Slideshow: A Very Special Market Scene: Tomato Madness!

Heirlooms, Stokes Farm
Heirlooms, Stokes Farm
If you get dig heirloom varieties, head to Stokes Farm's stand, where you can get your Eva Purple Balls, Aunt Rubys, Federies, Striped Germans, Green Zebras, Big Yellow Taxis, and Brandywines, among others, all carefully sorted by variety. Of course they've also got great cherry tomatoes and regular beefsteaks as well.
Green Zebras, Eckerton Hill Farm
Green Zebras, Eckerton Hill Farm
This firm, tart heirloom is popular all over the Greenmarket, but Eckerton Hill's look particularly good.
Heirlooms, Stokes Farm
Heirlooms, Stokes Farm
If you get off on heirloom varieties, head to Stokes Farm's stand, where you can get your Eva Purple Balls, Aunt Rubys, Federies, Striped Germans, Green Zebras, Big Yellow Taxis, and Brandywines, among others, all carefully sorted by variety. Of course they've also got great cherry tomatoes and regular beefsteaks as well.
Regular Reds, Keith's Farm
Regular Reds, Keith's Farm
Keith's Farm sells tomatoes ranging from these Regular Reds…
Cherokee Purple, Keith's Farm
Cherokee Purple, Keith's Farm
…to Cherokee Purlpes and other heirlooms like Yellow Brandywines…
Taxi Tomatoes, Keith's Farm
Taxi Tomatoes, Keith's Farm
…to the bright yellow, low acid Taxis...
Juliettes and Golden Raves, Maxwell's Farm
Juliettes and Golden Raves, Maxwell's Farm
These are some of my personal favorites at the market—they're the perfect size, somewhere between a cherry or grape tomato and a full size variety, and just beautiful to boot.
Taste the Rainbow, Tamarack Hollow Farm
Taste the Rainbow, Tamarack Hollow Farm
For those unable or unwilling to leave variety to the gods (or the farmers), Tamarack Hollow will let you mix and match their cherry tomatoes. Any combination, $4/pint.
Beefsteaks, Cherry Lane Farms
Beefsteaks, Cherry Lane Farms
Yes, heirlooms are prettier, but they're also almost twice as expensive as your average red and yellow beefsteaks. For my money, I usually only mess with these guys. The price makes it much easier to haul home a big sack of them. At $2/pound, a price that's likely as low as we will see, these are the tomatoes you want to roast or turn into sauce and freeze for winter.