RED AND PINK VARIETIES
(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)
Gill’s All Purpose
(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).
(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. Large, pink beefsteak tomatoes, the classic heirloom tomato.
(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.
(Nichols/Oregon) – HYBRID – 65-70 days – Indeterminte.
Large pink slicer, picture-perfect prettiness, and an extraordinarily sweet flavor that doesn’t taste like any other tomato.
(Fedco/Maine) – OP – 65 days – Indeterminate.
Red heirloom, slightly flattened 8–12 oz tomatoes, originating in Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine.
(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.
(Nichols/Albany) OP – 68 days – semi-determinate.
Perfect smooth medium-large red round tomatoes. One of the earliest maturing slicing tomatoes; also produced late season. Parthenocapic so will set fruit when it’s too cold for pollination (or possible too hot?). Strong tolerance to late blight. Organic seed.
(Territorial/Cottage Grove) OP – 78 days – Indeterminate
Large deep rosy-pink beefsteaks, similar to Brandywine with the same rich flavor but earlier. Organic Seed.
(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.
(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.
(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
Cascade Village Blue
New for 2019
(Adaptive/OR), OP – indeterminate – 75 days
Tom Wagner, the seed breeder who gave us Green Zebra and other varieties, has come up with a cross of Indigo Rose and Green Zebra, a Saladette with the indigo-over-red coloration and (they say) great flavor. I can’t wait to try this!
Pink Berkely Tie-dye
(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.
(Nichols, Albany) Heirloom – 80 days – Indeterminate.
Large, slightly flattened, dark-purple fruits shading to red, beautiful color; and delicious, rivaling Purple Cherokee.
(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
(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”.
(Wild Boar/California) – OP – Indeterminate.
What a beautiful tomato! The taste is good, at least, as far as I noticed while gazing at its beauty.
YELLOW, ORANGE AND WHITE VARIETIES
New for 2019
(Fedco/Maine) – 85 days – Indeterminate.
Yellow bicolor, very large beefsteaks with a low acid fruity flavor. May be late in our area. Organic seed.
(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.
(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.
(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
(Nichols/Albany and Baker/Missouri) OP – 75 days – Indeterminate.
Small/salad size tomatoes, chartreuse streaked with lime green. Full-bodied excellent tomato flavor. A bit finicky and susceptible to blossom end rot.
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
(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.
(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
SMALL FRUITED – CHERRY AND GRAPE TOMATOES
New for 2019
(Fedco/Maine) – HYBRID – Indeterminate. 64 days. A bright red small grape tomato with a firm, crunchy sweetness. Not the earliest, nor the sweetest, nor the most prolific, but… yet… somehow this was the one I came back to and searched out the ripest ones, hidden back in the foliage.
(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.
(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
(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.
(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.
(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
New for 2019
(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) – OP – 70-80 days – Indeterminate.
Meaty texture, great flavor, 3″ paste tomatoes that won the SSE tomato tasting/paste division in 2017, and I’m still looking for that perfect paste. Heirloom from Pennsylvania. Organic seed
New for 2019
(Adaptive/OR) – OP – 65 days – Determinate
Smallish, plump paste tomatoes with a point at the end; proflic and quite tasty. Said to be less susceptible to blossom end rot.
(Pinetree/Maine) – OP – 75 days – Determinate
2-3 oz paste tomatoes, meaty, said to be less susceptible to blossom end rot. Heirloom variety from Italy.
(Fedco/Maine) OP – 65 days – Indeterminate
Large elongated 3–6″ pinkish plum tomato, particularly delicious fresh compared to most paste varieties. 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.
(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.
(Nichols/OR) 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.
NOTE: I’ve had reports that lately these have been small and disappointing, possibly related to the switch from Territorial to Nichols as a seed source. If you’ve had a bad experience from my Saucy plants over the last few years, please let me know.
Grandma Mary’s Paste
(Fedco/Maine) OP – 68 days – Indeterminate.
Large, meaty paste tomato, early and tolerant of cold summers.
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.