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Jul 29, 2013 01:57 PM

East End tomatoes

I picked up a loaf of white bread, iceberg lettuce and applewood smoked bacon yesterday in anticipation of scoring a few fat, juicy tomatoes at the nursery this morning for my first BLT of the season. What they had instead were hothouse tomatoes, and I was told that it will be a short tomato season this year. Is this true? Coll, Moto, NofoLady – are there any maters out there on the North Fork?

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  1. I've been getting local medium size at my stand on Mill Rd, and some giants plus luscious yellow cherry ones at Andersons on Sound Ave. The ones in my garden are also coming along nicely, I've picked at least a dozen so the season is here. Maybe not enough yet to export further up the island? But they are here, don't worry. And seem to be abundant, sorry maybe we're hogging them all so far?

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    1. re: coll

      That's a relief!
      This nursery sends a truck out to the NF seven days a week for plants and produce (from Schmitt Farms, I believe) so it's not an export issue. Looks like I'm going to have to make a trip out later this week if I want to get my BLT and Caprese fix on.
      Thanks, Coll!

      1. re: EM23

        Well the places I mentioned definitely have them. They stopped ripening during the heat wave, but that's old news now.

    2. The tomatoes on my vines are just starting to come in. Just picked 4 medium sized juicy red tomatoes.
      Lots of sweet cherries and a plentitude of big green ones.

      1. I can't speak about the farm stands, but everything I've seen has been too "perfect", and looks hothouse to me. But in my own garden in Queens, its been a terrible season. I harvested 5-6 in the past week, and that seems to be it for this year...none coming in on the plants.

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        1. re: EricMM

          Some of the farm stands have medium sized tomatoes that they are calling 4th of July's they do seem a bit too perfect.
          My home grown crop will be plenty for us.

        2. I agree that the tomatoes at most farm stands on the far east end of the NF do not seem tempting. Until I see anything better more locally, I will continue to buy at KK's Farm stand on the Main Road between Greenport and Southold, not far from Port of Egypt on north side of the road. Excellent cherry tomatoes and great-looking heirlooms. (will try this weekend)

          Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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          1. re: erica

            I was at KK's The Farm in Southold over the weekend and the tomatoes were abundant and glorious: 59945 Main Rd Southold

          2. Thanks everyone! I have saved this thread and will know exactly who to blame for my expected August/ September BLT weight gain. :))

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            1. re: EM23

              Make sure you use that amazing North Fork Bacon!!!

                1. re: EM23

                  It's sold at the butcher shop in Wading River just across from King Kullen.