So, I went down to Union Square today, and sure enough there were quite a few tomatos there! Stokes did not have the paste tomatoes, but they had plenty others. I asked if I could come out to the farm to get a lot and they said sure, there'd be some there for another week.
So I don't know what was going on with the email exchange. Maybe they just meant they aren't doing bulk picking orders anymore.
And -- gawd, is Union Square a nice market. My office is kind of near there, and would get there periodically back when we went into the office 'n stuff. It's been a long time, I've been all and only Inwood through the whole summer. Inwood's great, and I have two key critical vendors there whom I'm really grateful for. But it's no Union Square.