In 2006 David began growing tomatoes. He began with four kinds.
The flavors were spectacular. We found out
difference between today's tomatoes and heirlooms. These are
more flavorful than "bought" tomatoes, but they do not keep well.
They need to be used within days of ripening. The
very thin and delicate, so they don't need to be peeled.
These seeds were bought from Tomato Growers Supply Company, Post Office Box
60015, Fort Myers, Florida 33906
The seed info and pics are from their catalog. You can find
catalog on the web at: http://www.tomatogrowers.com.
very pleased with their seeds and their service.
Four of them are growing from seeds we grew last year. The
tomatoes were so delicious, that he is expanding the collection this
year with 7 more kinds.
We have started the seeds indoors . It's not a very fancy
but many of the seeds sprouted this week (March 17, 2007).
We picked the first ones today, August 12.
Howard German #5029 (30 seeds) $2.30
harvests of 5-1/2 inch long, pointed paste tomatoes that weigh about 5
ozs. and are very meaty with a good, rich flavor. The shape is somewhat
variable - most appear like a plump banana pepper, although some may
look more like an elongated pear. This is an old variety, extremely
productive, and great for canning, paste, or sauces. Indeterminate. 80
San Marzano Redorta #5808 (30 seeds) $2.35
plum tomato is an heirloom variety from Tuscany, and named for a
mountain in Bergamo. Used for cooking, but flavorful enough to eat fresh
Today, August 12, was the first for Dr. Wyche's Yellow
Wyche's Yellow #5744 (30 seeds) $2.30
is undoubtedly one of the best tasting yellow tomatoes to be found,
combining luscious sweetness with plenty of tangy tomato flavor.
Golden-yellow fruit is beautiful, unblemished and smooth, and varies
from 10 ozs. to 1 lb. The shape is that of a typical beefsteak with
very meaty interiors. Huge, vigorous plants produce well, but it is the
rich, excellent flavor and large fruit size that really set this one
apart. Indeterminate. 80 days.
On August 12, the first White Beauty was picked. It's a lovely yellow color.
White Beauty #5190 (30 seeds) $2.20
color inside and outside make White Beauty a rarity. Extremely mild and
sweet because of a high sugar content. Fruits average 8 ounces and are
quite meaty with few seeds. Indeterminate. 85 days.
Dorothy's Green really is green!! (August 12, 2007).
Dorothy's Green #5400 (30 seeds) $2.30
smoothly shaped tomatoes are chartreuse green when fully ripe. Vigorous
plants set loads of mostly 1/2 lb. fruit. The excellent flavor is a
combination of sweetness and tartness with spicy overtones that tomato
connoisseurs have come to praise. Heirloom variety. Indeterminate. 80
We had to pick this because, after almost two inches of rain, it split! (August 12, 2007)
Black From Tula #6325 (30 seeds) $2.25
reddish-brown beefsteak tomato has a rich, sweet flavor that is
delicious. Fruit is smooth in texture and weighs from 8 to 12 ozs. This
outstanding variety is very productive and seems to set well even when
weather turns hot. Russian heirloom. Indeterminate. 75-80 days.
We picked the first Queen today, August 3. It is quite sour, which we
like. The texture is the right amount of firm and slippery.
Golden Queen, USDA Strain #5614 (30 seeds) $2.30
different from other Golden Queens commonly sold, this is from a strain
obtained from the USDA seed bank, and is the original Golden Queen
described by the seedsman Livingston in 1882. Tomatoes are 8 to 12 ozs.
and yellow with a pronounced pink blush on the blossom end extending up
towards the stem end. What makes this one better than the common solid
yellow Golden Queen is its superior flavor. It is delicious, with a
full tomato taste that is also sweet and most pleasant. Indeterminate.
The first one was picked July 27. It weighed 13.5
ounces. It was delicious!! Very tart and juicy.
Crnkovic Yugoslavian #5592 (30 seeds) $2.15
sweet flavor in 1 lb. pink beefsteaks that are capable of becoming
huge. This is a prolific bearer with outstandingly good taste.
Indeterminate. 80 to 85 days.
This was picked July
29. It is HUGE, weighing 1 pound 12+ ounces. (818
grams). It is not as sweet as Marianna's Peace. At
7 inches in diameter, one slice covered the bottom of a dinner plate.
Altai #5582 (30 seeds) $2.35
variety that originated in the Altai Mountains on the Chinese border.
Tall plants are heavy producers of 8 to 12 oz. pink-red beefsteak
tomatoes. The flavor is sweet yet acid and just delicious, with
harvests continuing over an incredibly long season. Indeterminate. 67
Thessaloniki #5857 (30 seeds) $2.25
with beautifully smooth, 6 to 8 ounce red fruits. Tomatoes are juicy
with an excellent old-fashioned acid tomato flavor. Good yields and
crack resistance add to the appeal of this delicious variety.
Indeterminate. 75 to 80 days.
This was picked July 28. It weighed 13 1/4 ounces.
Marianna's Peace #3722 (30 seeds) $2.55
potato-leaved dark pink tomato is fast becoming a favorite of gardeners
across the country. The large, 1 to 2 pound pink-red beefsteak fruits
have luscious, full tomato flavor that features a good balance of
acidity and sweetness. Vigorous vines are very productive, which is
special for a potato-leaved plant. Indeterminate. 80 days.
We were able to find this plant
at Frog Pond. It and Mortgage Lifter are two depression era
tomatoes that are supposed to have lots of consistent tomatoes per
plant. We have one plant and picked the first on on August 3, 2007It is delicious. Not too acid and nice texture.
80 days. Lycopersicon esculentum. Plant
produces heavy yields of 10 oz red tomatoes. Tomatoes have the old
fashioned tomato flavor and turn to red when mature. Thought to have
been named after the legendary country singer. A heirloom variety from
the USA. Crack Resistant. Disease Resistant. Indeterminate. pk/20
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Created March 17, 2007
Pictures added July 28
and August 13