I detest the hydroponic/hothouse/gassed, pink, mealy, flavorless tomatoes that are passed for real in the area grocery stores. Unfortunately, even many of the farmers markets carry them in the peak of tomato growing season.
Last year at the Charlotte regional farmers market, I saw what looked like gassed tomatoes labeled with a homemade sign saying "LOCAL". When I asked the helper where they came from, he pointed to the box, which said "Florida". As I walked away, I heard the owner of the stand come up to his helper, and in a nasty tone say "you make sure you tell these people these tomatoes are local!"
I used to go to an out-of-the-way fireworks stand in south Charlotte that carried real vine-ripened tomatoes that the owner's neighbor grew, but he sold the place, and the new owner apparently doesn't do this anymore. So, my new quest for summer is on.
Can anyone help me out? Who in the Charlotte area carries real vine-ripened tomatoes during the summer?