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Tomato U-Pick Orchards in Northeastern California (Modoc, Lassen and Plumas counties) in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for tomatoes that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have tomatoes orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Modoc County

  • Locavore Farms - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, beans, beets, broccoli, corn (sweet), eggplants, flowers, herbs or spices, lavender, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, farm market
    Rancho Lovejoypeace, Fort Bidwell, CA 96112. Phone: 503-922-0468. Email: contact@locavorefarms.org. Open: on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 am to 3 pm starting May 31, 2015. Directions: Locavore Farms is located in Fort Bidwell, at the northern end of Surprise Valley in extreme northeastern California. Just turn West on North Street and then right on County Road 165 -- keep your eyes . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . open for signs, and you can't miss it! If you get lost or want to find out what's fresh, give us a call at 530-279-2106. Picking updates: click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in July, August, September. See our website for current hours. We are certified organic for all crops! A trip to the U-pick makes for a fun family outing. You can enjoy fresh air and sunshine while choosing the best quality produce at the peak of ripeness. There are lots of benefits to picking your own. You are reconnecting with nature, supporting your local economy, and getting to know your local farmer. A visit to the U-pick is a delicious learning opportunity. Come to Locavore and experience firsthand where your food comes from and how it grows. We look forward to seeing you here! ((UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS)

 

Tomatoes

Tomato Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Pick tomatoes that are firm and free of blemishes. Cracking is common in very hot weather, especially after a rain, and if you intend to use the tomatoes within 1 day, that will be ok. Varieties of tomatoes

During hot summer weather, pick the tomatoes when they have a healthy pink/red (or yellow or orange depending on the variety) color and let them finish the last day or two of ripening indoors. Tomatoes do not need to be in the sunlight in order to ripen. If you have green fruit on the plants in the fall when frost is approaching, pick the tomatoes and store them in a cool, dark place to ripen.

Tomato Varieties

In general paste or Roma-type tomatoes are the best to using for canning, as they have thicker, meatier walls and far less water. And cherry tomatoes are the worst to use, as they are mostly water.  But you can use any type you can get hold of.  You may just have to cook them down longer to boil off excess water.  See our Master list of tomato varieties

Growing tomatoes

Canning, Freezing, Drying, Preserving Tomatoes and more!

Below are links to pages with easy and reliable directions about how to can, preserve, freeze and make other goodies from tomatoes.  Some of these require a Pressure Canner to prevent potential spoilage and food poisoning, due to the low acid content of the food.  For others, you can use a water bath canner OR a Pressure Canner.  I've noted what's required for each, below, following each entry, with
W for water bath,
P for Pressure canner, and
W, P for either may be used!

And don't miss: Answers to common tomato canning problems and see this page about what to do with your unripe green tomatoes!

Prepping tomatoes

Canning tomatoes (in water bath canners )Home canned tomato soup

Canning Tomatoes in Pressure canners

Freezing Tomatoes

Drying tomatoes

Ripening green tomatoes in your garage or basement

If you want to bring your green tomatoes indoors before a freeze in the Fall, and ripen them, see:

And if you'd like to start you own tomatoes from seed (you can save a small fortune and grow the heirloom varieties you like) see this page for easy directions for growing your own tomato plants from seed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Canning, Freezing and Preserving Tomatoes

 

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