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2014/08/04 13:34:03 (permalink)

Jersey tomatoes

We were visiting family in Ocean City yesterday, and since MJ and I love tomatoes, and Wegman's is having a hard time getting decent heirloom tomatoes, I picked up about 5 pounds of New Jersey tomatoes, aka Rutgers or Ramapo tomatoes.
 
I have to give a decided, "Eh." they're okay I guess. They're better than some, not as good as others. The flavor was a bit thin, and it had no warmth to it. Too much flesh, too little seed and pulp.
 
On a 1-10, I'd give them a 6 or a 7. Good enough to eat, certainly, but nothing to rave about.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 15:03:37 (permalink)
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You and MJ need to come to Ohio!  We're having a bumper crop of tomatoes AND corn!!  All delicious. 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 15:08:31 (permalink)
Go for the New Jersey Blueberries. Unquestionably, the best in the USA!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 15:35:32 (permalink)
...one place does not a state make....we've had some superb Jersey Fresh tomatoes this season....can't condemn a whole type of tomato based on one sampling!!!!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 16:20:59 (permalink)
Jersey wouldn't know a good tomato if you threw it at them! 
 
Only ONE place is known as the QUALITY Tomato Capital!
 
http://www.pittstontomatofestival.com/
 
But, we do use some Jersey Tomatoes in Pittston.
 
[tube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHobyMWXhhE[/tube]
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHobyMWXhhE
post edited by joerogo - 2014/08/04 16:22:14
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 16:47:32 (permalink)
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 16:57:21 (permalink)
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Is there ANYTHING Pittston is not #1 at? 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:01:59 (permalink)
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HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm


I knew that Ohio was the birthplace of the tomato but I didn't have enough of the facts to make the statement. Thank you Michael.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:07:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2014/08/04 17:20:06
I've been to Reynoldsburg and I never saw a tomato.  Never, ever.  I think the birthplace of the tomato was in California, PA in my grandfather's garden.  The best beefsteak tomatoes.  Us kids would take a salt shaker, go out to the garden, pick a tomato and slurp it down in the hot summer sun.  THAT was a tomato!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:07:50 (permalink)
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HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm


I knew that Ohio was the birthplace of the tomato but I didn't have enough of the facts to make the statement. Thank you Michael.


My pleasure. Come up sometime for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:16:13 (permalink)
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joerogo
Is there ANYTHING Pittston is not #1 at? 





Hmmm....No, nothing I can think of. 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:18:48 (permalink)
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HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm




Michael, We didn't invent the tomato, we just perfected it!  The QUALITY Tomato Capital 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:31:54 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm




HA HA HA HA HA, and here I thought it was Gary, Indiana.  Man I miss the old days.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 17:34:35 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm




Michael, We didn't invent the tomato, we just perfected it!  The QUALITY Tomato Capital 




Joe - you have seen the red gold tomato commercial, about the best places to grow tomatoes.
Here in Indiana we can drive through towns like:  Greenfield, Spiceland and other garden names, and most of the fields around them support tomatoes not corn.  Although the corn crops arent too shabby either.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/04 21:27:25 (permalink)
Well we're still going to eat them! But we come from a place that has better tomatoes IMO.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 08:03:33 (permalink)
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Well we're still going to eat them! But we come from a place that has better tomatoes IMO.



Tom, Let me know if you are coming to the Tomato Festival, we'll tip a cold one!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 08:46:54 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman
HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't you people know that Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the Birthplace of the Tomato?
 
http://www.roadmuseum.org/3_04_reynoldsburg,_oh.htm




Michael, We didn't invent the tomato, we just perfected it!  The QUALITY Tomato Capital 




Joe - you have seen the red gold tomato commercial, about the best places to grow tomatoes.
Here in Indiana we can drive through towns like:  Greenfield, Spiceland and other garden names, and most of the fields around them support tomatoes not corn.  Although the corn crops arent too shabby either.




CK, It's all in the soil.  We have acidic soil with sulphur and all other kinds of nasty stuff that translates into great tasting tomatoes.  Not to knock Jersey Tomatoes, well, I can't help but knock Jersey Tomatoes....sandy soil with copious amounts of chemical fertilizers does not make a good tasting tomato.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 10:09:19 (permalink)
Indiana, Indiana, Indiana. You have never had a tomato, until  you have had an Indiana tomato, end of story.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 11:42:50 (permalink)
http://robie2.hubpages.com/hub/History-and-Lore-of-the-Jersey-Tomato-Recipes-Tips
 
I guess you think your state has the best tomatoes, depending on where your state is...Pennsylvania(really???), Ohio, Indiana....but I've googled this for hours, and one state keeps coming up in the articles(only one included above) and that state is NEW JERSEY, home of the famous Jersey Tomato....do your research, Pennsylvania, Ohio Indiana, Arizona etc. etc. etc. etc.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 11:50:19 (permalink)
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Indiana, Indiana, Indiana. You have never had a tomato, until  you have had an Indiana tomato, end of story.


We have grown very fond of the Red Gold brand for every type of tomato -- we are longtime snobs for Heinz, but Red Gold is better!  And their various other products have replaced all the Hunt's and Contadina and others in our cupboard.  
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 12:00:36 (permalink)
Being from the Pittsburgh area, I'm a Heinz snob too.  But when I buy canned tomatoes, it's San Marzano from Italy. 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 12:42:23 (permalink)
....yes,canned, San Marzano.....be sure they're imported, not Calfornia grown...soil makes the difference!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 13:15:41 (permalink)
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http://robie2.hubpages.com/hub/History-and-Lore-of-the-Jersey-Tomato-Recipes-Tips
 
I guess you think your state has the best tomatoes, depending on where your state is...Pennsylvania(really???), Ohio, Indiana....but I've googled this for hours, and one state keeps coming up in the articles(only one included above) and that state is NEW JERSEY, home of the famous Jersey Tomato....do your research, Pennsylvania, Ohio Indiana, Arizona etc. etc. etc. etc.


Actually I did google it, and that article has some errors. The New Jersey tomato was developed by Rutgers University in the mid 1960s. However, it was unsuitable for the commercial market (I don't know why) and eventually fell out of favor. It was reintroduced in 2008 and has slowly become more popular.

New Jersey Tomatoes: What's all the Hype About?
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 13:22:51 (permalink)
Here's another article that says exactly the same thing I said, that they're not as good as they used to be, but getting better.

But that high-quality product used to be even better, Rovins said.

“The memory of that tomato will never leave people’s minds,” she said. And, she notes, since a lot of people’s memories are linked to their senses, “the flavor and smell of the Jersey tomato stays with you for much of your life. They were that good.”

Really good, but they fell short in the beauty department. “They weren’t perfect looking,” Rovins admits. “They had cracks and slits.”

For those who recall the good old Jersey tomato taste and wonder why today’s Jersey tomato just doesn’t have it, Rovins assured, “Your taste buds haven’t changed, tomatoes changed.”

“I believe that there’s been a drop-off in quality,” Orton said. “They have more the consistency of an apple than a tomato.”
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 14:26:37 (permalink)
Pittston is as good as it ever was!  And if you throw your coal ashes in the garden.....even better!
 
BTW, we do have an official Pittston Tomato.  Born and bred right here in the Big City 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 14:53:47 (permalink)
Fans of NJ tomatoes, or even detractors who are willing to be converted, should try to make it to the Rutgers Tomato Festival. We went last year (even wrote about it in some thread or other, if I recall). A great way to spend a lazy late afternoon in the beautiful farmland (yes beautiful farmland) of west Jersey, sampling some 60 varieties of Jersey Tomatoes:
 
http://snyderfarm.rutgers.edu/snyder-events.html
 
 
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 15:12:47 (permalink)
What's the deal? Tomatoes is good.
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 15:54:32 (permalink)
Yep, they is!!
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 16:19:49 (permalink)
yup dey be gud ets
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Re: Jersey tomatoes 2014/08/05 18:22:19 (permalink)
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Pittston is as good as it ever was!  And if you throw your coal ashes in the garden.....even better!
 
BTW, we do have an official Pittston Tomato.  Born and bred right here in the Big City 


Hmmm.......you might be right.  Gramps was a coal miner and had a coal furnace.  He probably threw those ashes in the garden.  Not only did he have the most spectacular tomatoes, he had leeks and pumpkin flowers like I've never seen.
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