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heirloom tomatoes
Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Mattituck farmer Ken Jurow is deep into his second season at Long Season Farms growing organic heirloom tomatoes in plastic greenhouses as well as other vegetables in raised beds on land he leases in Aquebogue on Main Road.

This year he planted 2,000 plants, 26 varieties, which he grafted onto Dutch rootstock by hand, making them soil-disease resistant, giving a bigger yield and increasing the longevity of the plants.

He started harvesting on June 20th and hopes to be picking well into October. Most local farms probably won’t harvest a tomato crop until August because of the cold and rainy weather in June.

Jurow also grows Beefsteaks in addition to heirlooms with names like German Johnson, Yellow Brandywine, Great White, Green Giant, Gold Medal and Speckled Roma.

He charges $5.49 a pound for first picks, $2.79 for seconds and $2.79 for Beefsteaks. They are all organic.

The farm stand is located at 1017 Main Road in Aquebogue and open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.