yes mrmaplewood - for us tomato lovers, it's a sad state of affairs. I understand the need to produce tomatoes that are "hardy" enough to survive long-distance transport, but there must be a market for providing good quality tomatoes, that don't have to travel cross country, and that are only available for a couple of months a year. I've only tried farmer's market heirloom varieties a few times, and I've not been too impressed. They seem to focus on producing tomatoes that are deliberately ugly, rather than something that tastes good.
The solution, I guess, is to grow your own, but some of us just don't have the land to do it. (are there community gardens around here? Where you can rent a plot of land for the summer and grow your own?)
drummerboy said:The solution, I guess, is to grow your own, but some of us just don't have the land to do it. (are there community gardens around here? Where you can rent a plot of land for the summer and grow your own?)
You don't need a large plot of land. Even space on a balcony for a couple of pots will do - just to grow a few plants to (re-) discover the authentic tomato taste.
Edited to add: Do you have garden clubs or similar near you? You might be able to pick up some tasty varieties to try out.
This is the group I get many of my plants from - although, I don't think they'd be allowed to send plants to the US. Then again, who knows?
At Dreyer Farms in Westfield you can buy bushels of imperfect tomatoes for sauce. Pretty reasonable. You have to ask for them.
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