Gouge Alert: Tomatoes at Farmers' Market Reach $6.99/lb

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Wow! $6.99 per pound is a lot to pay for tomatoes.


We've seen them selling anywhere from $3.99 to $5.99 per pound over the last several weeks -- hothouse-grown tomatoes at farmers' markets in Union Square, Abingdon Square, Tompkins Square, and St. Marks Church.

But the price has reached a new high -- a whopping $6.99 per pound in Union Square today at McEnroe Organic Farm of Millerton, New York, which is just up the Hudson from the city. So we've decided to call a Gouge Alert, because they're not worth that much by a long shot.

If you must buy, pick one up first and smell the point where the stem joins the flesh. If it smells intensely of tomato, buy it. If it smells like nothing, move on, because there's a high correlation between how a tomato smells and how a tomato tastes.


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We're calling a Gouge Alert on McEnroe Organic Farm for a punishingly high price on tomatoes.

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7 comments
Guest
Guest

Watch out for higher prices for tomatoes if we get hit by late blight again.  Supply and demand.

Lugdus
Lugdus

I went to tell them i would  not buy at that price but they were sold out.

Garsleat
Garsleat

Is there a reason for the price hike? I cannot spend that amount of budget, so I'm currently resorting to Chinatown tomatoes at $1/lb.

Xxsugarkainxx
Xxsugarkainxx

It just goes to show what sort of quality these tomatoes have!!! They are absolutely delicious and I would pay $8.99 lb for these tasty tomatoes!!

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

My understanding is that they charge whatever they feel like, but in this case I think they were too greedy...

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Well you won't have to, highroller, because when I went by this afternoon, the price had been slashed to $5.99 per pound. Of course, most of the other vendors of hothouse tomatoes were selling theirs for $4 per pound...

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