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Healdsburg: Blissfully going to Tomato Heaven - 200 varieties at Verdure Farm

rworange | Oct 7, 200902:06 PM

Tomato season will be over if I continue to wait for the link in the database to take. I've been waiting a few days now. This wonderful stand should not be missed.

I’m seriously considering driving 50 miles to get more of the gorgeous alabaster tomatoes with the extraordinary lemon flavor … and maybe more of the best, sweetest dry farmed Early Girls I’ve had in my life … in my life.

Only two miles from the center of town, anyone in the Healdsburg area who loves tomatoes should make this a must stop.

There are also heirloom apples, pears, melons and Italian varieties of eggplant, squash and onions.

The Profumo di Genova Basil is available by the stem or bunch and is cut to order. The woman at the stand walks a few feet to the basil patch and … snip, snip, snip … can’t get fresher than that. This site describes the basil perfectly

“I will be forever indebted to my good friend … who specializes in rare Italian vegetables and herbs for introducing this glorious basil to me. Lovely large leaves. Highly perfumed fragrance and so sweet it has to be experienced to be believed.”

The basil and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil was almost an out of body experience. Could anything be so divine?

There are a lot of vendors selling a dizzying palate of colors, but Verdure had the most distinct variety of flavors.

Four types of yellow/white tomatoes were each so different that they could be easily distinguished with eyes closed. Ditto for the five different orange tomatoes … some meaty with both a surprising acidic and sweet flavor … others delicate in flavor. I swear there was one tomato with a hint of lavendar in it. One white tomato had a hint of, well, socks, but when paired with the basil … oh my ... it really rang my chow bells ... loudly.

The prettiest tomato was one of those green tomatoes that is supposed to be green when ripe. When cut open, there was a beautiful blush of pink in the center.

Driving into the small dirt parking lot surrounded by the farm … it didn’t look like much. “This is heaven?”, I thought.

The modest stand is shaded by a huge olive tree and a canvas tarp with a small sign attatched that says "Tomato Heaven'. It is just a few tables, about the size of the average farmers market vendor.

There were only about a dozen crates. However, each box held three to five different varieties. I wish they were labeled but the pleasant woman at the stand knew each and every name, no matter how similar they looked.

The two apples were very nice with an interesting dense yet juicy texture. The Fameuse (snow apple) is described as

“One of the oldest and most desirable dessert apples, a parent of the aromatic McIntosh. Flesh is tender, spicy, distinctive in flavor”

I completely forgot to stop by The Tomato Patch Geyserville which has been reported on this board and described by one chef as having the world’s greatest tomatoes

I have to wonder if they could possible beat the tomatoes from heaven?

Tomato Heaven is open until November.

Verdure Farm - Tomato Heaven
2476 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
707 433 1403

Late July through November, every day 11-6

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