Plum Tomatoes
Plum Tomatoes
Photo: Half bushels of plum tomatoes, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, August 21,  2015
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since the 1990's. Available mid August - late September 2021.

Solanum lycopersicum

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Update Aug 12 2021
We have now taken enough orders to consider the 2021 crop sold out, so cannot take any more orders at this time.
Hopefully we will pick a few more than expected. These will be available by chance as they come in from the field.
We will post further updates here should there be any change in availability.
Thank you for your understanding
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Our tomatoes are enjoying the summer sunshine and getting bigger every day. The plum tomato harvest will begin mid August, and we expect to have a good supply until late September, possibly early October.

Our goal is to grow the very best tasting plum tomatoes possible. We select varieties that taste great, and grow and harvest them the way Mother Nature intended.

Did you know that just about all plum tomatoes are artificially ripened and harvested by machine? Yuck! That's not the way we do it! Our tomatoes are sun ripened, and picked by hand. This means they'll taste delicious, it also means they cost a bit more, but your sauce is worth it!

We pick our tomatoes directly into bushels: that's 16 quarts, or about 27 lbs, this will make a least 8 jars of sauce (quart size). Full bushels are just too heavy for our fully ripe tomatoes, especially for the ones at the bottom of the bushel!
You may use our tomatoes right away, if not, spread them out in a single layer (if you have a lot, a tarpaulin in the garage works well). This way the tomatoes will continue to ripen for about 5 days, depending on temperature and humidity.

We have Roma and San Marzano tomatoes available. San Marzano's are longer and thinner than Roma's, have better name recognition, and celebrity chefs swear by them. However, in our farm kitchen taste tests, we find our Roma's to be slightly more flavourful than the S.M.s, and they make slightly thicker sauce, also, half a bushel of Roma's makes a bit more sauce than the same amount of SM's would.
Admittedly, the differences are subtle, why not try some of each and tell us your favourite!

Our 2021 prices:
Romas are $14.50/ bu, 10 or more $12.50 each.
San Marzano's are $16.50/ bu, 10 or more $14.50 each (Roma's are higher yielding which makes them less expensive to grow and pick which is why they are slightly less expensive).
This season most of our plum tomatoes will be sold by pre-order. Please email tomatoes@hutchinsonfarm.ca and tell us what day you'd like to pick up your tomatoes, and how many 1/2 bushels you would like.