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                                                The Flavor of Days Bygone

                                               WELCOME TO TOMATO TORNADO 2017

PERHAPS WE'VE GOTTEN A BIT CARRIED AWAY, SEDUCED BY THE MYRIAD SHAPES, SIZES, FLAVORS AND COLORS OF THE BEST GARDEN VEGETABLE. WE ARE LUCKY TO BE GARDENING DURING THIS TOMATO RENAISSANCE. OLD VARIETIES BEING REDISCOVERED AND OFTEN  BRED FOR MORE PRODUCTIVITY AND DISEASE RESISTANCE.  BEST OF ALL, RETAINING THE MOUTHWATERING FLAVORS THAT HAVE BEEN SO FORGOTTEN IN MODERN FARM PRODUCTION. I GUESS THAT'S WHY WE HAVE ADDED SO MANY DELICIOUS AND INTRIGUING VARIETIES TO OUR LIST.

                                                         A Plateful of Flavor and Color

(Our tomatoes are selected based on flavor, productivity, disease resistance, and interesting names and histories.) 

Abraham Lincoln- Medium sized round tomatoes, strong tomato flavor, highly productive, 1920's variety, yay Abe!

Abraham Lincoln, Honest Tomato Flavor

Arkansas Traveler- Bred at the University of Arkansas, 1968, medium round pink fruit, produces well in the heat of summer.

Arkansas Traveler


Brandywine- famous for its award winning flavor, large pink/red fruit, 1885 heirloom.  Tomato Brandywine famous flavor champion

 


Box Car Willie- heavy production of medium sized red, round tomatoes, excellent flavor. Tomato Box Car Willie

 


Cherokee Green- green skin, suffused with amber , delicious large tomatoes, meaty, productive, a new/old hybrid.

Cherokee Green, a New/Old Hybrid, (Two Heirloom Tomatoes as Parents)

 


Early Girl- earliest variety with good flavor and productivity, medium sized fruits. probably the best full sized tomato production in our garden last season.

 Tomato Early Girl

Golden Queen- Circa 1882 heirloom. Yellow with pink blush, beautiful and delicious. Golden Queen, as Delicious as She is Beautiful

Hungarian Heart- Couldn't resist a nod to my distant Hungarian progenitors. Oxheart tomato, meaty, large, few seeds and prolific.

Hungarian Heart

Japanese Black Trifele- Surprisingly, a Russian heirloom variety. Pear shaped medium sized fruits, potato-leaved.

Japanese lack Trifele

La Roma- paste tomato, larger fruit and better disiease resistance than Roma

La Roma

 

Pink Berkley Tie-Dye- medium size tangy fruit, red and green and chartreuse, beautiful to behold and to eat.

                                          Green Berkeley Tie-Dye


Momotaro- Japan's most popular tomato!  Pink and sweet, prolific bearer of round medium sized pink and smooth tomatoes.

Tomato Momotaro, the very picture of a perfectly ideal tomato  

Mortage Lifter- famously productive, large meaty pink fruit     Tomato Mortgage Lifter

 

 

San Marzano- Italian paste tomato, meaty bright red fruit, great for sauce or paste. Tomato San Marzano


Sioux- University of Nebraska bred heirloom, released in 1944. Round red tomato with exceptional flavor, wins many taste tests.

Tomato Sioux


Supersteak- giant beefstake with large yields of large tomatoes. The standard of slicing varieties. Tomato Superstaeak, the traditional slicing tomato

Think Pink- new hybrid, medium large pink fruit,nicely sweet yet "tomatoey", bears early and continually.

  Tomato Think Pink

 

 


                                                             CHERRY TOMATOES
                                                           An Assortment of Colorful and Flavorful Cherry Tomatoes, Summer 2013

 (To pick and eat or to put in salads with no slicing necessary. Just how many colors and tastes can we find?) 

Ceylon- small, flattened and scalloped fruits, nicely acidic and still sweet. Highly unusual shape.

Ceylon

Coyote-whitish/yellow, prolific, very sweet and fruity flavor.

Coyote

Galina's- Golden yellow, Siberian origin, potoato-leaved,delicious.

Galina's

 

 Green Zebra Cherry-    Somewhat grape or pear shaped. green/gold with darker green mottling. Lots of medium cherry size fruits with strong tomato flavor. A delicious, intriguing, and great producer last season.  

Green Zebra Cherry

IndigoCherry Drops- large yields, very sweet, high in anthocyanins. 

                                                                               Tomato Indigo Cherry Drops

Indigo Gold Berries- purple and gold tangy sweet fruit.

          Tomato Indigo Gold Berries

Sunrise Bumblebee- , unusual and intriguing.yellow with red stripes, sweetly acidic. Tomato Purple Bumblebee



Sun Gold- orange fruit abundantly produced, very sweet flavor, a favorite. Tomato Sungold, super productive and flavorful


Sweet Million- tons of red tomatoes, sweet and pungent, our favorite for eating off the vine and for salads with no chopping required.

  Tomato Sweet 100, our favorite cherry tomato

 

Tomatoes and Flavor

Why do homegrown tomatoes taste so much better than storebought? Unless you are buying from a local farmstand, or from a store that buys from one, you are not able to purchase any of the many hundreds of great tasting varieties that exist in the tomato world. Large farms grow produce that is uniform for ripening, harvest, packing, and shipping. Flavor is not part of the equation. Even if a variety is not completely devoid of flavor, the fruit is harvested well before fully ripe, so that it can ship with minimal bruising. Until the day when a great flavored tomato exists that can meet the other criteria , large farms are not able to provide the taste we look for in tomatoes. Luckily, we on the East End have plentiful sources for fulfilling our tomato desires.

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