Why is the choice of the tomatoes for the year so hard to make? Because we have one chance at it and if you pick the wrong ones we're stuck with it until next year (duh!)? I'm rolling the dice and going with almost all new ones this year. My goal is to come up with an early and a later season canning tomato (San Marzano fills one of the late slots), early and late slicers (Cherokee Purple is one of these) and early and late general salad tomatoes. (Here is this years' cast of characters and what the seed catalog says about them ...
OP : Early Season, 52 days. Determinate.
Developed by Dr. James Baggett of
. Plants do
very well in cooler climates producing deep-red, excellently flavored round,
slicing tomatoes 8-10 oz. Very good flavor considering how early a tomato it
is. Oregon State
OP : Early Season, 55 days. Indeterminate
A sensational and very popular, early producing tomato variety. A good choice for a tomato as you wait for later varieties to harvest. Our organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, vigorous, potato-leaf plants that yield copious amounts of 2", 4 oz, fruits that are deep-red color, inside and out. Five to nine fruits per cluster with a rich heirloom tomato flavor. Plant produces well until frost. A good tomato variety for cooler growing regions since fruits ripen quickly. A good canning tomato.
Beaver Lodge Slicer
OP : Early Season, 55 days. Determinate
Bred at the
in Alberta Canada. One of the earliest
maturing tomato varieties (55 days). Our TomatoFest organic seeds produce
short, compact, determinate, plants that are loaded with 2", smooth, red,
round tomatoes that contain rich and well balanced flavors. A surprisingly big
flavor for such an early tomato. This is a perfect tomato variety for growing
in a hanging basket or in a patio container. A good choice for cooler and foggy
growing regions like Northern California.
Heirloom : Early Season, 60 days. Semideterminate.
An wonderful, extra-early tomato. This heirloom yields an abundance of deep red, 4-6 oz., smooth, cold-tolerant, round and slightly flattened fruits with a luscious, rich taste.
Heirloom : Early Season, 67 days. Indeterminate
French heirloom. Produces dependable heavy, clusters of 6-ounce deep red, slightly flattened, oblate fruits that are meaty, lightly lobed and contain an excellent, complex, slightly tart taste. I have found that this variety also does well in the cooler summer conditions of
California's bay areas.
An all-'round great tomato for slicing.
Heirloom : Mid Season, 75 days. Indeterminate.
(aka Black Crimson and Black Crim) Originally from the Isle of Krim on the Black Sea in the former
This rare, and outstanding tomato yields 3-4" slightly flattened dark-red
(mahogany-colored) slightly maroon, beefsteak tomatoes with deep green
shoulders. Green gel around seeds. Fantastic, intense, slightly salty taste
(which is great for those not wanting to add salt to their tomatoes).
Heirloom : Mid Season, 78 days. Semi determinate
Compact and prolicic producer of bright-red, slim, 2-3 inch, plum-type, fruit
over a long season. A paste tomato with pointy end, heavy walls and little
juice, so it's great for tomato sauce. Crack resistant. Better tasting than
Heirloom : Late Season, 80 days. Indeterminate
cultivated by Native American Cherokee tribe.
Very productive plants producing loads of dusky rose to purple colored, 12
oz.-1 lb., beefsteak tomatoes with deep red colors to the interior flesh and
dark shoulders. A very popular market variety because of it's rich, complex and
sweet flavors. One of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes Tennessee
I ordered all of my seed from TomatoFest this year ... mostly because the were the only place that had both San Marzano and Bloody Butcher and since they have a minimum order amount I just continued with them ....
We'll see ... hope I'm not posting the "Attack" poster again later this season ....