A glimpse of some of our heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes.
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.
Casady’s Folly Coyote
Japanese Black Trifele Mexico Midgets
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.
TOMATOES about 20 seeds per pack
Alice’s Dream We love our colorful tomatoes and Alice’s Dream sure didn’t disappoint us in any way. These were early producers of wonderful, fruity, mild-tasting tomatoes we simply loved to eat on our sandwiches or just plain, sliced on a plate. Yum!! Very productive over a long season too. 65 Days Indeterminate
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
Amish Gold Slicer We absolutely loved this new tomato from Amish country. It’s big, gold, smooth and 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
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
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
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
Bill Bean (our largest so far)
Here’s a BIG Bill Bean tomato grown by customer, Sharon W.
A few “run of the mill” Bill Bean Tomatoes
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.
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
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. 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. Also great for green fried tomatoes! 75 days. Indeterminate
Black Krim This tomato comes from the Crimean Peninsula. It’s thought that soldiers who returned home at the end of the Crimean War (1856) gathered up Black Krim tomato seeds that were then passed down through their families. These were the first commercially available “black” tomatoes in the US. This beautiful beefsteak turns a dark maroon color with “green shoulders. The more sun exposure a Black Krim gets, the darker the color it turns. When grown in very hot and sunny climates, the color deepens to almost black. 80 Days Indeterminate
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 tastier 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
Burracker’s Favorite We received seeds for this wonderful yellow beefsteak from our tomato-guru friend, Al Anderson. He told us it was a very late variety and might not mature for us. Our plants thought otherwise and matured with lots and lots of 1# plus beefsteaks with a glowing red blossom end, shooting up through the beautiful skin and flesh. And it is definitely one of the best tasting tomatoes we’ve ever eaten! Originally from Burracker’s Hollow in West Virginia. 75-90 days
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
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
Chocolate Stripes Our tomato friend, Al Anderson, bred this wonderful variety. It’s a 4-10 oz, roundish glowing brick red with metallic greenish stripes with faint ribbing. This luscious tomato has won many taste tests, nationwide and is also very productive. Ours produced many fruits weighing nearly a pound! But it’s looks will stop you in your tracks as you walk the garden. 75 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
Crimson Sprinter We were real happy with this pretty, hugely productive 4-6 oz round, red tomato. Recommended to us by friends, we gave it a try and were thrilled. And what a tasty tomato it is, too. Great for salads, canning or a slicer. 70 days Semi-determinate
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
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.
Fantome du Laos
Fantome 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
El Roy We expected wonders when we received this seed from Al Anderson, who maintains 1,400 varieties of tomatoes. And we sure weren’t disappointed! El Roy has the strongest plants I’ve ever seen. And the tomatoes followed up as nice, red, large beefsteaks with tremendous flavor, just the right balance between sweet and acid. It’s a new favorite for us, for sure! 80 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.
Forest Fire Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE who walked through our garden this summer stopped dead in their tracks at the sight of these three foot high plants, simply bending down with huge waves of round red salad tomatoes. It was stunning! And for a very early tomato, the taste was right up there too. 60 days Determinate
Gold Medal has always been one of our favorite summer tomatoes. As a luscious slicer, this mild, sweet tasting tomato can’t be beat. Very juicy and stunning in appearance too! It is also very productive so you’ll enjoy plenty of them over your growing season. 75 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
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
Honey Sugar is a mild tasting, sweet orange 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
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
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!
Jaune Flamme This French heirloom 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 and stunning brown shoulders. 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. Indeterminate
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 she 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
Moravsky Div It took a greatly productive tomato to tie with our favorite sauce tomato, Punta Banda but this year, this Czech beauty 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 backyard 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
Nelson’s Golden Giant Al Anderson, my tomato guru friend, first introduced me to Nelson’s this spring. And boy were we impressed with this glowing yellow-gold beefsteak. They are sweet and mild tasting, very large, with some ribbing. Many of ours weighed over a pound easily and many there were! Baskets full. 80 days Indeterminate
Northern Lights We really found this orange with red streaks and blushes up the sides, beefsteak-size tomato outstanding both in flavor and productivity. Large enough to make nice slicers, it also cans up wonderfully as it has plenty of juice. Everyone loved these shining tomatoes in our garden! 75 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
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
President Garfield Here we have perhaps the prettiest tomato in our garden if you love red. This 6-10 oz gem is heavily ruffled and hugely productive. Add excellent old-fashioned tomato flavor and you have the whole package; just what a tomato should be! We loved them as slicers and cut up in salads. So beautiful and tasty too. 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
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 Rocket plant AFTER harvesting for seeds and canning!
Red Rocket Folks were stopped in their tracks when touring our gardens; these plants were tightly packed inside and out of the cages with big, round, blemish-free, juicy red tomatoes, too numerous to count! We were pretty amazed, ourselves. This is a gotta try it tomato! 75 Days Semi-determinate
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
Sasha’s Altai This wonderful early tomato is said to have the best flavor of all tomatoes! It was brought to the U.S. from Siberia after a gardener named Sasha walked nearly 22 miles in order to deliver this wonderful tomato to seedsman, Bill Dorman, who was collecting Soviet tomatoes of great importance. The red fruit is 4-10 oz, round with some mild ribbing and is as good as its reputation! 75 days Semi-determinate
Silvery Fir Tree
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
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
Starburst Nebula We were thrilled to grow this tomato! It is a large, sweet, gorgeous and productive beefsteak. The flesh is yellow, streated with bright red. Your sandwiches won’t be the same after you start using this one! 80 Days Indeterminate
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
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
Tip Top Now it takes a lot to wow us but boy did Tip Top do that in spades! This 6-8 oz, perfectly round, red gem was SO very productive. And not a blemish on one of them despite all the rain we had this past season. This would grow well in a large container as the vines are only about three feet high and sturdy. The flavor was also a winner; much better than most “early” tomatoes. 75 days Determinate
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. SOLD OUT FOR 2023
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
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
Belmonte 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
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
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
Cow’s Tit This wonderful paste tomato was given to us by our late tomato guru, Al Anderson. What a wonderful gift it was, too! We simply loved this very meaty, sweet, flavorful paste tomato (even if it has an “unusual” name!). Very productive too. 80 Days Indeterminate
Enormous Plum Enormous Plum (aka Enormous Paste) 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
Erdie Family Oxheart
Erdie Family Oxheart We were given seeds of this wonderful tomato by customers two years ago and all I can say is “WOW!”. Not only are these tomatoes big and early, but they are also hugely productive and as rich and sweet as a tomato gets. I made lots of sauce from these babies. 80 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
Ernie’s Plump After growing and loving Ernie’s Nose for years, we just had to try Ernie’s Plump! Boy were we happy we did. This purse-shaped paste tomato is so productive and tasty, too! The tomatoes are about 4-5 ounces and very solid fleshed too. 75 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
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
Goat’s Bag Here’s a tomato that will wow your friends as it did ours. I think it’s our biggest paste tomato that can also be used as a slicer. Very meaty!! And very few seeds inside. Many of ours weighed nearly two pounds! Now that’s a paste tomato. As there are few seeds, we have limited seeds this year. 10 seeds per pack. 80 Days Indeterminate SOLD OUT FOR 2023
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
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
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
Orange Paste We grow a lot of different paste tomatoes but Orange Paste is truly different. It is definitely orange, not yellow-orange, but a deep, glowing orange. The flavorful meat is thick and the tomatoes are elongated, similar to Roma, but larger. I made lots of beautiful orange salsa with this beauty! 75 days Indeterminate
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! SOLD OUT FOR 2023
Purple Russian Aka UKRAINIAN Purple
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
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. 75 days Indeterminate
Santa Maria If you want a tomato that will make lots and lots of sweet tomato sauce in a hurry, this is your friend! Santa Maria is very productive, and those tomatoes are always big, solid and dependable. Very hardy, even in our severe drought last year. I just love this tomato! 75 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
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
Turkish Paste A good friend bought some sun-dried tomatoes from Turkey at a health food store and called me to ask if I thought the seeds would still be good to plant. She did and ended up with a bumper crop of wonderful, smooth, large, meaty, red tomatoes. We were both impressed! Then she sent me a whole box of them, from which I saved seeds and made the best salsa I’ve ever had. 80 Days. Indeterminate SOLD OUT FOR 2023
Yellow Bell Paste
Yellow Bell Our friends Mia and John in California recommended this bright yellow paste tomato to us and we sure weren’t sorry we grew it! This luscious paste tomato looks like a yellow Roma but we feel it has more flavor and is more productive too. Very meaty and lots and lots of fruit on the vines. 80 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
PLUM OR SALAD TOMATOES
Black Dragon This is one of my new favorite plum tomatoes this year! It’s a small-medium sized 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.
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
Dark Tiger We were gifted seeds for the large plum sized tomato from friends and were amazed at both its beautiful, blue-shouldered red looks and its wonderful, rich tomatoey flavor. We found ourselves passing them out to visitors frequently to taste. Very productive, too! 75 Days Indeterminate
Gargamel To be sure, we were intrigued by the name. But this summer we were blown away by the unique elongated round tomatoes, reddish orange on the bottom and golden stripes. VERY pretty and also great flavored and hugely productive to boot. You’ll love them! 70 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
Amethyst Cream This was one of our favorite cherry tomatoes this year. Every time we passed the vines, we grabbed a handful to munch on while we walked the garden. Visitors, too, absolutely loved its fruity, sweet taste and crisp, juicy texture. 70 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
Black Strawberry We just love to mix these dark blue/red cherry tomatoes in with some of the other colors to have on the table for snacking with a meal or just when we walk by. These little beauties shine, both in color and flavor, as well has having high, healthy antioxidants, due to their color. 75 Days Indeterminate
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
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 Orange Muscat We are really impressed at the rich, fruity, sweet flavor of these mild, dark orange cherry tomatoes! Every year, we find new favorites, and it’s hard not to plant a thousand tomato varieties. But this one is definitely a keeper and a favorite nibbler in the garden or on the table, added to salads during the summer. Very productive too! 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 Determinate
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
Mexico Midgets We grew this tomato for the first time and were wowed by everything about this variety. It develops into a HUGE plant so it’s not for a container! Ours was 6’ high and over 6’ wide!! And this plant produces millions of very small red cherry tomatoes with huge flavor. You have to eat handfuls. You can’t help it. A bit tart and fruity, it is still sweet enough for kids. And me! 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
Tropical Sunset This beautiful mid-size cherry tomato wows everyone who comes into our gardens. Nobody can resist taking a bite, then a handful. They have a tropical, sweet flavor and they look oh-so-great in a salad. Kids adore them! 75 Days Indeterminate