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Sonoma: Lonestar Organics - one of the best tomatoes I've had in my life

rworange | Sep 10, 201110:28 PM

Lonestar is known for figs, but the figs are late this year. So, no figs for me today.

This was almost the first crop of tomatoes. Baskets of mixed herilooms were $3. On the drive to Napa, I sampled one. It was superb ... candy sweet, but acidic ... in a good way. The type of tomato that if you have chapped lips will make them tingle. Biting into the skin, it snapped liked the casing of a plump sausage. The flesh was firm with a nice touch of juice.

With the first bite my immediate thought was "this is one of the best tomatoes I've had in my life".

By time I reached Napa, I had finished the nine tomatoes. They were all good. The plum tomatoes juicy and I imagine that they would make marevelous Bloody Mary's. Another sweet tomato had less acid but was still complex and wonderful.

The perfect Bartlet pears, some beautifly blushing deep red were juicy ripe.

Nothing could match that tomato though. I think in the photo below it was the dark one in the basket in the front row on the left.

There was also a few lemon cucumbers in a yellow enamel pot and some green apples in a straw basket.

According to this 2003 link ...


"Cindy George and Patrick Macaulay of Lonestar Organics in Sonoma grow four kinds of figs -- Black Mission (deep purple skin, strawberry flesh), Brown Turkey (larger, purple skin, strawberry flesh), Kadota (green skin, amber flesh) and White Genoa (white skin, amber flesh.)

Lonestar, which also grows organic niche crops such as heirloom tomatoes, peppers and basil ... The daughter of ranchers from Idaho, George first got into figs when she and her husband moved to Sonoma 15 years ago and discovered three large Mission fig trees in their back yard that were more than 50 years old.

About seven years ago, George started selling figs in front of her house. Her gardener and business partner, Macaulay, joined her four years ago, after planting an orchard on his property southeast of town."

In-season, the figs are also sold at Sonoma Market. The stand is located almost across the street from Sebastiani Winery.

If you drive along the quiet farm roads and side streets of Sonoma during the last warm, golden days of summer, look for the handwritten sign or small table set with produce. The small home farms peek out and invite you to stop.

There's the place with the tomatoes in Glen Ellen where they will walk into the garden and pick tomatoes off the vine. A small home across the street from Vella cheese has a table spread with tomatoes, glorious persimmons or other in-season produce. There are gypsy produce trucks barely hidden on the side of the road. The Vineyards restaurant has a table in the corner with organic produce for sale.

I took a lucky wrong turn and saw a sandwich board on the sidewalk announcing that organic heirloom tomatoes and bartlet pears were for sale. A small table covered with a red and white check tablecloth was set amoung old vine zinfandel grapes. There is an honor box on the table to leave money.

The stand is open when there is ripe produce available, usually on Frday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes Wednesday and Thursday. If there's lots of produce they may be open Monday and Tuesday. Approximate hours are 11 - 6 pm. Look for the sandwich board. It is in front of a small house with a white fence, trellis and lots of roses in the front garden.

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Lonestar Organics
367 East Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476

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