A glimpse of some of our heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes.
TOMATOES about 20 seeds per pack except where noted
We harvest tomato seeds the old-fashioned way; here I am with friend, Janann, seeding tomatoes on the front porch.
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.
Our most recent tomato tasting fest at the Orr Center was a huge success!
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.
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.
Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo
Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo tastes like Grandma’s beefsteak tomatoes used to, right out of the garden. This large, often two pound red tomato has moderate ribbing and is nearly always perfect in every way. The vines are hugely productive and the taste is a perfect balance of sweet and tart. A great canning tomato too! 80 Days. Indeterminate
Akers Plum This Roma type paste tomato was the absolute star in our garden this year. Not only was it early but Akers was also tremendously productive. I’m talking about picking two 8 quart buckets full at one time. From TWO plants!! Now that’s a lot of scrumptious tomato paste right off the bat! If you have trouble getting Romas to ripen, try Akers and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 70 Days. Indeterminate.
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 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
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 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. It’s my gardening friend, Dara’s favorite garden snack. Everyone who eats it go “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 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
Belmont Pear surprised us this year. Not only is this big, pear-shaped red tomato meaty and tasty but it is hugely productive, even with our standards. It is also juicy so it makes a perfect canning tomato coming in mid-season until it freezes. 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
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
A few “run of the mill” Bill Bean Tomatoes
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 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 Beauty is Brad Gates’ darkest tomato yet. This gorgeous tomato is not only tasty and productive but good for you too, being high in anthocyanins, as are any vegetables of dark purple coloration. And Black Beauty is that! As they mature, they become a bit purple on the bottom and are ripe when a bit soft to the touch. Absolutely the queen of our garden this year! 75 Days. Indeterminate. Limited Supply so 10 seeds per pack this year.
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 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! 70 days. Indeterminate.
Black Pear proved to be a workhorse of a paste tomato, similar to Japanese Black Trifele but a totally different tomato, being a week or so later. This is a smooth skinned fruit with a glowing brown/purple skin. Very productive and richly flavored. 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 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
Brad’s Atomic Grape
Brad’s Atomic Grape simply wows us each year!! This is possibly the fanciest salad tomato out there with its wild mix of bright colors. Even better is its wonderful flavor and huge abundance on lusty vines. You’ve got to give these a try. Brad Gates is a wonder-man of a tomato breeder!! 75 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????”
Break ‘O Day
Break ‘O Day Early variety, small/ medium sized cluster type, smooth round deep red fruit, thin skinned, excellent taste, dependable cropping quality under a wide range of conditions, old commercial variety bred by the USDA in their Washington DC greenhouse in 1923 and has nearly gone extinct. Let’s bring this wonderful tomato back! 75 days Semi-Determinate
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 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 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 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
Creole was a surprise to us. We expected “just another smaller red tomato”. We were wowed instead. This medium sized round, blemish free tomato ripened in clusters and was productive as heck. Bred in Louisiana, at LSU, Creole is perfect for you who experience hot summers that stop most tomatoes. Creole just keeps pumping out tomatoes! Creole is a juicy tomato with tender skin and just the right combination of sweet and tart. Mmmm! 77 Days. Indeterminate
Dancing With Smurfs
Dancing With Smurfs surprised us so much! We instantly fell in love with these black shouldered rose bites of sweetness. Bred by Tom Wagner, these wonderful little cherry tomatoes sure perk up a bowl of salad. Kids, specially, love the name. And the little, bright fruit. If you look closely, you’ll see a light colored star where you take the stem off. Very productive. 65 Days. Indeterminate
Dark Galaxy is another Brad Gates super hits! This black tomato matures with red blotches and tiny white spots looking like stars in the wide universe. And if beauty alone was not enough, this pretty tomato is as tasty as it is gorgeous. Black tomatoes also are very healthy, being high in anti-oxidants thought to prevent certain cancers. Put this star in your gardening galaxy! 75 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
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
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 Glee Perhaps not the earliest of our tomatoes, but one of the nicest mid sized, mid-season ones around. This glowing red, round tomato shines. Very productive and pretty as well as tasty too. 75 days. Indeterminate
Early Rouge is just that; early and very red. This smooth, medium sized round tomato came in very early in our garden. The flavor sure beat out many earlier tomatoes and the production was tip-top. You’ll love this tomato! 60 Days. Determinate
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.
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
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
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
Farthest North Looking for a hugely productive, tasty, early tomato? Here it is! Although it’s a large cherry 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.
Goldman’s Italian American
Goldman’s Italian American comes to us from Amy Goldman, who’s father ran a market in Brooklyn, N.Y., Goldman’s Italian American. This wonderfully pleated heirloom Italian paste tomato has everything you could wish for including rich, sweet flavor, productivity an a meaty flesh. 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.
Green Vernissage Okay, I’ll admit I’ve been hesitant to try green tomatoes. But this one won me over. It has a wonderful, fruity tang and is at the same time, sweet. This tomato is hugely productive from mid season, right to freezing weather. David loves green ketchup so we’ll be growing many more of this variety next season! 75 Days. Indeterminate
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
Honey Sugar is a mild tasting, sweet tomato perfect for those of you who the acidic tomatoes cause digestive upsets. The medium sized, perfect tomatoes make wonderful slicers or use them in your favorite tomato salads. Very productive. 75 Days. Indeterminate
Hungarian Italian Paste
Hungarian Italian Paste made our late season garden shine! This heirloom Hungarian, red, Roma-type is very rich tasting, pumping out buckets of perfect tomatoes which were very meaty for lots of good sauce. Productive. 80 Days Indeterminate
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 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
Katja comes from Slyudyanka, Siberia, where it ripened despite unfriendly growing conditions. It is one tomato that seems to be okay when grown in partially shady spots. it is a medium/large slicer with wonderful taste. It is a very early tomato and we really love it! 60 Days (or less!). 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
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
Lovely Lush We really love this newer Brad Gates tomato! Such a pretty “black” shouldered, red/orange gem this “lush” is. Thin skinned and marbled gold/red flesh sets your mouth to drooling even before you bite into it’s perfectly balanced, juicy slices. Mmm. And so pretty in salads too! 75 days Indeterminate
Lucid Gem Will and I were extremely taken by this newer Brad Gates bred tomato. Not only is it gorgeous and hugely productive but it is also fairly early and oh so tasty! This is a medium sized beauty with orange flesh, tinged with red. Wow! It has earned a permanent place in our gardens. 70 Days. Indeterminate.
Lynn of Jones County
Lynn of Jones County Here’s a wonderful big heirloom beefsteak that is very meaty, having that good old fashioned tomato taste that is both rich and sweet with just the perfect amount of tartness. A slice will cover a big slice of bread for the best BLT you’ve ever eaten. This is a mid-season tomato that is very productive too. 75 Days. Indeterminat
Markie’s Mom’s came to us through a friend of both us and Markie. This old family heirloom was cherished by Markie’s mom and he remembers eating lots of them as a child. We marveled at the wonderful flavor of this tender, round, red, tasty and very productive tomato. It deserves to be enjoyed by many others! 60 days. Indeterminate.
Mashenka is a bright red, smooth, medium sized meaty beefsteak. It makes a great slicer as well as a canning tomato. This is a great Russian tomato that deserves a place in all of our gardens. 75 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
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
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
Moravsky 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 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
Northern Delight is just that! These salad tomatoes are highly rated in our taste tests. They are also extra early and hugely productive, meaty enough to make lots of tomato sauce for your pantry. 57 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
Phantome du Laos
Phantome du Laos really wowed us this year. It’s so different. This scrumptious light, glowing yellow tomato is spritely tart and sweet at the same time. To top it off, it is very productive and comes with a story. In Laos, it is said if you have this tomato in your garden and there are ghosts, it will glow at night. I guess we don’t have ghosts because it didn’t glow. But they did glow brightly in the sunlight. Wonderful. 75 Days. Indeterminate
Polar Star This was one of our earliest tomatoes. Ripening quickly, this orange-red round tomato was blemish free and hugely productive. We enjoyed them in our early salads and sliced on sandwiches. Average good tomato flavor. 58 Days. Indeterminate
Prior Betta This smaller, round, red cluster tomato was hugely productive for us. While the taste was average, it was nice and juicy, just right to add to your favorite summer salad. Luckily, it is also quite early and nicely blemish free. 70 days. Indeterminate
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.
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
Rebekah Allen This is one of our all-time favorite tomatoes! Consider we raise about 175 different plants every year and that’s something. Rebekah Allen is not only early but has very complex, wonderful flavor. This is always a star in our taste test! Very productive all year long. 65 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.
Roza We were happy to receive this wonderful Russian tomato. In Russian, it is known as Bijskaya Roza. This red, smooth, round gem came in quite early so we got to enjoy plenty of tomato slices early on. It is a medium/large tomato that is very productive. Very happy vines kept putting out fruit until frost. You’ll love them. 60 Days. Indeterminate
Russian Gift This heirloom Russian paste tomato is very rich and flavorful. We enjoyed them immensely in our late garden, even as a slicer. The vines were strong and productive right up until it froze in the fall. What a gift! 80 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.
Siberian Pink We loved this early, small, red, round cluster tomato. The fruits were perfect with absolutely no blemishes and they had a nicely balanced tomato taste. Perfect for salads of a two bite snack. They are also very productive! 70 days Intermediate
Siberian Yellow Paste (left)
Siberian Yellow Paste Here’s a great big, very meaty, richly flavored yellow paste tomato you’ll love. They weigh 4-8 oz each and are elongated fat fruits with shining yellow skins and dense meat. Coming in a bit late, they made up for it in heavy production before frost. 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 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.
Sophie’s Choice This determinate may be a smaller plant but we were impressed with the production of medium sized, 8-12 oz, orange-red, round tomatoes. This is an heirloom from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Very flavorful for such an early tomato! Does not do well in heat. 55 days Determinate
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.
Stripes of Yore
Stripes of Yore is our new favorite salad tomato! This wonderfully striped black/green/gold/orange tomato is perfect to slice into a salad. The flavor is distinct, being fruity, a bit tart, then sweet. It is meaty and hugely productive all season long. 70 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 very 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. 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.
Tanana was first brought to our attention by an Alaskan grower who follows my Backwoods Home blog. Howard said this was his earliest and best tomato so, of course, I just had to give it a try. And we weren’t disappointed! Tanana was right up with Moravsky Div for both earliness and productivity. The taste was excellent for such an early tomato too. A sure winner for those with less than ideal growing seasons. 55 Days. Indeterminate
Ted’s Italian Here’s another of our favorite new tomatoes this year! Wow is all I can say. Ted’s Italian was hugely productive of solid, meaty, huge paste tomatoes with wonderful flavor. And they came in fairly early too! They’re big enough to use as a slicing tomato as well as using to whip up tons of scrumptious tomato paste to can up. 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
Tiffen Mennonite is a good substitution for Brandywine if you don’t have a long enough growing season. This tomato wows us! It’s earlier than Brandywine by about 10 days and has all that wonderful old-fashioned flavor. It’s a big beefsteak from the Mennonites in Wisconsin. Very productive too! 80 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.
Tonnalet was a wonderful surprise in all aspects. This gorgeous paste tomato wowed us with its sweet, rich flavor and astounding beauty. The vines were very productive of clusters of brilliant red Roma-type tomatoes with gorgeous yellow stripes. Very nice! 80 Days. Indeterminate
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.
Yellow Fire I was excited when these huge, pointed paste tomatoes started coloring up in the garden. Wow, how bright they are! Some are glowing yellow with orange blushes and others show red stripes. Yep, they’re on fire! And they have a rich flavor too, perfect to make a glowing tomato sauce for your favorite recipes. Oh, did I mention they are very productive too? 80 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