Tomatoes

Tomatoes should be ordered in March for best availability, and picked up in late May or very early June. Peppers, Eggplants, Basil, and other starts are also available. For details, see Plant  starts, or the brochure.

RED AND PINK VARIETIES

Cosmonaut Volkov

New for 2017
(Fedco/Maine) – OP – 65 days – Indeterminate.
Red heirloom, slightly flattened 8–12 oz tomatoes; early and with sublime flavor. Originating in Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine.

Brandywine/Sudduth’s strain

Brandywine100(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) – OP Heirloom – 90 days – Indeterminate.
This is the famous, by reputation the most flavorful strain of Brandywine, the pinnacle of tomato flavor.

Gill’s All Purpose

GillsAllPurpose100(Territorial/Cottage grove) – 75 days – Determinate.
Nice round red tomatoes, with excellent flavor; the only one (other than Sungold) that was really delicious in the cloudy summer of 2010 – it was tomato of the year! An old Oregon heirloom variety. Organic seed. One of my favorite of the JARTs (just another red tomato).

Super Fantastic

SuperFantastic100(West Coast Seeds, BC) Hybrid – 70 days – Indeterminate.
Large red tomatoes, smooth red pretty globes, productive, disease resistant (Verticillium, Fusarium Wilt and Nematodes). The flavor is good but not necessarily outstanding, but the size, beauty, and productivity keep pulling me in.

Italian Heirloom

ItalianHeirloom100(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) – 70-80 days – Indeterminate
Red slicer/canner, productive, fruits over a pound. From SSE: “One of the most productive varieties we have grown at Heritage Farm. Excellent full tomato flavor. Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel”. First prize at the 2012 Seed Savers Exchange tomato tasting. Tied for FwF tomato of the year in 2014 (with Mr. Fumarole)

Stupice

(Territorial/Cottage Grove, OR) OP – 55 days – Indeterminate
Pronounced “Stew-peach-ka”. Extra-early, cold-tolerant tomato. 2-4 oz salad size very very sweet, delicious red fruit, one of the first to harvest and one of the last in fall. Originated 1977 in Czechoslovakia. Organic seed.

Legend

(Nichols/Albany) OP – 68 days – Determinate.
Perfect smooth medium-large red round tomatoes. One of the earliest maturing slicing tomatoes; also produced late season. I was impressed by this one. While it’s listed as determinate, it seemed to keep producing. Parthenocapic so will set fruit when it’s too cold for pollination (or possible too hot?). Strong tolerance to late blight. Organic seed.

Nepal

(Victory Seeds, Molalla OR) – 78 days – indeterminate
This is a red medium size slicer/canner, described with enthusiasm in the seed cataglogs. While it’s hard to get excited about a red slicer and the trial in 2016 wasn’t conclusive, we will test this again in 2017.

Chianti Rose

(Territorial/Cottage Grove) OP – 78 days – Indeterminate
Large deep rosy-pink beefsteaks, reputed to be a cross of Brandywine and another variety, with the rich Brandywine flavor but earlier. Very nice, fruit is very similar to Brandywine. Organic Seed.

Jory

Jory100(Adaptive Seed, Sweet Home) – 60 days – Heirloom – Indeterminate
In 2014, someone called me up and asked me about this tomato, which I’d never heard of, and pointed me at this article. An old Oregon canning variety, dry farmed in Marion and Polk counties the early 20thC. It’s a heart shaped, flavorful red, looking quite a lot like Italian Heirloom.

Uralskiy Ranniy

(Adaptive Seed, Sweet Home) OP
Impressively early, decent size well-flavored tomatoes, small plant. No, I’m not sure on the pronounciation, I just say “Uralsky”. The name means “Early from Ural”.

Scotia

(Territorial/Cottage Grove, OR) OP – 60 days – Determinate
Small plants. Sets fruit in cold weather and produces a good number of medium size slicers with very good flavor.

Forest Fire

(saved seed) OP – Determinate
One of the earliest tomatoes with excellent flavor. Small plant, tomatoes are on the small side, maybe just a bit larger than salad. Rare variety.

PURPLE AND BLACK VARIETIES

Pink Berkely Tie-dye

New for 2017
(Fedco/Maine) – OP – 65 days – Indeterminate.
With the Wild Board multicolored, striped varieties, it’s hard to know what color to put them under. Port-wine colored, with metallic green streaks, and certainly an outstandingly flavorful variety.

Black Krim

BlackKrim100(Nichols, Albany) Heirloom – 80 days – Indeterminate.
Large, slightly flattened, dark-purple fruits shading to red, beautiful color; and delicious, rivaling Purple Cherokee.

Purple Cherokee

PurpleCherokee100(Bountiful) OP Heirloom – 75-85 days – Indeterminate.
8-12 oz., deep burgundy fruits with a green shoulder, brown/maroon flesh and green gel. All time best tasting tomato with an especially rich flavor. Tend to be less productive and disease susceptible, but worth it. Others report no cracking, disease tolerant, produce even in bad weather (hot and dry or cool and wet).

Japanese Black Trifele

JapBlackTrifele100(Territorial/Cottage Grove) – 85 days – Indeterminate, potato leaf.
A pear shaped tomato with green shoulders, mahogany midsection and dark base. Medium size, meaty, complex and rich flavor, Territorial calls this “A truly transcendent tomato” with “incomparable, almost indescribably complex and rich flavor”.

Lucid Gem

New for 2017
Lucid Gem(Wild Boar/California) – OP – Indeterminate.
Wild Board tempted me with this picture – how could anyone resist? They say it’s meaty, with few seeds, very good, fruity, sweet flavor, and has good field holding ability, and post-harvest storage.
(Photo from Wild Boar’s site)

YELLOW, ORANGE AND WHITE VARIETIES

Pork Chop

PorkChop100(Pinetree/Maine) – 80 days – Indeterminate.
A true yellow slicer with more or less streaks of – green! The important feature is a zippy delicious flavor that stands out from the usual run of mild-flavored yellows. A Wild Boar variety.

Tangerine

Tangerine100(Nichols/Albany) – 83 days – Indeterminate.
Large, tangerine-colored tasty fruits. This variety contains the tangerine gene, linked to exceptional high levels of lycopene, which is proven in scientific studies to protect the prostate. It also did particularly well in the dreadful September of ’13, producing big beautiful orange globes with minimal cracking.

Gold Medal

GoldMedal100(Territorial/Cottage Grove) OP Heirloom – 75 days – Indeterminate
Very large, yellow blushed with red; mild flavor. Early ripening and does well with cooler nighttime temperatures. This does much better than Big Rainbow, which it replaces; a wonderful, productive tomato that even impressed Rose Marie Nichols McGee, who’s tried a lot of tomatoes. Organic seed.

Jaune Flamme

JauneFlamee100(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) OP Heirloom – 70-75 days – Indeterminate
Bright orange and yellow salad size fruits with excellent flavor, early and productive.

GREEN AND GREEN-MULTICOLOR VARIETIES

Green Zebra

GreenZebra100(Nichols/Albany and Baker/Missouri) OP – 75 days – Indeterminate.
Small/salad size tomatoes, chartreuse streaked with lime green. Full-bodied real tomato flavor. Good yield, but susceptible to blossom end rot.

Aunt Ruby’s German Green

AuntRubysGermanGreen100(Fedco/Maine) OP Heirloom – 80 days – Indeterminate
Beefsteak fruits, very large,a pound or more. Sweet juicy and delicious, like a green Brandywine. In 2013, came in a little late, but managed to produce fairly well in spite of the terrible rain, though it was tricky to figure out when they were ripe, the subtle change in tone is much easier to see in the smaller green tomatoes.

Ananas Noire

AnanasNoire100(Territorial/Cottage Grove) OP – 85 days – Indeterminate.
Uniquely beautiful and delicious! This was FwF Tomato of the year in 2007 and we always grow it for the jaw-dropping beauty of the red, green and black colors. Plus it’s delicious! Very large tomatoes have skin in green, purple, orange and yellow, while the flesh is green with red and purple streaks. Organic seed

Green Cherokee

(Pinetree, Maine) OP – 80 days – Indeterminate.
Medium size, 8-12oz fruits, ripening to green with an amber blush. There is a claim that this is the best flavor of all the green tomatoes, though I don’t think the first trial was convincing. The size is nicely in between too-small Green Zebra and too-large Aunt Ruby’s.

SMALL FRUITED – CHERRY AND GRAPE TOMATOES

Amethyst Gem

New for 2017
(Wild Boar/California) – OP – Indeterminate.
A white cherry with purple streaks, see the picture here. Wild Boar can come up with something new even when I think I’ve seen every possible color! Online discussions imply this is one of the best of the Wild Boar cherries.

Sungold

Sungold100(Nichols/Albany) Hybrid – 65 days – Indeterminate.
This has won more taste tests than anything else – the small round light orange cherry tomatoes have a sweet, tangy, fruity flavor that’s just amazing. One of the earliest, productive, but does not produce very late into fall. Some splitting. If I could only take one tomato to a desert island, this would be it. Non-semenis hybrid.

Peacevine cherry

Peacevine100(Peace Seeds/Corvallis) OP – 70-80 days – Indeterminate
Small bright red cherry in tresses. Exceptionally good flavor. Very high in Vit. C cherry and gamma-amino butyric acid (a natural body sedative that calms jitters). I’ve had them start coming in at 64 days.

Green Doctors Frosted Cherry

Green Doctors Frosted Cherry(Fedco/Maine) OP – 79 days – Indeterminate
A very sweet and flavorful olive-shaped cherry, green with a silver frost. Best new tomato for 2013 (alas, split in the rain). Organic seed.

Chocolate Cherry

ChocolateCherry100(Territorial/Cottage Grove) – 70 days – Indeterminate
I grew this in 2015 just for a change, since it was Black Cherry year after year. And then the Chocolate Cherry won all these taste tests! (or at least, tied with Sungold and Italian Heirloom, which is as good as a win). They are regular cherry size (a bit larger than I prefer), very productive, and kept producing well into fall.

Indigo Blueberries

IndigoBlueberries100(Pinetree, Main) – 85 days
Similar to Indigo Rose, same dark purple blush over red, in a small cherry bite-size bit of tomatoness. Prolific.

PASTE AND PLUM TYPE VARIETIES

Heidi

(Victory/Molalla, OR) – 90 days – semi determinate
This is supposed to be a 3oz paste with fairly thin skin, meaty, with excellent flavor, and noted to have fewer problems with blossom end rot than most paste types. It’s one of the tomatoes described in Dr. Carolyn Male’s “100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden”.

Mr. Fumarole

MrFumarole100(Fedco/Maine) OP – 65 days – Indeterminate
Large elongated 3–6″ pinkish plum tomato, particularly delicious for a paste. A winner in Fedco’s 2007 paste test, and did very well at our taste testings. Low incidence of blossom end rot, but crack in wet weather. Organic seed.

Romeo

Romeo100(Saved seed) OP – Indeterminate
The biggest paste tomato I’ve ever seen – in the 1 ½ pound range. Dense, soft flesh, good flavor; very few seeds. May be late. Rare variety.

Saucy

(Nichols/Albany) OP – 68 days – Determinate
Productive, compact plants, large firm red plum shaped tomatoes, similar to Health Kick. Fruit quality holds well on or off the vine. Few seeds. Determinate.

Grandma Mary’s Paste

GrandmaMary100(Fedco/Maine) OP – 68 days – Indeterminate.
Large, meaty paste tomato, early and tolerant of cold summers.

Pasta

New for 2017
(Fedco/Maine) HYBRID- 84 days – Indeterminate.
2-3 oz tomatoes, they say the flavor is good enough for fresh eating as well as sauce, and high-yielding.

 
 
 


Most tomatoes are grown from commercial seed which is true to type (most of the time – every couple of years I seem to get an off-type). A very few varieties are saved seed, as noted. If you come across anything that doesn’t seem right, please let me know! I only grow one or two of any variety myself, so I can’t always detect rare problems.

The days to maturity are as listed by the seed vendor; it might be more or less where you are, and depending on the year, and may not be consistent between different seed vendors.