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 2022.

Solanum lycopersicum

Update: best to call the farm, 905-335-2515, for latest availability

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 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 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 2022 prices:
We sell by the half bushel, which is 16 quarts, or about 27 pounds. This makes about 10 quart (or litres if you prefer) jars of sauce.
San Marzano $18.50 each, 10 or more $16.50 each.
Roma’s are $16.00 each, 10 or more $14.00 each.

This season most of our plum tomatoes will be sold by pre-order. Please email ( and tell us what day (NOT Monday or Tuesday) from mid August to late September you'd like to pick up your tomatoes, and how many 1/2 bushels you would like.
Note Aug 31: Supply is very tight, best to call the farm.