24 Mar2005

The Toscana Farm Stand is a great source for produce for anyone headed up to Tagaytay or Batangas that passes through the Santa Rosa to Tagaytay Road. tosc1By the way, there is a terrific less congested exit just after the Santa Rosa exit on the South Superhighway that avoids the traffic, try it. Located about halfway up from Paseo de Santa Rosa near the Laguna Technopark and the rotunda in Tagaytay, this “farmstand” is located to one side of a Caltex station on the South side of the road. On recent visits they had an impressive array of produce on offer, most of it grown on their own farms/greenhouses – large eggplants great for parmigiana, vine-ripened tomatoes (but greenhouse raised), yellow and red bell peppers (capsicum), potted herbs, melons, papayas, lettuce, etc. Prices are a little less than retail in Manila.

Toscana started supplying vegetables under the 1st Pick label to large metro grocery stores and wholesale shopping stores a couple of years ago. tosc2They were well-received and their produce was flying off the shelves. Part of the attraction was that they did in fact, look like the produce had been “selected”. So where would Toscana sell the produce that didn’t quite make the cut? At a roadside “farm stand” on the way up to Tagaytay, just 10-15 minutes from their actual farm and greenhouses. While it may have started out this way (in the beginning the tomatoes here were noticeably smaller than those at Pricesmart, for example), the “farm stand” has since built a clientele of its own, and more substantial volume, so it’s looking less and less like a “seconds” stall. The tomatoes are still generally smaller here but they are ripe, and most importantly, they have never seen the chiller or refrigerator so they have the best possible flavor and texture for a greenhouse or hydroponically raised tomato. Never keep tomatoes in a refrigerator, just leave them out on the kitchen counter for the best flavor.

At the start, the stall was extremely erratic both in operating hours and produce for sale. In the last few months, however, it seems they are almost always open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a good selection of produce, especially early in the day. tosc3If I am headed to Batangas (through Tagaytay) I always try to stop by the Toscana stand to pick up tomatoes for salads, fresh herbs, and capsicum to throw on the barbecue grill. A few weeks ago, I was stunned to find potted (in plastic bags, actually) live thyme! A nice bushy specimen and they wanted P180 for it. I love thyme but I simply cannot seem to keep it alive in our garden. They also had a fairly well formed fennel bulb/plant and a very healthy Italian parsley plant both at P180 as well. sometimes they also carry small honeydew (green) melons. I have tried them twice but they weren’t terrific. Maybe I just got bum specimens. On the way home from the beach I also pass by the stand to stock up on produce to be consumed during the week in Manila.

Folks headed up for the day or a weekend in Tagaytay, wondering what to bring tosc4their hosts need to look no further. Just pack a nice bottle of olive oil, perhaps some balsamic vinegar and a few hunks of carabao (buffalo) mozzarella, then pass by Toscana and load up on tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Grill the peppers on arrival and peel (see my entry on capsicums), slice tomatoes and cheese, arrange on a platter and add some shredded basil. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. This is a yummy starter to lunch or dinner and pairs well with grilled meats, pasta, baked chicken, etc. If you want to do a whole meal, roast a chicken in the oven with lemon and fresh thyme. Much better than those crochetted toilet paper holders with storage for extra roll that some people like to bring…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. jaime ryan neeley says:

    good day! i’ve read about the toscana farm products through your website. i would just like to ask the address of the company’s farm site beacuse i’m doing my thesis works on tomatoes, and i think toscana is a great source for the data that i need.

    thank you very much. more power!

    Jun 30, 2006 | 4:43 pm

     
  2. Marketman says:

    jaime, they have a stall in a Caltex Station on the way up to Tagaytay rotunda from Sta Rosa. They also have a small stand at the rotunda on weekends. I know their farms or greenhouses are relatively near the rotunda but don’t have a full address. You may want to look them up in the directory…

    Jun 30, 2006 | 4:46 pm

     
  3. melodymay says:

    Hi just would like to ask where is the Toscana full address

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:31 pm

     
  4. lesley ann astronomo says:

    are these organic? :)

    Dec 6, 2007 | 5:39 pm

     
  5. Alvin Layugan says:

    Just inquiring if you can supply me 5tons of black pepper?
    Please contact me at Cel# 0917-8227172; (02)8073377.
    Hoping for your immediate response. Thank you.

    Feb 27, 2008 | 10:20 pm

     
  6. Faye Pascua says:

    Just want to know if the Toscana Farm offers a whole sale on potted herb plants.

    Mar 9, 2008 | 11:40 am

     
  7. Theresa cho says:

    I need mini herb plants for my wedding giveaways.
    mint or thyme.. Whatever..
    I need 150 to 200 of them.
    Please call or text me at 09289360782

    Apr 4, 2008 | 3:50 am

     
  8. gabriel santos says:

    Hi

    I’m very interested of your vegetable product coz I like to be sold and displayed here at The Gustavian Cebu City
    I will highly appreciate for your immediate response to this request.

    You can contact me at 0917-362-3610

    Jan 8, 2009 | 2:27 pm

     
  9. Mark Christian Labis says:

    Good day!

    I Just wanna ask if theres a job opening in your farm?And if could apply for farm technician, or any jobs in the farm.

    Thank you very much and God bless.

    by the way heres my contact number-09155797069

    Feb 16, 2009 | 7:27 pm

     
  10. gracey says:

    Good day…. just want to ask if you supply arugula and alfalfa
    sprouts??? kindly text or call me at 09235632315… thanks…

    May 18, 2009 | 3:00 pm

     
  11. malou sabandal says:

    good pm! i would like to inquire if there is a minimum for order of our tomatoes ad other vegetable? How much po?per kilo? kindly email me for the details: malousabandal@yahoo.com

    mobile no. 09267602913 and 09297739988.

    Thank you.

    Aug 19, 2009 | 12:42 pm

     
 

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