Ouch! You might want to sit down.
In a blow to those of us who live on tomato sandwiches (I prefer mine open-faced: toast bread, spread with mayo, salt and pepper, sliced tomatoes on top, salt again, napkin handy, devour, repeat) during August and September, Billy's announced on their Facebook page that they won't be attending Seattle-area farmers markets this summer.
I know, I needed a minute, too.
This year, you'll have to get your Billy's tomato fix from one of these fine local restaurants:
UPDATED: Billy's took a few days to get back to me (it's their busy season, after all!) but the good news is, they, "are offering home delivery for Billy's customers so they can get their tomato & peach fix. Customers can email us if they are interested in this option (firstname.lastname@example.org). (!!!)
And worry not: Neighborhood Farmers Market Director Chris Curtis assures me that, "We have loads of gorgeous tomatoes from lots of different farms and the field ripened ones are starting to come on strong right now! Beefsteak, Heirlooms, Cherry, Romas…all kinds!" Below, Chris provided the farm name, the types of tomatoes each farm grows, and where to find them (for a list of all the farmers market locales below, go here):
Alm Hill Gardens – Beefsteak – UDistrict, West Seattle, Columbia City, Broadway, Lake City
Alvarez – Beefsteak – Magnolia, Phinney, Columbia City, Lake City, Broadway
River Farm – Heirlooms – UDistrict, West Seattle, Magnolia
Grouse Mt Farm – Heirlooms - UDistrict
Hedlin Farms – Heirlooms – Phinney and Lake City
Xai Cha – Heirlooms – UDistrict and West Seattle
Natures’ Last Stand – Heirlooms – UDistrict
Mair Farm-Taki – Heirlooms – unusual Japanese varieties – UDistrict
Homestead Organic – Beefsteak – UDistrict
Sol to Seed – Heirlooms – UDistrict
LetusFarm – Heirlooms – UDistrict and Columbia City
Rockridge Orchards – Heirlooms – UDistrict, West Seattle and Columbia City
Tonnemaker Family Farm – Heirlooms – Broadway, UDistrict, West Seattle, Phinney, Lake City, Columbia City
Willie Greens Organic Farm – Heirlooms – UDistrict, West Seattle, Columbia City, Broadway, Lake City, Magnolia
Kittitas Valley Greenhouse – Heirlooms – Broadway, UDistrict, Columbia City, Lake City and Magnolia