Just a bit of our 2017 harvest!


TOMATOES  about 20 seeds per pack except where noted

Seed saving tips;  Separate tomato varieties by several feet to ensure pure seed for gardening uses.  Let tomatoes mature then cut in half or smaller pieces so you can squeeze out the gel and seeds from the seed cavities into a cup or bowl.  Add equal amount of warm water.  Let sit on the counter for 3-4 days.  A white mold will form; this is natural.  Dump out into a wire sieve in the sink and run lukewarm water through while running your fingertips over seeds, gently pressing out the “goop”.  This leaves clean, viable seeds.  (Did you know the clearish gel around the tomato seeds is put there to prevent the seeds from germinating inside the tomato?)  Fermenting the seeds and gel dissolves the gel and also helps prevent tomato diseases.

The dates given are from transplant time.  Start your tomatoes indoors 8-10 weeks prior to setting them out in the garden.  We use Wall ‘O Water plant protectors on all of our tomatoes which allows us to put them in the garden way before our spring frosts are over with.  They will protect seedling tomatoes down to 16 degrees.  (I’ve had a foot of snow and 18 degrees when using them and the plants not only survived but grew.)  If you don’t use Wall ‘O Waters, be sure to harden off your plants by taking them outside, in a protected spot, for first an hour a day, then gradually longer until they are used to wind and sun.  If you don’t do this they may break off or become stunted.


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            Topaz                                 Casady’s Folly                             Coyote


     Early Cascade                Japanese Black Trifele                       Berkley Tie-Dye 








Indeterminate tomatoes are long-vine tomatoes that just keep growing and producing.  They are best caged with a very strong wire cage to hold the weight of all those tomatoes.

Determinates are shorter in size, only reaching a certain height….usually about three feet or so, when they stop pumping out tomatoes.



Alpine  Alpine is a plum-sized tomato that is hugely productive.  It’s an early, hardy tomato that laughs at cool nights and sets plenty of flowers.  You can use it for salads or for canning juice, sauce and salsa.  We even slice it for early BLTs!  It has good flavor.  55 days Indeterminate


Amish Gold Slicer

Amish Gold Slicer  We absolutely loved this new tomato from Amish country.  It’s big, gold, smooth and hugely productive.  Many tomatoes reached over a pound.  The taste is smooth and wonderful.  I made pretty tomato sauce with it and used lots in colorful salads.  75 days.  Indeterminate

Amish Paste

Amish Paste  This heirloom Amish tomato is great for processing into smooth, flavorful tomato sauces.  It is medium sized, relatively plum shaped and has few seeds in its meaty interior.  85 days.  Indeterminate

Amos Coli Paste  Here’s a new one from tomato guru, Brad Gates, you’ll love.  This is a medium-large paste tomato with excellent taste and productivity too.  We found it was quite a lusty grower and the six foot tall vines were covered with red tomatoes, come late summer.  80 days  Indeterminate

Ananas Noire

Ananas Noire aka Black Pineapple  Folks raved about this wonderfully dark, large tomato at our 2017 Tomato Tasting Festival.  The flavor is outstanding with a complex, rich, smoky, fruity taste that is hard to describe.  The shoulders are green, weeping to dark purple, plum, splashed with streaks of pink and red, as is the inside.  76 days.  Indeterminate and lusty

Arctic Blum  This tomato really attracted attention in our garden this year as it was covered with two-bite bright red, blemish free fruits.  And everyone who ate it went “Wow!”.  I think you will too.  75 days  Indeterminate



Atkinson  Okay, I’ll admit I first bought this tomato because it bears our name but we were also very pleasantly surprised!  Atkinson is a big, beefsteak type tomato with glowing red color and juicy old-fashioned tomato flavor missing in many of today’s hybrid tomatoes.  Expect lots of tomatoes mid season to wow you.  80 days  Indeterminate

Andes Paste  We tried many new-to-us paste tomatoes from all over the world this year and were very happy with Andes.  The fruits are larger than Romas and we also found Andes more productive too.  Our plants were 7′ tall!  80 days  Indeterminate

Beauty King

Beauty King  Will and I grew this wonderful large tomato this year and were so pleased with not only its bright yellow and red striped skin but the outstanding sweet and fruity taste.  Quite productive of 8-12 oz round tomatoes  75 days  Indeterminate



Berkley Pink Tie-Dye

Berkley Tie-Dye (Pink)  This is one of the prettiest tomatoes in our garden!  A large, productive, tasty tomato with plenty of flash.  The base color is deep pink-red with bronze-green stripes down the sides.  So gorgeous!  And the taste is terrific, too.  80 day  Indeterminate

Big White Pink Stripe is one new tomato from Glen Drowns.  It’s an old heritage tomato that’s really big but ours were very light yellow with no pink stripe.  Maybe it’s the climate?  However we loved its shape and taste.  It’s a great sandwich tomato, very productive and tasty as can be.  80 days.  Indeterminate


Barry’s Crazy Cherry

Barry’s Crazy Cherry  We thought this tomato was crazy when we first saw it in bloom!  I’ve never seen so huge a bunch of blooms on any tomato before; it was like a white lilac!  Tons of blooms everywhere.  We thought nothing would top it until we saw the ripe fruits.  They are the size of plump grapes with a point on the bottom.  Glowing yellow, they even taste like grapes with a firm texture and juicy meat. Super!  75 days  Indeterminate


Here’s a BIG Bill Bean tomato grown by customer, Sharon W.

Bill Bean  This is one of our very favorite tomatoes, given us by the local Veteran’s Service Officer.  Its history is long and Italian, being brought to this country during World War II by (either) an old Italian man who immigrated to this country with the seeds tucked in his sock or by a returning American GI.  If you like them big, red and tasty, this one is for you!  Our tomatoes averaged over a pound, with several topping out at three pounds of very meaty, delicious old-time tomato flavor.  It is VERY productive too.  Will counted over 20  tomatoes over one pound on one vine…with more smaller ones too! 75-80 days  Indeterminate.

Bill Bean (our largest so far)

Bill Bean Select  These are seeds from our biggest yet Bill Bean.  It measured 22 inches around!  If you want BIG genes, these are the seeds for you.  Limited supply, of course.  5 seeds per pack

Black Crimson knocked our socks off!  It’s so big, productive and tasty!  Not to mention beautiful.  The tomatoes are dark red with darker shoulders, nearly purple.  They’re a great sandwich tomato and stopped everyone in our garden.  You’ll love them.  We had no cracking or rotting yet the skin is tender.  75 days.  Indeterminate

Black Dragon

Black Dragon  This is one of my new favorite paste tomatoes this year!  It’s a medium sized paste tomato with those gorgeous “black” shoulders and purple-orange flesh and lower skin.  They are pretty in a salad, too, when cut up, looking like you’ve added plums.  Very productive!  80 days.  Indeterminate.

Black Sea Man

Black Sea Man  Very striking Russian heirloom in our garden, with blackish/green shoulders, weeping down onto red/purple lower portions.  Medium size to fairly large round fruit.  When you slice it, the flesh is marbled with black, violet, red and purple.  Rich flavor you’ll love.  75 days.  Semi-Determinate


 Blue Beauty

 Blue Beauty  Okay, here it is!  You want a beautiful, productive, tasty tomato that’s early-mid season?  You can’t beat Blue Beauty!!  This tomato is gorgeous and attracted plenty of attention in our garden.  The top is a wonderful, shining eggplant purple and it ripens to a streaked orange red below.  You’ll never eat a more tasty tomato.  Lookout Brandywine!  75 days  Indeterminate

Box Car Willie

Box Car Willie  Here’s one of our new favorites!  If you want red, non-blemished, tasty tomatoes, this is it.  Weighing about 8 oz on average, this hugely productive tomato will keep you in tomatoes right through till frost and even after if you pick them and bring them inside before they get frozen.  They’re great for canning, juice or in salads and sandwiches.  A truly great tomato.  80 days  Indeterminate


Brandywine (Red) We tried a different strain of Brandywine a few years ago and didn’t find it particularly great.  So we tried another and this one is a winner, showing us what all the fuss is about regarding Brandywine’s unsurpassed flavor.  It IS great, especially for those of you with longer growing seasons.  Big red tomatoes with old fashioned flavor.  Does have rougher shoulders but ours didn’t crack.  Many were over a pound.  85 days  Indeterminate


Wyatt says, “Wow!  Look at that tomato!  Is it all mine????”



Cannonball  We were given some seeds by a friend, Dr. Lee from NDSU of this old variety they had developed.  And boy did we LOVE it!  Cannonball is a large, smooth, round red tomato that just shines in every way; taste, productivity, appearance and earliness.  Many reached a pound in size and the vines were just covered in red until frost. 65 days  Indeterminate

Casady’s Folly  Every year we find new favorites and this is it!!  (Okay, one of them…)  This is a nice sized paste tomato that knocks your eyes out with its beauty.  It’s bright red with shining lightening stripes in yellow.  And the vines are just loaded with fruit!  The taste is a bit average but the beauty makes you drool for a salad.  It is meaty and makes great tomato sauce in a hurry.  We love it!  75 days  Indeterminate


Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple  A reliable, real big, tasty tomato that deserves to be in everyone’s garden.  Its old Native American heritage brings history to your homestead in a big way.  You’ll love its hardiness and ability to handle nasty weather.  We can up lots of these great tomatoes and enjoy them on our lunch sandwiches too.  They are a darkish purple-brown, fading to red below.  Real pretty!  80 days  Indeterminate

Clackamas Blueberry  We really loved this two-bite cherry tomato this year.  As with most of the “black” tomatoes, this gem is super flavorful, combining sweetness, acidity and smoky, rich undertones.  Hugely productive!  Very rampant vines.  80 days  Indeterminate

Coldset is a small red tomato that, despite its name, isn’t particularly early.  But it is tasty and productive with few blemishes.  Great for canning and juicing or to add in salads.  Easy to ready for canning as the stem pulls right off!  75 days  Indeterminate

Cosmic Eclipse

Cosmic Eclipse  Want a salad tomato that’ll knock your socks off?  Well this is it.  Here’s a “black” tomato with red, green and metallic stripes running down toward the blossom end.  And if that’s not enough, it’s a great tasting 2 oz tomato, too. Everyone who visited our garden asked about it!  75 days.  Indeterminate.


Cougar Red

Cougar Red  Want a gorgeous small shining red tomato with no blemishes that will not only produce lots and quickly but taste great too?  Here it is.  Red just glistens and begs for you to take a taste in the garden  Very productive.  70 days Indeterminate


Coyote cherry tomatoes

Coyote is no dog!  Wow, another NEW favorite for sure.  Originally from Vera Cruz, Mexico. a nearly see-through, glistening pale yellow with a real different, wonderfully fruity taste that demands MORE!  I gobbled more than my share in the garden this summer.  Luckily, the vines are hugely productive so we could all have plenty.  Next year I’ll plant more and make a wonderful yellow salsa from its fruit.  The skin is crisp and these tomatoes eat like a big, crisp grape.  You’ll love them.  70 days  Indeterminate

Delicious  I’ve raised Delicious for years and it is just that; full of old-fashioned tomato flavor.  This round, bright red tomato is very productive and large.  It has even set the previous World record for the biggest tomato.  (The current is held by a hybrid!)  We harvested baskets full of these juicy tomatoes this summer.  75 days  Indeterminate

Djena Lee’s Golden Girl

Djena Lee’s Golden Girl We were so impressed with this lovely round, blemish free golden tomato this year in our garden!  This tomato won first prize at the Chicago Fair 10 years in a row. Djena (pronounced “Zshena”) was part Indian and granddaughter of Minnesota financier Jim Lee.  Delicious flavor, rich balance of sweetness and fruity tartness.  Very productive.  80 days.  Indeterminate



Dora  Folks went wild for Dora this summer.  It is a fatty but simply adorable, weighing about 12 ounces with great flavor.  Very productive, too!  From Missouri , a stable cross between two flavor-favorites, Cherokee Purple and Brandywine.  You’ll love Dora!  75 days Indeterminate

Doucet’s Plum Producer  Hey with a name like this, don’t you expect it to be great?  Well, it IS.  Producer was not only early but packed on tons of small, tasty tomatoes.  Each fruit was smooth and blemish free.  From Quebec, this is an excellent early paste tomato that also works well for sauce and whole canning. Averaged about 4 oz.  65 days  Indeterminate

Doucet’s Plum Red  This open pollinated gem came to us from Glen Drowns’ Sand Hills Preservation Center and quickly became another of our new favorites!  It is simply covered with perfect, plum-sized red tomatoes all season, from early to frost and beyond.  The taste is supreme and we love it for a sauce tomato as its so thick walled and tasty.  60 days  Indeterminate

Early Glee  Perhaps not the earliest of our tomatoes, but one of the nicest mid-season ones around.  This glowing red, round tomato shines.  Very productive and pretty as well as tasty too.  75 days.  Indeterminate

Early Wonder  We enjoyed this pretty red, round tomato in our summer garden, always ready for a quick, sweet, juicy snack.  About 4 oz and very productive.  Plenty of old-fashioned tomato flavor here if you’ve been missing it.  75 days  Indeterminate.



Ernie’s Nose

Ernie’s Nose  Our friends from southern California, John and Mia, sent us seeds for this new favorite, long a favorite of theirs.  Ernie’s Nose does have a nose on the end, along with lots of old Italian paste flavor for all those sauces you want to make.  This tomato is hugely productive all season long.  We’ll always grow this one!  75 days Indeterminate

Earl of Edgecombe  Another of Glen Drowns’ finds!  The Earl is a gorgeous bright orange, large beefsteak type tomato that averages about 6-8 oz.  It is a bit late but has a wonderful sweet taste and is quite productive.  I used it to make some great multi-colored salsa this year.  85-90 days  Indeterminate



Earlibell  A nice medium sized round, red canning/juice tomato with good old tomato flavor.  Sold by Gurneys back in 1922 as their “earliest” tomato.  Surpassed for earliness today, it is still a worthwhile garden tomato that produces well.  75 days  Semi-determinate

Early Cascade   Has been one of my favorite early tomatoes for decades.  Unfortunately, when Seminis was bought out by Monsanto, they dumped this great variety.  Luckily, a tomato breeder in Canada saved it by breeding it back to open pollinated from hybrid.  I bought seeds last year and grew out some great red golf ball sized, tasty, productive tomatoes.  As its so early and so good, I hope to grow it again every year. 65 days  Indeterminate



Enormous Plum Paste

Enormous Plum  We love our paste tomatoes and with us, the more the merrier.  And when they’re this big we rejoice!  There are few seeds and lots of flavorful dry flesh in these really big boys.  You’ll love ’em too!  85 days  Indeterminate

Farthest North  Looking for a hugely productive, tasty, early tomato?  Here it is!  Although it’s a plum-sized tomato, I’ve quickly gotten thrilled about it for saucing as its so thick-walled and perfect that I just toss ’em in my tomato strainer to make sauce in a jiffy.  Great taste for such an early tomato too!  They make your tomato vines glow red all summer long.  55 days  Indeterminate

Fireworks  Even we old timers were surprised at this new addition to our garden.  Fireworks is a medium sized red, round tomato that is so productive that the whole vine looks like it’s on fire!  We got tons of tasty tomatoes from this one.  70 days  Indeterminate.




G. Chalmers Large Paste

G. Chalmers Large Paste  Here’s an interesting large paste tomato; the shape is pleated a bit, not smooth like a typical paste.  So they are extremely attractive.  This red tomato is, like its name, large and very, very productive.  It’s a lucky thing too, as they’re so good!  They came on quite early and popped out tomatoes until after it frosted.  75 days  Indeterminate

Glacier  Want an early, tasty tomato that’s a bit larger?  Glacier pumps out tons of small–mid sized tomatoes very early in the season and keeps on producing until it freezes.  While it won’t survive a glacier, it will fill your pantry with tomato products!  60 days  Indeterminate

Gilbertie  This is another very productive, smooth skinned larger paste tomato we loved.  Just a few will make a lot of tomato sauce with deep, sweet flavor.  I’ll grow more next year for sure!  80 days  Indeterminate

Golden Jubilee We first grew Jubilee three years ago and it instantly became a favorite. For a mid-sized to large yellow tomato, it’s very sweet and hugely productive. We were impressed at how meaty it was too. They’re great diced up in a salad or in salsa or slabbed between two slices of homemade bread. 72 days Indeterminate


Golden King of Siberia

Golden King of Siberia  So how many new favorites can I have?  King is wonderful!  I love it!  It is gorgeous; big, glowing yellow, some heart-shaped; some round but all tasty, tasty, tasty.  Hugely productive right up until freezing too.  Great for canning, sandwiches and salads as it is quite meaty and flavorful.  80 days  Indeterminate.

Granny Cantrell  This is one sweet old-fashioned tomato!  Like one of the old fashioned red beefsteaks only with more flavor and more productive.  Brought over from Europe by a returning WWII GI, this favorite soon swept the South.  We really liked it a lot, many over a pound.  78 days Indeterminate.

Hanky Red

Hanky Red  Okay, do I get another favorite???  This year Hanky was our first-to-ripen tomato (tied with Morovsky Div) and wow do I like it.  It is a nice balance between sweet and acid, juicy, tender skinned and from between 4-6 oz of shiny red goodness.  Huge production too.  Right up until it froze.  Round and smooth. Good for canning or juice.  60 days  Determinate


Hillbilly  Here’s an old heirloom main crop tomato from West Virginia’s hill country where it’s been a family favorite for decades.  They’re huge golden, beefsteak tomatoes with a pretty red blushed star on the blossom end, streaking up through the fruit.  Flavor is simply the best but for us its a little late at 85-90 days.  I wish we could have had more!  Indeterminate


Hungry Hill

Hungry Hill  We were surprised at this heirloom tomato!  The vines were ablaze with BIG, red beefsteak tomatoes all summer and fall.  They just kept on coming!  Wow!  You’d have to be really hungry to eat all of them.  And the taste was a perfect balance of acid to sweet.  Most weighed in at a pound or more.  75 days  Indeterminate


Igelheart Yellow Cherry

Igelheart Yellow Cherry  We grew yet another yellow cherry tomato this year as it was rated Number One in taste by the Seed Savers Exchange taste test in 2015.  And in our own taste test, it was right up there!  A great, crisp textured fruity tomato that made our mouth say “white grape”.  You could put it on fruit salads.  Yummy!  75 days indeterminate

Indigo Apple

Indigo Apple We were really impressed with this beautiful tomato this year.  Not only was it covered with tomatoes, blooming in a beautiful purple to red color, but the flavor was intense, sweet and somewhat fruity.  It made scads of dark, luscious sauce for our pantry.  75 days Indeterminate



Italian Tree tomatoes are luscious and sure cover a slice of bread!

Italian Tree Tomato (aka Climbing Triple-Crop) If lots and lots of big red, tasty tomatoes is your game, Italian Tree Tomatoes are your crop.  The vines are rampant and with a long enough season, the vines will reach 15′ or more.  The tomatoes are huge, usually a pound or more and very tasty as is typical with Italian tomatoes.  A friend of ours keeps one in his greenhouse all year long and its vines grow all across the top, now reaching 3o feet and it showers them with great tomatoes even in the winter.  We can only grow them in the summer, but are so glad they’re in our garden.  80-9o days  Very Indeterminate!



Japanese Black Trifele

Japanese Black Trifele came from Russia originally.  But what a great tomato!  It is roughly pear-shaped with deep orange on the bottom and greenish purple on the top.  The flesh is burnt orange-purple and when you cut it in half it looks like a luscious plum!  Nice and meaty with a complex, great taste that everyone loves.  A great sauce/salad tomato that chefs love.  You will too as it is hugely productive and gorgeous.  78 days  Indeterminate

Jaune Flamme  This is almost a “big” brother to SunSugar, the super-sweet hybrid cherry tomato!  It is about 3 oz and a round, golden tomato with no blemishes.  We grew it for the first time a few years ago and continue to do so now.  Couldn’t be without this hugely productive gem!  The vines were just loaded with sweet, fruity tomatoes all fall.  75 days  Indeterminate

Legend  Are you having trouble with Late Blight in your tomatoes?  Legend is not only a beautiful, round, blemish-free fruit with great taste but it tolerates Late Blight.  These glowing red, big 8 oz tomatoes are also very productive!  68 Days  Larger determinate

Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom  We think this is the best flavored beefsteak type tomato.  They are mild, wonderfully colored and very productive.  Everyone stopped to take another look at these tomatoes in our garden!  90 Days  Indeterminate

Mexico  We are always attracted to these large, round, red tomatoes averaging 14 oz.  It seems that every tomato on the plant is the same; blemish free and evenly sized.  They are juicy and have a wonderful, old-fashioned tomato taste.  80 Days  Indeterminate


Mary Robinson’s German Bicolor with some Punta Bandas

Mary Robinsons German Bi-color is a gorgeous bright yellow-orange with lots of red streaking through it from the blossom end.  Many fruits weigh over 2 pounds!  And the taste can’t be beat, either.  Just right for a whole sandwich tomato slice or some gorgeous multi-colored salsa.  Did I mention it’s hugely productive too?  80 days  Indeterminate



Mia’s Italian Paste

Mia’s Italian Paste  Another great Italian tomato passed on to us from our California friends, John and Mia.  And it’s one which has won a permanent place in our garden for sure.  Not only is it hugely productive but it’s tasty and one of our earliest paste tomatoes.  This tomato is orange-red and varies in shape from heart to round but the flavor and texture is superb.  70 days  Indeterminate


Morovsky Div

Morovsky Div  It took a greatly productive tomato to tie with our favorite sauce tomato, Punta Banda but this year, this Russian heirloom did it!  It’s not large, plum to medium sized, but huge on flavor, meatiness and bright red color.  Every tomato was perfect and thick walled, yet had a thinner skin so we found ourselves munching on them instead of cherry tomatoes.  55 days  Indeterminate


Mortgage Lifter  Here’s another heirloom with a sweet history.  The breeder developed and sold these “new” tomatoes during hard times and was able to pay off his mortgage with the profits.  Another example of getting ahead by coloring outside of the box!!  Mortgage Lifter is a large, meaty red tomato with a sweet, rich flavor you’ll love.  Enjoy!  80 days  Indeterminate

Mrs. Maxwell’s

Mrs. Maxwell’s  Want production out of a big beefsteak with real old-fashioned heirloom tomato taste?  This is the baby for you.  Our vines were just covered with beautiful, big one pound plus red tomatoes all fall.  Wonderful!  80 days  Indeterminate

Mule Team  I think Will picked this one because he used to raise and log with mules!  But I’m glad he did as it quickly astounded us with its hugely productive, round, medium sized red tomatoes that have an excellent meaty, juicy, sweet flavor.  They are pumped out until it freezes and you’ll be so glad they do when canning time comes!!  78 days  Indeterminate

Old German  This old heirloom was prized by the Virginia Mennonite settlers for its huge size, beauty and wonderful taste.  The huge tomatoes often reach two pounds and are a beautiful yellow and red striped color throughout.  We love them on sandwiches or to just eat warm from the sun right in the garden.  75 days  Indeterminate

Oregon Spring  I’ve grown Oregon Spring everywhere I’ve lived for decades.  No matter what your climate, it seems to always produce!  Not only are they early but also pretty large, round and perfect.  And, especially for an early tomato, they are very good flavored and juicy.  60 days  Determinate

Paw Paw  You’ll have to search for a prettier, more unique large tomato.  Paw Paw is golden yellow with some red streaks throughout.  It is a large, beefsteak-type with great old fashioned taste that is absolutely gorgeous on a sandwich!  Fairly meaty for a large tomato, too.  We had great production, considering how large these tomatoes are.  Originally from West Virginia, nearly 100 years back.  85 days  Indeterminate



Peron  Often called “sprayless” because of its natural disease resistance, we were surprised at both the productivity, appearance and taste of this red, roundish tomato.  Although the name kind of put us off, we were convinced easily to keep Peron around in the years to come.  75 days.  Indeterminate

Pink Heart  comes to us from Hungary and is a very solid, heart-shaped red tomato that is very flavorful and productive too.  It can either be used for fresh slicing or as a tasty paste tomato.  80 days.  Indeterminate.

Pioneer works well for we modern homesteaders.  It is a smallish tomato that cans up whole and is excellent for juice.  It is a round, red tomato on a small determinate bush for folks with limited space that need high production.  No blemishes here!  65 days  Determinate

Pruden’s Purple  If you like a big, dark red beefsteak with taste to rival Brandywine and Cherokee Purple, you’ve got to give this old heirloom a try.  Many were over a pound and had smooth, old fashioned tomato flavor that sent tomato juice down our chins all fall.  Great for sandwiches, salads, canning and snacking on.  80 days  Indeterminate.

img_6363            Punta Bandas make an excellent canning and paste tomato with no blemishes.

Punta Banda  Coming to us from Old Mexico, this formerly wild tomato is Will’s very favorite tomato for making tomato sauces.  Each tomato on the hugely productive vine is perfect and meaty for a small plum-sized fruit.  It makes canning a breeze as we just pull off the stem and toss them into our tomato strainer and grind away, watching the sauce come pouring out.  MMmmmm.  These are a very hardy red tomato that laughs at heat and drought.  60 days  Determinate that is covered with red fruit!

Purple Russian Paste

Purple Russian This is one of my new favorites as I concentrated on more paste tomatoes this year and Purple Russian came in right at the top for not only taste but also size and fabulous color.  It’s about 6 oz, smooth and elongated plum-shaped.  The shoulders are dark “black” blending into reddish purple below and the meat is simply gorgeous in puree, sauces and salads. Very productive, too! 75 days.  Indeterminate

Red River is an old Oscar Will canning tomato from way back when.  It’s a great red tomato for canning whole or juice and wonderful in salads due to its great flavor.   Very productive too for a determinate variety, being covered with plum-sized fruit.  65 days.

Rio Grande Paste  We’re always looking for a good, early paste tomato.  Rio Grande is a nice, smooth, fairly early tomato with average production and good flavor for sauce.  Very few blemishes.  A shining red, longish round fruit.  70 days  Indeterminate.



Ruth Collier Large Paste


Ruth Collier Large Paste  Here’s a different looking paste tomato.  Instead of pear-shaped, it’s huge and roundish, often with a nipple on the blossom end.  And it’s hugely productive, too!  We cranked out gallons of thick tomato sauce from this new favorite sent to us by…Ruth Collier!  Very tasty and meaty.  85 days  Indeterminate

Sausage is a great tasting long, red, fat paste tomato that we just loved.  The taste is above average, as is the production.  They are a bit late but well worth the wait as they are smooth with few blemishes.  Great for all that tomato sauce!  80 days  Indeterminate.

Silvery Fir Tree  We’ve grown this attractive, early tomato for decades now and we really do love it.  The leaves are frilly and fine like a carrot instead of a tomato, giving this determinate bush a very pretty look.  Especially when nested in the center are dozens of 10 ounce, round, smooth red tomatoes!  And for such an early tomato, the taste is exceptional.  60 days Determinate

Solar Flare

Solar Flare  is one of Brad Gates’ wonderful modern open pollinated creations.  This is one gorgeous tomato, no matter how you look at it.  It is a glowing red, shot with bright yellow stripes.  The fruits are generally large and round with plenty of taste to go along with all that beauty.  We just loved them.  You will too!  70 days  Indeterminate.


Speckled Roman

Speckled Roman aka Striped Roman This relatively newer open pollinated gem won our hearts!  This paste tomato has the typical paste tomato shape; elongated with a point on the blossom end.  BUT the color knocks your socks off!  It’s bright red shot with yellow stripes.  What a HOT tomato!  And it topped our farm’s taste test this year too.  It made the best tasting sauce of any tomato we grew.  And it was productive too.  What’s not to love???  Well, it is susceptible to disease in wet growing conditions.  80 days  Indeterminate.

Sungold Select  For years we’ve loved the taste of hybrid cherry tomato, Sungold.  But, darned it, it’s a hybrid.  Luckily, some folks have bred it back to open pollinated through years of work.  The result is wonderful.  Sungold Select’s flavor is wonderful and the golden cherry tomatoes are very productive.  Do understand, however, there are still a few seeds which produce red cherry tomatoes yet.  You can enjoy these as the flavor is wonderful.  But save your seeds from the golden ones if you want to continue breeding Sungold Selects.  Out of five plants, I got four golden tomatoes and one red.  We kept them all harvested most of the summer and ate most of them!!!  Couldn’t stop.  65 days  Intermediate.



Sweet Aperitif is a gorgeous, sweet cherry that just glows.

Sweet Aperitif  (Pronounced A pear it eef) We don’t grow a lot of cherry tomatoes.  After all, how many can you eat in a season???  But Sweet Aperitif is a winner!  From England, this sweetie produces tons of little cherries that are the sweetest cherry tomato you can find.  And the best news is that it’s open pollinated so you can save your own seeds, unlike SunSugar or Sweet Million, that are hybrids..  Indeterminate and covered with fruit.  65 days

Sweet Home is a sweetheart!  I just love this variety.  So hugely productive of medium/large smooth red tomatoes with just a little ribbing on the shoulders which makes them look like those tomatoes Grandma used to raise. A wonderful slicer and canner, not to mention something to snack on in the garden.  Mmmmm  75 days  Indeterminate.



Ten Fingers of Naples

Ten Fingers of Naples is not just another paste tomato.  It’s a star!!!  The name comes from the area in which it originated coupled with the fact these dense, luscious tomatoes hang in bunches from their vines.  Awesome and truly hugely productive.  You’ll get lots of very thick tomato sauce from these and the flavor is perfect.  Wow!  80 days  Indeterminate

Terhune  We were given a plant by a friend and it quickly impressed us with the number and size of this quality red beefsteak-type tomato.  The vines were just loaded with super tasty, solid, glowing red fruit.  This is a keeper for sure and we’ll be adding it every year to our own homestead garden.  75 days  Indeterminate.

Thessaloniki is a big red, very flavorful Greek tomato that we just fell in love with this summer.  It was very productive, the vines producing an abundance of big one pound plus tomatoes we just loved to slice.  It also made lots of great tomato sauce too.  70 days  Indeterminate


Tigerella We love pretty tomatoes that are very productive and Tigerella fits the bill. Tigerella produces tons of smaller salad type bright red tomatoes with tender skin, overlaid with yellow and orange stripes. They also have great taste. Try a plant or two in your house garden for summer salads! 65 days.


Topaz is a new favorite of ours.  Really!  These gorgeous light yellow with faint white stripes can’t be beaten.  They are a small, salad-ping-pong ball size tomato that will make your salads go WOW.  Great for mixed colored salsas or canning whole with red tomatoes for something beautiful and different.  And they have great, complex flavor too that makes you drool. Hugely productive too!  75 days Indeterminate.

YUGO  A friend sent us this heirloom paste/slicing tomato from Yugoslavia last fall and we planted seeds this year.  And we were impressed with this nice late season red tomato.  Most were 8-12 ounces, varying in shape from hearts to oblong round.  But all were tasty and there were sure a lot of them!  85 days  Indeterminate

VICTOR  We are always happy when our Victor vines start showing red; they’re covered with nice round, medium sized tomatoes with a lovely flavor for adding to a sandwich or just eating warm, fresh in the garden.  The juice just runs down your chin!  Mmmm  75 days, Determinate