local source for heirloom tomatoes

esthermgrFebruary 19, 2008

Is there a good local source for heirloom tomatoes? I'm in Atlanta.

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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Hey:
Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter will have them starting March 15th. So far Brandywine, Stupice (nice early), Green Zebra, Jubilee, yellow pear. Next week we are starting MANY many more. The above are not organic. Will also have organic starting April 5th. I would suspect we will have 15-20 (minimum) varieties. Proceeds to our charitable organization: The Friendship Center, which is non-profit.

GGG

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 3:40PM
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georgia_transplant(7b)

Thanks for posting that GGG!

Couple questions: do you have an idea of prices per plant? And how is parking at the church on a Saturday? Do you expect big crowds?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 6:49PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

We don't have huge crowds the first day. April's sale will be intense, but most people walk and bring wagons. Our church is in the heart of a neighborhood so people walk or ride bikes a lot. Our parking lot is teensy, but there is street parking a plenty and for those who are disabled we can make parking room, or you can easily come up from the road in a wheelchair. If anyone needs help, we're ready and willing!
I can not list prices here so I will email anyone with a price who needs it.

GGG

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 10:59PM
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esthermgr

where is the church? Sounds like my kinda sale.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 3:09PM
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blazepepper(7b)

I looked it up, its in the East Atlanta area, On I-20, just east of downtown, off of moreland ave. exit. I'll see ya there. I'd also like some heirloom prices if possible. My email is bmcdonald724@aol.com. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 9:29PM
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blazepepper(7b)

I'm seeing more and more tomatoes already outside at the big box stores, this just blows my mind at how early it is.
Anyone else out there know any more local sources for heirlooms??

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 4:49PM
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ktga

I'm pretty sure the Oakhurst Garden in Decatur offers heirloom tomatoes during their sale each year. Organic, too. Sale is usually at the end of march i believe?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2008 at 10:58AM
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blazepepper(7b)

Man that Oakhurst Garden sounds awesome, I can't wait to visit. Are any of the Tomatoes and Peppers at Home Depot and Lowes Heirlooms?

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 1:59PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Oakhurst will have tomatoes. I'm just not sure of the varieties yet. If you are interested in growing your own, sign up for the veggie seeding class in early March!!

GGG

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 3:01PM
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ourhappyhome(7B)

My local Lowes and Home Depot carry Brandywine, Green Zebra and a bicolor, Mr. Stripey I think. I've seen them every year for the past few years.
April

    Bookmark   March 2, 2008 at 12:50PM
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blazepepper(7b)

Anyone going to the holy comforter sale this weekend? If so, will you be planting the seedlings? Still sounds a little early doesnt it? Can the holy comforter representative restate what they plan to have available.
thanks

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 12:30PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)
    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 2:39PM
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blazepepper(7b)

Thanks for the list, just reading it makes me excited for th growing season. Question, the Roma's they have, are then interdeterminate or determinate? Anyone had any luck w/ these? I buy romas in the store and we love them, but sometimes the same tomato appears to be called plum.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 3:40PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Romas are available April 5th! Not quite ready yet.

They are semi-determinate. Doesn't that sound confusing now!! They grow taller in the south, but not quite a crazy vine, bushier and usually to 5' or so unless you foliar feed with worm poop/micro nutrients and other stuff, then they can grow much larger. Romas are considered a type plum tomato, however Romas per se have more "insides" than some plum tomatoes do, which is what makes them perfect for cooking.
We have more tomatoes and peppers, and various types of eggplants finally coming along. I do not list anything until I see some sprouts!!

Hope you can all make it tomorrow. We'll be there (at least some of us) rain or shine.

GGG

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 4:30PM
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blazepepper(7b)

Did the sale go on? I figured with all of the tonadic activity in that area that it would have been postponed?
If so, how was the turn out, any plans to reschedule another sale if this one was dampened by the weather?
thanks

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 7:15PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Uh, no. I called the moment the storm hit and cancelled it because after one look at my back yard, I knew there was no way I could make it. I couldn't even get out of my own yard until the city came to clean up the trees later that PM. And then asking our guys to walk or come on the bus and having to get home in potentially bad weather is not happening. Rain is ok as they have umbrellas.
If you can come during the week, we are open Tuesday and Thursday AM 10-12 for work, and we'll also be there to serve you. Next date is April 5th for a Saturday. My Saturdays are kind of full up until then getting my house and property stabilized, plus I have to begin working full-time at one of my "real jobs" to pay for the tornado damage here.

GGG

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 1:11PM
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blazepepper(7b)

GGG, glad to hear you are ok from the storm. Sorry for all the damage you sustained

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 1:28PM
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railroadrabbit(7b - Atlanta)

Is there another sale date?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:53PM
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blazepepper(7b)

GGG,

I'm specifically looking for a Green Zebra and a cherokee purple, just one of each. Do you think Village Hardware would have these 2 this week? thanks

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 1:53PM
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