Meowmix alerted us to the passing of a SoMa landmark — the big tomato on 3rd between Bryant and Stillman.

Attached to the facade of long-closed Vino e Cucina, it can be yours for only $1500.

After serving for 18 years as a SOMA landmark for San Franciscans, the giant tomato is available for sale. It is huge and ready to be hung or displayed by the buyer. It is hollow metal and in great condition. Original cost was $5,000. Asking price: $1,500. The tomato is still hanging at 489 Third Street, San Francisco (cross street Bryant).

According to meowmix, however, it’s not hanging there! We called the phone number listed on the ad to learn more — if someone had bought it, we had to find out who.

Instead, we were told that it was taken down and rests in the vacant lot at 3rd and Bryant, a sunny dirtpile that’s actually a great place for tomatoes. Needless to say, we dispatched a correspondent, who nabbed the above picture for us. Is it wrong to hope it remains unsold, takes root, and grows into a giant metal tomato plant?

Picture: Brad Kuerbis for 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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