Why Oceanside Pole™ Tomatoes?

Sponsored by Oceanside PoleTM | Written by Jenny Favela

The last remaining pole tomato producer in California– Oceanside PoleTM, has been growing vine-ripened tomatoes since 1939, located between the rolling hills of San Luis in Oceanside, California. If you’re not familiar with Oceanside, the air is fresh and salty, the sunshine bright and warm nurturing the tomatoes grown on the land.

Pole tomatoes are described this way because of the technique used to grow the tomatoes. Oceanside Pole™ places over a million poles on the property each spring, this system raises the fruit off the ground to improve airflow– and therefore tomato quality– which helps ripen to their juice, robust taste, naturally on the vine.

A passion for growing– the Singh family has tended vine ripened tomatoes on the same land for more than 75 years. With the knowledge and expertise that can only come with time, their passion, innovation and stewardship of the land is unmistakable in the juicy, flavorful tomatoes they grow, year after year.

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Use these vine-ripened tomatoes in a fresh homemade salsa!

Try this fresh and delicious Vine-ripe Roma Tomatoes Salsa Recipe

Recipe created by Oppy for Oceanside Pole™.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Oceanside Pole vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ red onion, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directons:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir & serve.

Chef’s Tip: Serve with Stater Bros. fresh tortilla chips made in-house daily!

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