mix, dump it in a 5 gallon bucket or whatever (with drainage holes aplenty) put the tomato in there and water.
        Hang buckets in the sun or put them on a slab on a porch-rail, where you can reach them.

        1. re: mrnelso

          I rolled past the garden-plant racks in front or the Ballard Market today and saw several 3-foot tall tomato plants with tomatoes the size of handballs in the racks of vegetable starts just outside the North door. Buy the plant, pick off the tomatoes. Plant and water it for even more tomatoes if you like.

      2. If you are in the north end, you're welcome to come collect some from my garden!