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 2020.

Solanum lycopersicum

What a Strange Year!
With folks spending more time at home (you know why), they're planting more in their gardens, cooking more in their kitchens, and shopping more at local farms. Demand for our plum tomatoes has been overwhelming. We planted more than ever this year, but it may not be enough for everyone! Recent cool temperatures (especially at night), has delayed ripening.

The bad news: We would love more than anything to be able to take your orders, alas at present, our order book is full. We cannot take any more orders. Thank you for understanding!!

The good news:
the crop is excellent, and we hope to pick more tomatoes than we expect (we are basing our orders on a conservative estimate of yield). We will publish availability on our homepage, but it will be first come, first serve. Some customers are getting lucky by happening to be at the farm when the trailer comes in from our field. We do not pick on a fixed schedule, rather when they are ripe, every few days, usually once the tomatoes have dried off from the morning dew.
Our homepage and Facebook is the best place to check, as our phone is ringing off the hook, you can expect a busy signal, sorry. We will be picking tomatoes until at least mid September, sometimes into October

Here's some information on our sauce/canning tomatoes:

The 2020 tomato season has had lots of sunny warm days, rain from mother nature, and some irrigation during the dry spells, and the crop is excellent. The plum tomato harvest has begun, and due to lower than normal temperatures, it will be a long season, 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. I 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 ½ 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 Marzanos are longer and thinner than Romas, have better name recognition, and celebrity chefs swear by them. However, in our farm kitchen taste tests, we find our Romas to be slightly more flavourful than the S.M.s, and they make slightly thicker sauce. Admittedly the differences are subtle, why not try some of each and tell us your favourite!

Our 2020 prices are $14.50/ ½ bu, 10 or more $12.50 each. We know you can probably find less expensive tomatoes elsewhere, but our customers say that ours are worth it. If you’re skeptical about this, do a taste test! One time a customer of ours did just that. One batch of sauce made with our Romas, one batch made with the “other guys”, then the whole family got together for a spaghetti dinner taste test. Long story short, they actually poured one batch of sauce down the drain, and only buy our tomatoes now!