UPDATED: Billy's Tomatoes Aren't at Farmers Markets This Summer (But We Know Where to Taste 'Em)

Tomato sandwiches rule, especially with a mix of Green Zebras, Cherokee purples and Brandywines

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:


Walrus & Carpenter



La Bete

Cafe Juanita


All of the Matt Dillon spots


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 (billysgardens@ncidata.com). (!!!)

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

Thanks, Chris!