tomato carpaccio from farmhaus' kevin willmann photo by carmen troesser

4 places to buy fresh tomatoes in St. Louis

Plump, juicy tomatoes are ripening on vines at local farms right now, but where do you buy yours? Local farmers markets are one obvious option, but if you can’t wait for the next one to roll around, here are a few places where you can stock up on tomatoes from St. Louis-area producers. And if you’re slicing your tomatoes and stacking them between two slices of bread, try chef Ben Grupe’s recipe for an easy summer classic, the tomato sandwich. You can also check out this recipe feature we ran a few years ago with plenty of ideas for your bounty.

Extra Virgin, an Olive Ovation
Few ingredients bring out the best in tomatoes like a good quality olive oil, and this Ladue-based spot currently stocks heirloom tomatoes from Three Growing Girls in Wildwood. As the name suggests, this is also the place to shop for olive oils, with a selection including oils from Greece, Spain, Italy, Spain, France and the United States, and a variety of styles of vinegar. The shop also offers its own line of salad dressings and other items for your pantry including a range of spices and condiments.
8829 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314.727.6464,

Local Harvest
Fresh tomatoes from farms in Missouri and Illinois including Biver FarmsTheodora Farms and 3 Girls and a Tractor make up just a small part of the array of produce offered by the Tower Grove neighborhood store. You can also pick up wine, beer, cheese and snacks for taking across to Tower Grove Park for a picnic.
3108 Morganford Road, St. Louis, 314.865.5260,

Parker’s Table
The arrival of Mr. Schmidt’s tomatoes are one of the signatures of summer at Parker’s Table, and the gourmet food store has everything you need to get the best out of your haul. The team at Parker’s are always happy to help offer knowledgeable recommendations on cheese, wine and much more, so don’t hesitate to ask.
7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050,

The Smokehouse Market
This Chesterfield stalwart is bursting at the seams with specialty foods, from its signature sandwiches and the meat and seafood counter to its selection of cheese, wine and fresh fruit and vegetables. Their fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes include produce from St. Charles-based Fonseca’s Farm & Greenhouses and Tony’s Family Farms, operated by Chesterfield-based farmer Tony “Tony Tomato” White.
16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.3314,

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