In Search of the Jersey Tomato: Farm Stands

Terhune Orchards This summer, Gary Mount will offer more than 15 tomato varieties, including two that are new to the farm: dense, orange Grandma’s Garden, and smooth, rich Pruden’s Purple. And tomato season is the best time of year to sample the fresh farm-made salsa. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, 609-924-2310;

Cranbury Brook Farm Cranbury Brook Farm opens its honor-system farm stand with the first of the tomato harvest in mid-July, and keeps it stocked seven days a week until the first frost. Farm favorites include tiny, super-sweet Sungold and big, beefy Marianna’s Peace. 308 Federal Road, Monroe Township, 609-918-0351;

Krowicki’s Farm Market & GreenhouseKrowicki’s harvests 10 varieties of heirlooms, including pleasantly tart Orange Strawberry and richly sweet Black From Tula. And if you’re inspired to grow your own, Krowicki’s sells plants of all the tomatoes they grow. 862 Route 539, New Egypt; 609-758-1133.

Corner-Copia Corner-Copia boasts 12 varieties of heirlooms, including big and hearty Oxheart and meaty, full-flavored Howard German. The mixed-tomato grab bag, which features a colorful assortment of four to six types, is a perfect way to try varieties you haven’t considered before. 299 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884;

1895 Organic Farm The only certified organic tomato grower in Burlington County, and one of the few in the state, 1895 features seven varieties of tomatoes, including the brilliantly colored, sweet heirloom Yellow Pear. 303 Landing Street, Lumberton; 609-267-5953.

Levari’s Farm Market Levari’s Farm Market is a convenient pit stop en route to your Shore picnic. Look for slightly salty Black Krim and the sauce-ready Ernie’s Plump. But leave room in your basket for Levari’s signature tomato, the Devil Dog, a derivative of an Italian plum that the owner’s ancestors brought from Italy four generations ago. 1165 Route 40, Richland; 856-697-9633.