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Buying lots of seconds Tomatoes at the Mt. P Farmer's Market


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I recently got a large pressure canner, and want to try my hand at canning 20-30 lbs of tomatoes.  I figure now is a good time to buy them, and would be happy to get seconds quality as I am going to peel them and store them.  I thought I could try to pick them up at my local farmer's market.  Has anyone ever done this?  How do I go about it?  Contact the farmers in advance and put in an order?  What should I expect to pay?

Lots of questions...

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I've done seconds for apples and peaches. At least a few farmers will have seconds at the market in a separate box off to the side or by the truck. I noticed a few vendors were selling tomato seconds last Saturday at the Falls Church farmers market. They still want money for them, but its discounted. Varies per farmer I suppose. You don't need to call ahead unless you want to buy a couple boxes. Its prime season now.

Seems to be a good year for tomatoes, relative to last summer at least. My CSA is full of tomatoes and the FC farmers market was overflowing with red fruit this past Saturday.

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Just ask the producer if they sell bulk/ bulk seconds and at what price. They may have bulk on hand or may tell  you when they expect to sell bulk. Just ask around.

I got bulk from Garner's at the 14th + U market for a couple years and last year, from a farmer at the West End Alexandria market.

Tomatoes have been excellent this year.

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Heinz at Next Step at Dupont Market has boxes of seconds... both, red and heirloom.  I can't quote my price since I buy 10 at a time.  Zach at Tree & Leaf should have a lot.  Garden's Gourmet across from Toigo also is a good source.  RIchfiled at Mt P has both red and Heirloom seconds.  

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