First, the big tomato fell.

Then, this SFist comment linking to this tweet that links to this picture of the big SoMa tomato in the freight elevator at SoMa company Six Apart.*

Doubleyou tee eff! we said to SFist Editor Brock Keeling. “6A bought it? For $1500? What.” Brock filled us in — he was told that the rumor around the Six Apart office is that someone’s friend bought it and is storing it there.

And today, we got this email:

HI! My name is Rhiannon and I read your article about the tomato in Soma. I’m opening up an Italian restaurant (La Briciola) in May a couple doors down from the “tomato lot.” I have the inside scoop on its whereabouts (Yes, it’s not there anymore)!

The tomato has sold and is moving to Kansas! That’s right! A couple from Kansas saw that it was up for sale and purchased it for the asking price. Their grandfather originally constructed the tomato, and so it is seems that it is going back home to its rightful owners. It is now gone from the lot, which is a little sad, because I really enjoyed how it looked there! However, it is probably for the best…before vandals got to it!

Big tomato, we hardly knew you. Godspeed on your trip to the Sunflower State.

*Not only is Six Apart responsible for Movable Type, the Appeal’s CMS, but thier Services arm is responsible for the design and development of the Appeal.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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