The Tomato Stall is based in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight. It has some of the highest levels of sunlight anywhere in the UK and a milder maritime climate.
Paul Thomas and the team grow a large variety of different tomatoes: a mixture of organic and conventional, traditional heirlooms and super-sweet mini varieties, and bring them direct from the glasshouses to the Farmers’ Market, often arriving with fruit that was picked just the day before. Tomatoes are allowed to fully ripen on the vine, allowing the natural sugars to develop and maximising flavour.
Their Isle of Wight nursery operates a completely biodegradable growing system, composting all waste including the coconut husk the plants are grown and the string used to train them. The compost is then used to enrich the soil of the organic crops the following year. The Tomato Stall aims to have as much organic produce as possible at the various locations every week, sometimes as much as 60%.
As well as fresh tomatoes there is a wide range of 100% natural and absolutely-additive-and-preservative-free tomato products made using the sweetest and tastiest Isle of Wight tomatoes. The range includes pure tomato juice, passata, semi dried oak roasted tomatoes, condiments and even the world’s first pressed tomato cordial.
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