RED AND PINK VARIETIES
(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) – 70-80 days – Indeterminate
Red slicer/canner, productive, fruits over a pound. This red, heart-shaped tomato has it all; it’s early, it’s huge, it wins the taste tests, it’s dense without too many seeds so great for cooking. Best Tomato Ever.
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.
Rose de Berne
(Fedco/Maine) – OP Heirloom – Indeterminate.
The Brandywine of Switzerland, this is a large (but not brandywine-size), pink tomato with excellent flavor even in slightly less sunny conditions. I do see more variability with this variety than most. Still, one of my favorites.
(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; it does especially well for us in the hoophouse in fall.
(Nichols/Oregon) – HYBRID – 65-70 days – Indeterminate.
Large pink slicer, picture-perfect prettiness, and an extraordinarily sweet flavor that doesn’t taste like any other tomato. A bit fussy to grow.
(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
(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).
Cascade Village Blue
(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. Couldn’t evaluate properly in 2019.
(Adaptive/Oregon – OP – Indeterminate. A Russian Heirloom, I don’t think it’s as tasty as Black Krim or Purple Cherokee, but it holds up much better in wet conditions.
YELLOW, ORANGE AND WHITE VARIETIES
(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.
(Baker Creek) – 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. New seed source this year.
(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.
(Sweet Corn Organics/AZ) OP Heirloom – 70-75 days – Indeterminate
Large orange fruits that hold up well in wet weather. Hard to find seed; this is a new seed supplier.
(Fedco/Maine) – 85 days – Indeterminate.
Yellow bicolor, very large beefsteaks with a low acid fruity flavor. Somewhat late for our area and does not hold up well in wet weather, but delicious while they last! Organic seed.
GREEN AND GREEN-MULTICOLOR VARIETIES
(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
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. A large, aggressive and productive plant.
Wagner Blue Green
New for 2020
(Baker Creek) – OP – Indeterminate
Another interesting green tomato from Tom Wagner, the one who bred Green Zebra; a 3″ tomato with indigo skin and green flesh. The reviews give it high marks for flavor!
SMALL FRUITED – CHERRY AND GRAPE TOMATOES
New for 2020
(Totally Tomatoes) – OP- Indeterminate, 70 days. A descendant of Black Cherry, selected for flavor and productivity; 1/2″ round dark purple fruits. I like the smaller cherry tomatoes, and this is supposed to be sweeter than Chocolate Cherry!
(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.
PASTE AND PLUM TYPE VARIETIES
(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) – HYBRID – 60 days – Indeterminate
These teeny little 1-2oz red paste tomatoes might fit with the cherry or grape tomatoes, but they are a real all-purpose tomato. They produce ridiculously and are unfazed by weather.
New for 2020
(Territorial) – HYBRID – 85 days – Determinate
Large red paste tomatoes (2″x3″) rather late. It fairly tasty and it didn’t seem too bothered by the rain, though, so it’s worth trying in these times of strange weather.
(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. Late, and the plant is fairly small. Rare variety.
Grandma Mary’s Paste
(Fedco/Maine) OP – 68 days – Indeterminate.
Large, meaty paste tomato, early and tolerant of cold summers.
(Seed Saver’s Exchange/Iowa) – OP – 70-80 days – Indeterminate
Meaty texture, great flavor, 3″ paste tomatoes. Heirloom from Pennsylvania. Organic seed.
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 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.