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TOMATOES (Lycopersicon lycopersicon) Tomatoes (originally called tomatl) were a curiosity to the early Spanish settlers in Mexico who sent them back to their homeland. By the 16th century, tomatoes had traveled widely throughout Europe, to Africa and the lands of the Moors (Arabs). Their odd names give you an idea just how Europeans viewed tomatoes when they first encountered them: Wolf Apple, Pomme d'amour (apple of love), Pommo d'oro (yellow apple). They were even considered an aphrodisiac. Thomas Jefferson, my personal gardening hero, grew tomatoes first as an ornamental in 1781 and later grew them for food. Since the rise of hybrid tomatoes in the 1950's, hundreds of heirloom varieties have unfortunately been lost.
    I never fully understood why the tomatoes tasted so much better when I traveled. I can still vividly remember my first "Greek" salad served in a small taverna, in the neighborhood called Anaphiotika, which lies truly at the foot of the Parthenon in Athens. Just slices of the best tomato I had ever eaten, some Greek salty feta cheese, some sliced onion, a few olives and drizzled with olive oil. I did not realize then that I was eating my first "real" tomato, an open pollinated heirloom, not the awful cardboard hybrid ones served in America. It was heaven.
    I needn't mention that Italy has made an art form of tomatoes in their cuisine. However, my first pizza in Bologna, Italy, did throw me for a loop. There was not the red tomato sauce I was accustomed to, but garlic, olive oil and seafood, including mussels still in their shells on top. I was even at a loss as to how to eat it.
    All food in Italy is adored and prepared lovingly. It is scrumptious everywhere from the cheapest little cafe on up. I loved the little tubes of tomato paste that looked just like toothpaste. Italians buy their food fresh, it is never refrigerated in their homes. Every Italian town and city has colorful outdoor markets exploding with produce, always eaten seasonally. In Venice housewives traveled far by water to get to the little markets so they took haggling over food prices to a new level! Italians take freshness, high quality and seasonally grown food very seriously. Like many travelers to Italy, I literally ate my way through the countryside.
    When I traveled to Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, and the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, I encountered a French/Arab influence in the cuisine. Meals began with fresh sliced tomatoes and other vegetables spread out on plates, never in bowls like we eat salads, prior to the entree. Familiar French cooking was improved upon with African spices and unusual produce and grains.
    Tomatoes originated botanically, it is believed, in the mountains of Mexico. They are so indigenous, that I sampled tomatoes in more meals than you can ever imagine, in each country I visited in South America. Peru really had the most varied cuisine but I also ate tomatoes in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico. The only place I didn't get to eat them was in Tierra Del Fuego, which barely supports any life much less gardening, since its only 800 miles from Antarctica.
    I hope you will enjoy the many rare heirloom, unusual and classic tomato varieties I have to offer on this and my other tomato pages which are listed by color. Be sure to have a look at the Belarusian/Ukrainian/Russian Tomato page as well for more Red selections.


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click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ RED FIG TOMATO aka RED PEAR TOMATO ~
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Stop! Don't even grow any other cherry small type tomato ever again, this is it! This heirloom dates back to colonial times in America, and is perhaps America's oldest tomato. Diminutive 1 to 1/2 inch fruits are prolific beyond your wildest imagination! Back in the 1700s the fruits were often made into tomato figs, a sugary enhanced dried tomato often used in place of the more expensive and much rarer dried imported figs.

At any rate, this is a real crowd pleaser. Children adore them and they are sweet with great tomato-ey flavor packed into a small package. We call them Christmas bulbs at our house. So flavorful. Perfect for snacking right in the garden, they seldom make it to the kitchen. But they are super as dried tomatoes made in the oven, tossed on salads, you name it. And did I mention prolific? Hundreds and hundreds of fruits, no kidding. It keeps on pumping them out from very early summer to frost. It is a rather sprawling plant and I finally just gave up staking them and let them do their thing. Honestly, you probably only need one plant. So grow a piece of American history and enjoy perhaps the easiest and most fun to eat tomato there is.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ RICHARD TOMATO ~
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Local Lancaster County family heirloom. Richard was a resident of Manheim in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he lived and raised these blocky red beauties his whole life. When he passed away his daughter shared his beloved seeds with the Manheim FFA (Future Farmers of America) and that is where I acquired them. The plants didn't get all that tall and were fairly early. They produced the entire season, being just about my earliest fruit and maintaining slightly pear shaped red fruits consistently. Heavy, solid and suitable for sandwiches and salads, but the thick flesh was really great for cooking. Be the first to grow this delicious exclusive PA German heirloom where you live.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ FEDERLE TOMATO ~
Great for Cooking, Sauce and Salsa ~ West Virginia heirloom

Yet another of those strangely wonderful pointy paste types that I so cherish. Federle grew 7-inch plus long banana shaped red fruit. R. W. Richardson of New York introduced this variety in 1991. He had obtained the tomato through a seed swap with a gardener from West Virginia. This paste type had few seeds and full rich flavor that you treasure when you are making tomato sauce. It also suits itself well for salsa. Fruits weigh in at 7 to 10 oz (ounces). If you cook a lot then be sure to add Federle to your repertoire.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ LONDON GROVE TOMATO ~ Very RARE!

Heirloom Canning Paste Type -A very old and rare Quaker heirloom tomato from Chester County, PA. They are a nice, meaty red tomato with very few seeds. Just enough juiciness for flavor but cooks down well. Fruits grew all season long on short plants about 4-feet tall. Fantastic for canning and cooking. Fabulous flavor, a real gem. Fruits are 5-inches long.



Disease resistant old time heirloom canner type. Old Brooks has superior resistance to Blossom End Rot as well as Early and Late Blights. It is a great all around variety most suited for home canning due to its higher acidity. It produces scads of high quality uniform solid, red fruit that is sweet, juicy, and flavorful.It had full, complex, well-balanced, tangy flavors. It produces perfect, round beauties with very smooth blemish free skins-honestly, you just can't grow a consistently prettier tomato than Old Brooks. It has earned the nickname "old faithful". I know all of you who process your own tomatoes will love this one, plus it is great for sandwiches, salads, and slicing.



This tomato was developed and bred at the Beaverlodge Research Center in Alberta Canada. So it is one of the earliest maturing tomato varieties at 54 days from transplant. They are borne in clusters of 2-2 1/4 inch fruits on short compact plants. They never crack or split either. You can actually grow this in a hanging basket or a patio container. Although small, they have that full tomato taste you normally have in big beefsteak sized fruits. Nice rich, well balanced and just plain BIG flavor. Your first impression of this tomato is that you have more fruit than foliage! A great choice for cooler, northern climates, or anywhere you want really EARLY tomatoes. Fruits lend themselves well for fresh use on salads and sandwiches, canning, and salsa. I know you impatient gardeners are going to rejoice when you grow these fast growing, and early ripening tomatoes.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ AMOS COLI TOMATO ~ Mama Mia! Get out those spaghetti pots! ~ Huge sauce/cooking tomato

Mama Mia! If you like to cook up luscious tomato sauce in big batches, then this is the tomato for you. Amos Conti has very heavy and large fruit. And grows on very long vines and keeps it up all season long, although starting a bit later. But then again you need a bit more time to get fruit this big. MY official tomato taste tester, Dave D. had this to say: "Amos is not a miss but a hit"- get it?. He added, "Just a great paste tomato, the Italian world would kill for this tomato."

I got scads of fruit, heavy and huge - like 1/2-pound or more huge! Just amazing size and richness to boot. Very few seeds, and easy to peel as well. Doesn't that sound like the perfect paste sauce tomato to you?


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** ~ TATAR OF MONGOLISTAN ~

I just couldn't resist a tomato with a name like this! I'd had the seeds for several years and finally planted them this season. They have a convoluted history, first shared by Aziz Nael an Iraqi Seed collector who was living in Tours France. He acquired the seeds from a Peace Corps Volunteer from Yalta, Ukraine in 1994. But the trail goes cold before that. The plants were smallish and threw out many many medium sized red fruits that varied quite a bit in shape. The fleshy fruits were a nice combination of tart/sweet. The name relates vaguely to Ghengis Khan and his mongol hordes. I was fascinated by him as a child (go figure-it was my first "grown up" book that I waded through at age 8 and we named our Siamese cat after him by his real name Temujiin). At any rate this tomato is very productive and oblivious to any weather: cold, drought or searing heat. This is a survivor tomato for sure. So try it if for no other reason than the cool name!

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click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** VICTORIA TOMATO~ Rare Red tomato-Potato Leafed Tomato

I was send my original seeds of this rare tomato from my generous customer, R.B. It was a potato leafed plant on short plants. It produced nice red shiny fruit. They tended to be flattened and were very early. They threw out all their tomatoes early on and then stopped. I am thinking they are determinates which do all their fruit at once. That is a quality that many like for processing, to get them all in a done at once. Good flavor and firm. I kept thinking of my sweet stepsister named Victoria.


click to see fullsized photo**NEW FOR 2018** GREEK ASIMINA TOMATO ~ Scarce! Hard to Find!

The original seeds of "Greek Asimina" are another of the tomato seed gifts from a generous customer of mine, R.B. It pumped out shiny deep crimson red fruits from the beginning of the season to the bitter end, being one of the last to go. Purported to be a favorite of the great restaurant owner and chef Alice Waters. Its full bodied flavor lends itself well to slicing, salads, or cooked into sauce. Just a great all round tomato, unpresuming but really it "gets you" with its taste. A lot of people claim their tomatoes are gourmet quality, well, this one really is! A great bearer on not very large vines. I don't have any more history on this tomato other than it is from Greece. As the Greeks say "Yasou!" - to your health.

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click to see fullsized photo RED BRANDYWINE TOMATO ~Scarce Local PA 1889 Heirloom~

I am totally amazed at the extensive history and information that Amy Goldman's new book, The Heirloom Tomato, gives for so many rare tomatoes. I have tried for years to find more history and now, after 5 years hard work, she gives it and in so much detail. She devotes 2 entire pages to the "Red Brandywine" tomato. One with extensive history and a truly spectacular photo on entire facing page. At any rate, I will condense a bit of the most pertinent information. I highly recommend anyone who is into tomatoes to purchase this fine tome. It is without a doubt the best gardening book I have ever read, after William Woys Weaver's (out of print) Heirloom Vegetable Gardening. "Red Brandywine" or "No. 45" as they called it, was introduced in 1889 by Johnson & Stokes, Philadelphia, PA. It was named after the Brandywine Creek, on the suggestion of a friend and grower, Thomas H. Brinton of Chadd's Ford, Chester County, PA. The incredibly long list of synonyms for "Red Brandywine" that Amy Goldman gives attests to its high regard and popularity right from the beginning. For much more detail on this tomato please turn to pages 106-107 in her new book.

Well, we all know how wonderful the Brandywines are and this is another winner in another color. Unlike the other colors of Brandywine this has regular leafed foliage, not potato leafed. It is not, as many believe, an Amish Heirloom. This is the taste we crave in tomatoes: mellow, creamy, rich, and sweet. The absolutely perfect balance of sugar and acid. It is rumored to have been saved from extinction by the late, great tomato collector Ben Quisenberry. The fruit are blemish and crack free for a beefsteak. I have gotten a lot of ranges in size from 8 ounces or more to 3/4 of a pound. If you are a Brandywine lover, (and I believe we all are) then you must add this to your collection. Of all the Brandywine Varieties I have gown this is the most consistently prolific.

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click to see fullsized photo GLICKS 18 MENNONITE TOMATO Genuine Mennonite Heirloom~ Scarce~

I got my original seeds in a seed trade after I put the word out that I am always looking for genuine Amish and Mennonite (religious sect similar to Amish) Heirlooms. I don't have much history on this one. I did find out that I.N. Glick started Glick’s Seeds at Smoketown, Pa, near where I live and his seeds were from local sources. This was a pleasant surprise, a nice extremely prolific tomato that out produced just about any other tomato in my gardens. I had scores of perfect, firm, round midsized 10-12 ounce tomatoes of that peculiar orangeish red that you hardly see anymore. I believe this may have been a canner sort as these had more tartness or acid than most these days, and were quite juicy. Just a great all round tomato that kept on pumping out flawless fruit thru thick and thin and never stopped. I yanked the darn plants out still producing in mid November!

If you want lots of tomatoes, especially for canning, juicing and processing, then this is the one for you. Get this great old Mennonite heirloom, don't bother with those so called improved new tomatoes out there. I was giving these away by the boatloads. You can't go wrong with this old fashioned beauty. My friend Mike L. up in Vermont is always asking me for "tawt (tart in Vermontese) tomatoes." Mike, this one is for you!

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click to see fullsized photo~BETALUX TOMATO ~ PERFECT FOR CONTAINERS!

This a very early Polish variety that is a extremely small plant and quite sturdy. Grows only less than 2 feet high, so it is just perfect for growing in containers. It does not need to be tied up or staked at all! Betalux throws out many 3 to 5 oz. fruits basically right off of the stem, with no branches. You will get a lot of fruit in a very compact space. Potato Leaf foliage. Perfectly smooth and without blemishes. So sweet the mice preferred eating them to all others! Good strong flavor for such an early tomato. Suitable for cooking in sauces, canning or as a paste tomato. The Polish really got it right with this great little tomato plant. So, as they say in Poland "NA ZDROWIE!"which means "To life!" or "to your health".


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CUOSTRALEE TOMATO ~( aka often mispelled Coustralee )
~ Monster French Heirloom ! ~

click to see fullsized photoARARAT FLAMED TOMATO ~aka ARARAT GEFLAMMTE ( in German)~
VERY RARE! Limited Quantity Of Seeds ~Order Early ! ~

This very rare tomato hails from Debrecen, Hungary with the possibility of originating in Armenia in the region of Mount Ararat. Originally sourced from Gerhard Bohl, who said that "it grows at the foot of the mountain." Fruits were tangy yet sweet and juicy. The small 4-5 oz fruit was loaded all over the short , bushy ,determinate plants, growing on tresses. Always blemish free and unlike many smallish tomatoes these clung to the vine and did not fall off. FAirly early to open at 67-75 days from transplant. Beautiful red with slight hint of orange highlights which did not show up in my photo. I suppose this is the reference to the "flamed"? Ararat Flamed tomato would be super for market growers as it has great taste plus firmness and great keeping ability. Be the first to scale the mountain of great taste and grow out this special beauty.


click to see fullsized photoGILBERTIE PASTE TOMATO

Beloved in the North for sauces, this is another of those long type paste tomatoes that just overreach in flavor. Very Early (I had my first ripe fruit on July 12) and kept up till hard frost. Solid rich red flesh, with virtually no seeds! Most of the fruit was about 6-inches long. Borne on rather short vines about 4 feet tall at most. Gilbertie Paste just makes a perfect tomato sauce. And I should know as I grow out (and cook with over 15 kinds of cooking/paste types. I believe I am only one of two commercial sources of this special heirloom tomato. Due to the very tiny amount of seeds I can only put in smaller amounts per pack.


click to see fullsized photo ROSSO SICILIAN TOMATO ~Scads of Pretty Scalloped Fruit! ~

Trust the Sicilians, to come up with a perfectly beautiful tomato that tastes super too. Somewhat hollow so you can stuff them and have them present so prettily on a tray like a caterer would. I like them filled with a soft spreadable cheese filling and tiny chips of sweet peppers on top. Just get creative. The rich tomato flavor will come through. These compact 5-oz. shiny temptations were first grown in the USA by Ann Fuller of Mitchell, Indiana, who received seed from a Sicilian man in 1987. Rosso Sicilian kept pumping out perfect ruffled bright intense red fruit all season long right up the very bitter end in October when I ripped out the still producing plants. Most of the tomatoes were borne on fully loaded tresses of fruit. What you see in this photo in the bowl is just one tress! Prolific isn't even the word. Just say "Buon Appetito" and eat healthy to your heart's content.

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click to see fullsized photoBACK FOR 2018! STRAWBERRY MARGARITA TOMATO ~

I got my original seeds from my late, great, tomato collector friend, Norwood Meiners. He got his seed stock from his tomato collector buddy Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois. Neil got his original seeds via from Brian Sanders, Midwest City, Oklahoma, who received this variety from Jesus Carpio of Durango, Mexico. So this stupendous tomato has really travelled a lot. Norwood highly recommended Strawberry Margarita tomato and now that I have grown it out, I know why. Just a fabulous large beefsteak type. It has outstanding and complex flavor! Very pretty brilliant shiny red fruits. Most were ruffled but some were much smoother. There was a fair amount of variance in size and shape even on one plant. Very meaty and juicy and just great to make salsa. And salsa is so appropriate considering its Mexican origins. The fruits got bigger as the season progressed, starting out in the 10 ounce range and getting in the 1 pound or more sizes later on. Yep, I say get out your tequila, make some super salsa and toast this great Mexican heirloom!

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click to see fullsized photo "LARGE RED" - SHAKER TOMATO
~ RARE Historic Tomato ~ Limited Quantity Order early !

This pre-1830 variety was documented as being grown in Hancock, Mass., by the Shakers in the 1830's. Prior to the Civil War, "Large Red" was one of the most favored tomato varieties in the U.S. In 1865, Fearing Burr mentions this tomato in Field and Garden Vegetables in America. I really can't improve on his description so I will quote him verbatim here: "Fruit sometimes smooth, often irregular,flattened,, more or less ribbed: size large....well grown specimens are from 3 to 4 inches in diameter, 2-1/2 inches in depth and weigh from 8 to 12 ounces: skin smooth, glossy and when ripe of a fine red color: flesh pale red or rose color, the interior of the fruit being comparatively well filled: flavor good.

Not early but one of the most productive of the varieties: the plant, when properly treated, producing from 12 to 15 pounds each. From the time of the introduction of the tomato to general use in this country, the "Large Red" was almost the only kind cultivated, or even commonly known."

The taste is terrific - with that perfect mix of sweet flavors along with that old-fashioned acidic 'tang'. Good for for slicing fresh for sandwiches or salads. This isn't large by today's standards, but it was considerably larger than earlier tomatoes of that time period, which were mostly cherry sized. "Large Red" Shaker is must-grow tomato for the historical garden and museums. Be the first to grow this historic tomato where you live, and definitely plant it for any period living history museum demonstration gardens.

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click to see fullsized photoclick to see fullsized photo ABRAHAM LINCOLN TOMATO

If you want that old fashioned red 'mater you remember from your Grandpa's garden this one is for you. It was one of the earliest to ripen and it put out perfect fruit all season - relentlessly! When I say perfect, I mean no spots, no catfacing, no cracks, just pure heavy, solid red 1/2 to 3/4 lb (pound) fruit. It was that ever so slightly orangey red color with that perfect old fashioned taste you all remember. They held up well on the vine and were just plain smothered in tomatoes. Classic old time flavor, with medium acidity with a nice "bite." One of the last to go, in fact I pulled up the still producing plants in late October. In the one photo that was just one morning's picking. I can't say enough good things about this tomato that everyone should have in their garden. You can truly depend on this one all season long ! Just had so many fruits that I can offer my largest seed quantity per pack ever for you.

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click to see fullsized photo~ NEPAL TOMATO~ Likes The Cold!~

Back in the spring of 1970 when I was in northern India in Calcutta, a city meant to visited so you will never complain about anything every again in your life, it is that full of heart wrenching sadness. So I needed to escape to see beauty once again. I got the poetic notion to go see the sun rise over Mount Everest on Easter morning. That is easier said than done but I took the long train ride to Katmandu in Nepal. At that time Katmandu was the "THE" destination for all younger travellers like myself. But I had a mission, I needed to get to the higher Himalayas for my vision quest. I went as far as the buses would go and then trekked further until I saw a Tibetan Buddhist temple in the distance. I headed there not understanding that women are not allowed, but I quickly stuffed my long hair in a cap, and dressed in hiking boots, down parka and jeans I easily passed for a young man. It was a Buddhist religious holiday and there were colorful ceremonial dances and much mystic music. The monks blow on huge long horns, chant and play monster drums. I have never before or since heard anything like it. It sounded like both the end and the beginning of the world. I was able to camp there a few days and did indeed see the sun rise over Mount Everest. But, I must tell you, in these expansive high Himalayan ranges, it is only a tiny "blip" higher than the rest of the fearsome, towering mountains. When I was living in Kashmir I could see K-2, the worlds second highest mountain every single clear day, and again, it was just a tiny bump higher than the rest of range.

Nepal Tomato is purported to hail from the Himalayas, so you can certainly understand I just had to grow it. I was not disappointed. It had a wonderful rich, old fashioned flavor with that perfect acid - sugar balance. Weighing mostly 1/2 pound to 10 ounces, these are medium-large, bright crimson fruits. They have that elusive high-quality, intense tomato flavor that we all remember and want. As an added bonus these are very cold tolerant and were still happy in late October in my gardens. It is said that they are good "keepers" and can be wrapped in paper to ripen later on in the winter indoors, although I did not try this. Try Nepal and enjoy tomatoes way later than you are used to. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo ~ EUGENE DOOCHOV TOMATO ~ ONLY USA SOURCE!

In 2012 I received the most fabulous surprise. In a large padded envelope was a gift of many seeds from Ruslan Doochov (as he spelled it in his letter -evidently it is also spelled Dukhov when translated). He enclosed a rather badly Google translated letter with his all his breeding history and credentials and a personal note to ask me to grow them.I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Also in the package were his own photos of the tomatoes he enclosed.

This tomato is from seeds in that package that I did not have time to grow in 2012, so I grew these out this 2013 season.

This was a most unusual oxheart type. It is shaped just like a top but also had ridges which I have never seen on any heart shaped tomatoes. Just the prettiest, strangely colored reddish fruit. It was fairly early, and quite meaty with few seeds, as is common with oxheart types. Juicy and solid with a nice balance of sweet and tart for an old fashioned taste. Like many of the Ukrainian tomatoes, they were borne on rather short, spindly vines that were barely able to hold up the heavy fruit. The Eugene Tomato weighed in about 1/2 pound to 3/4 of a pound. To the best of my knowledge I am the only commerical source in the USA.

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click to see fullsized photo~CHINESE VELVET (RUSSIAN) TOMATO~ (Kitaiskiy Oksamitoviy in Russian)

This is a real "show off" tomato. If you want to entrance children or have bragging rights in the tomato patch, this is the tomato for you. The plants have fuzzy foliage and leaves and are covered in silvery "hairs," not unlike those fluffy, dear to everyone's heart, "lambs ears" (Stachys byzantina). However, the click to see fullsized photored fruits were covered in, get this, not silver fuzz but GOLDEN FUZZ! This is even though the vine had silver hairs covering the entire plant. Sorry, I could not get this golden color to show up in the photos no matter how many pictures I took. But, believe me when I say they really are golden. Like many of my rare and exclusive Russian and Ukrainian tomato varieties, I got my original seed to this from my great Ukrainian gardener friend, Lydmilla.The fruits were golfball sized for the most part and good keepers. They did not crack, catface or get spots. They just shimmered so prettily on their equally lovely and showy silver vines. To the best of my knowledge I am the only commercial source of this rare tomato in the USA.

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click to see fullsized photo~ PRUE TOMATO ~ VERY RARE!~ VERY LIMITED SUPPLIES ~ ORDER EARLY !~

If you are from New York when you love something you say "dis is da bomb!." That's what you will say after one bite of these "bomb shaped" beauties. A sweet, intense flavor highly lauded by those who taste it and I mean everyone. If you've never tasted a Prue tomato, it can be surprising, almost jarring, but in a good way. There is no other word to say it but intense flavor, an overwhelming-ness that is so hard to pinpoint or describe.

This tomato is a family heirloom from Tom Gallucci of Connecticut. The seeds came from Tom’s ex-wife’s grandfather, Mr. Prue. Mr Prue was from Massachusetts and grew these wonderfully strange tomatoes in the 1930’s and 40’s. The wispy vines have sparse foliage with a peculiar, droopy, "wilty-looking" appearance which makes you think it is not a happy plant. But that genetically is what it does with no detriment to the fruit. Prue sends out fruit in all different sizes, starting out pretty small at first and then gaining momentum in mid season and then once again getting smaller in late season. Most of the fruits were in the 4 to 12 ounce range. And just when you thought they couldn't get any weirder, they also have a bump or "nipple" at the blossom end of the fruit. This isn't just one of those tomatoes you want to show off for its strangeness. Oh no, it's the exquisite taste that will entice you will grow this tomato, trust me.)
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click to see fullsized photo~NORWOOD'S LOUISIANA RED TOMATO~ Family Heirloom ~ Only Source!

I've often referred on my website to my "southern seed saving friend." He was Norwood Meiners. He passed away 2 years ago and the world lost one of its most talented and eccentric fellows. Norwood was born and bred in rural Louisiana but went on to get a University education. But his love of all things historic was what made him so fascinating. He could shoot a deer with a homemade bow (or a black powder antique long rifle). He'd then skin and gut it and proceed to tan the hide the old fashioned way using the deer brains. He then sewed the most exquisite and authentic buckskin outfits, and hand painted and beaded them, too. For example, his amazing collection of antique trade beads was one of the best in the country. There was pretty much nothing he hadn't mastered from the outdoor life of the late 1700's to the mid 1800's. He demonstrated all these skills at many a rendevous, the term used for historic encampments usually of the period of the War of 1812. He was as modest as he was talented. And only those who knew him from this lifestyle had any idea this quiet, mild mannered southern gentleman had this side.

I met him through my seeds and over the years he graciously shared many rare and impossible-to-find seeds, mostly tomatoes. His personal tomato seed collection consisted of more than 350 kinds. Norwood also was a great naturalist and traveller. Even later on when he was legally blind and in failing health he was still travelling. His last big adventure was to the rain forests of Costa Rica. And that man could charm anyone, anywhere and brought me back rare seeds and such grand stories (like how he smuggled seeds inside his RX bottles rattling around with his pills. He swore that customs never searched a blind man!)

I remember that he used to hang out with Aaron Neville of the Neville Brothers, a Louisiana legend and my absolutely favorite male singer. But Norwood didn't know anything like that, and had never even heard of his music. But he sure liked it when Aaron would pick him up and they'd cruise in his gold cadillac convertible and hang out with his friends. They would head on over to what Norwood referred to as "the House of Gout," an all-you-can-eat seafood place. By this time, he was blind. One time Aaron introduced him to a man in the back seat as Fats Domino, and Norwood was sure his leg was being pulled. He asked the man to sing his famous "Blueberry Hill". When he belted it out then Norwood was a believer!

This was his family's heirloom tomato from his Grandfather. Medium to large sized, deep red and full of old fashioned tomato flavor, "Louisiana Red" won't disappoint. If you live in the hot, humid south this one should really produce for you. But even here in Amishland it was a happy camper. Be sure to try this great old time tomato. As Norwood would say:  "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" (let the good times roll!)

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click to see fullsized photo click to see fullsized photo GOLDMANS' ITALIAN-AMERICAN TOMATO~
Maybe the Best Paste Tomato of All!

I have heard wondrous stories about this heirloom tomato and finally grew it out this season. Mama Mia! What a stupendous cooking tomato!! This heirloom comes from Dr. Amy Goldman, author of the best tomato book in the world "The Heirloom Tomato" which I make reference to all over my website. She describes it on page 130 of  her book, as "voluptuous, red-ribbed, and very heavy in the hips. "The original tomato was discovered by her at a roadside grocery near Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy in 1999. Dr. Goldman named it after her father's Brooklyn grocery store. She refers to it in Italian as  "Poma amoris fructu rubro" which I loosely translate as "red love apple fruit." There just doesn't seem to enough superlatives to use for this monster pear shaped beauty. It is way beyond richly flavored and cooks down to make the thickest sauces ever. Juicy and meaty and unlike those puny other tomatoes usually used for tomato sauce, these fruits are huge and heavy.

My friend, "Tomato Queen" Laurel says on her tomato plant website ".. it makes silky sauce, creamy paste and adds magic to soups and stews." Check out her site. She uses many of my rare seeds to grow out her plants.

Weighing in at nearly a pound each you won't need many for your cooking needs. But guess what? This is one prolific plant-just a pasta tomato machine! It kept on pumping out these sultry curvatious beauties all season long. It was one of my earliest plants and one of the last to stop. I had fruit up until late September in my Amishland garden

Not to brag (but, ok, I will) I made sublime "Nevada Style Chile" using these Goldman's Italian-American Tomatoes in my own baked tomato sauce recipe as the base (see recipe section on my website). So if you are the kind of gardener who makes all their own tomato or spaghetti sauce this tomato is for you! But it is still a great eating out of hand tomato as well, you don't have to cook it to enjoy it. I have vowed never to have a garden without "Goldman's Italian-American Tomato" ever again! So, serve your fantastically rich tomato sauce and toast your friends and family "Cent'anni" (A hundred years of good health). INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo NICHOLAS DOOCHOV TOMATO~ Unique BEEFSTEAK sized tomato From the Ukraine~

Last march I received the most fabulous surprise.In a large padded envelope was a gift of many seeds from Ukrainian tomato breeder, Ruslan Doochov (as he spelled it in his letter -evidently it is also spelled Dukhov when translated). He enclosed a rather badly Google translated letter with his all his breeding history and credentials and a personal note to ask me to grow them. He said on his homemade packet: "Nicholas Doochov, is named in honor of my father who taught me to grow tomatoes."

I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Also in the package were his own photos of the tomatoes he enclosed.

I immediately started these precious gift seeds even though it was late march, way late in the season to start tomatoes in Pennsylvania. I certainly shouldn't have worried, as like most of the tomatoes from the Ukrainian area, they are super fast growers and can take many hardships. This and his other tomatoes positively jumpstarted and was able to catch up to the plants started 6-8 weeks earlier! I never saw such speedy growth.For such a large fruited tomato it caught up to the other beefsteak types I was growing despite the lag time.

The fruits were all around half a pound. No cracks, no catfacing, just nice deep red, round fruits. Ok, you know it is another great example of Ruslan Doochov's breeding work, and his own tribute to his father, but how about taste? That's  always the clincher.Classic old fashioned flavor like you remember when you were young before all those awful hybrids took over the tomato seed trade. Just the right balance of yum!

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only commmercial source of these rare tomatoes in the United States. Be sure to look for the rest of  Doochov's tomatoes: Vernissage Green, Yellow, Black and Pink, and PEPPER TOMATO DOOCHOVA each listed on the pages on my website for those colors of tomatoes as well as here on the "Belarusian/Russian/Ukrainian tomato page."
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click to see fullsized photo SLAVIC MASTERPIECE TOMATO- Translated from the Russian -Slavyanskiy Shedevr- Scarce Red Russian Tomato- Only one of two USA commercial seed sources.

I got my original seeds for this rare Russian tomato from my dearly departed friend Norwood M. whom I have previously referred to on this website as "my southern seed collector friend". Norwood was one of the most passionate gardeners and seed savers it has been my privilege to know. He had saved seeds of over 350 kinds of tomatoes! And that is just the tomatoes. He had seeds of just about every edible plant. He was friends with and traded seeds with some of the most famous names in tomatoes including the legendary Ben Quissenberry. He was always on the lookout for seeds for my little company, especially Amish, Mennonite and Pennsylvania German varieties. The seed of the legendary "Purple Dog Creek Tomato" came from him. Since he lived in zone 9 he usually didn't try to grow any Russian sorts.
       Upon his passing about 2 years ago, his sister sent along a few of his precious seeds to me and his young seed protege, Alex. "Slavic Masterpiece" was definitely one of the winners. Unfortunately, most of his seed collection was lost. That is a just a huge tragic loss to posterity and the seed saving community. I feel fortunate to be continuing some of his seeds.
       I was able to trace this rare variety as being sent to America about 10+ years ago by Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus. Andrey has in the past provided me with seeds to many great tomatoes like the wonderful "Tsygan." But "Slavic masterpiece" came to me via Norwood's collection. The sturdy plants grew about 5 feet tall and were covered with fruits. Strangely, the fruits varied quite a bit in size even on one plant! Nice 4-6 oz. (ounce) fruits were a good bright red color. The taste was evenly balanced between sweet and tart and juicy. Very vigorous growers- they just kept pumping out tomatoes all season long. This was one of the last to die in the hard frost in October. Just a good workhorse tomato suitable for just about anyone's garden. Easy to grow and lots of great salad and fresh out of hand chomping. To the best of my knowledge I am only one of 2 USA commercial seed sources of this great medium sized red tomato


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click to see fullsized photo BOX CAR WILLIE TOMATO~ This red tomato was thought to have been named after the singer Boxcar Willie of the Grand Ole Opry, who's real name was Lecil Travis Martin. But another source says these were a popular tomato during The Great Depression. He claims they were named after the many hobo rail riders of the day, not a specific person (and not the singer of later years). When I was a kid in the 50s, I found a hobo camp by the rails near my home and was just fascinated with these train travellers. I hung out with them as much as I dared (my mom would have tanned my hide if she ever found out). I filched food for them and came every day and listened to all their tall tales. Gone are those days!
     All I know for sure is that my fellow gardeners have complained that I don't sell many red tomatoes, so here is a very good, special one that I grew for you. With just enough of that old time acidic (tart) flavor you remember from your grandma's garden, this is the just the best of the old time reds. Produces a huge and prolific crop over a very long season. Very juicy and sweet and has good disease resistance as well. Box car willie is what they used to call a "main crop" type of tomato because it could always be relied upon to produce, no matter what. Fruits are 10 oz to 1 pound, kinda orangeish red, and multi use. You may can them, cook with them, or use them for fresh eating. (Remember the tomato sandwich of your childhood? Just plain ole' white bread, probably Wonder bread, altho my mom swore by Pepperidge Farm white, lots of Hellman's mayo and thick slices of red 'maters with maybe a touch of salt- that's it.) So, get your Box Car WillieTomato seeds and soon you'll be singing too!
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click to see fullsized photo TOGO KARA AFRICAN TOMATO~ Exclusive !~Rare~

A. R. of South Africa wrote to me that he was sending me seeds for several African Tomatoes as part of a seed trade. He wanted some of my rare eggplants. Here is what he wrote me when I asked for more information on those tomatoes:
     "I am afraid I have very little info on tomatoes. I collected them from tomatoes bought along the road apart from the Kara, Togo, one which was from a lady at the market who sold some seeds as well as fresh veg. My friend Noeksie is visiting the highest point in each African country and we spent an amazing 3 months in West Africa last year going from mountain to mountain. The seeds come from the most interesting & tasty tomatoes bought for lunch along the way. Going on past experience of seeds collected this way, plants will be very variable; seeds collected from delicious medium tomatoes in Malawi grew out as prolific cherry toms. Along all the fields there grew little ocal tomatoes, so I guess they crossed! Hope they grow wonderfully for you over there., I remember reading somewhere that you enjoyed African tomatoes.
Tjeers (note: his spelling of "cheers"), Al"
    He originally sent me several different kinds (from Liberia, Cameroon, Mauretania, Ghana and Togo) but only about 5 or 6 seeds of each, and unfortunately the germination was poor and I was only able to get fruit from 2 varieties. This was especially excting because despite all my travels to over 8 countries in Africa, I had not yet visited any of these countries. What a wonderful adventure he must have had!
    This, the "Togo Kara," did exhibit the variations he mentioned. I got some with round fruits and some with more egg-shaped fruits. The photo pictured here is of the later, more egg shaped ones. I guess I didn't get a pic of the round ones after all, they came in earlier. At any rate, any African tomato is rare here in the USA and now you will have a chance to grow some yourself. Flavor was very strong and juicy. These had thick skins and held up well. If you are as curious as I am, please click on this helpful wikipedia link for more information about Togo. Please be sure to see my other rare, exclusive African tomato, "Ghana Laiti Wote" on the Pink Tomato page.

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click to see fullsized photo THESSALONIKI GREEK TOMATO~ YASSOU!

Ok, Ok, I am finally convinced that there is a good tasting red tomato after all! As you know, I am very inclined towards the big pinks and striped tomatoes, but this year I finally grew out "Thessaloniki". I actually chose it as a gift (ok, some fruits that is) for my Greek-American friend, Stella. I never expected it to be this great, prolific, disease resistant and super tasting. I adore Greece and have visited several times. It was one of the few places that Daddy also visited (on his own, not with me) and we had an ongoing contest on who knew more Greek ancient history and who visited more temples, etc. He won, by the way, but then again, he was on a special tour for that reason alone. He also won for Turkey and Egypt, but he had way deeper pockets! So, I have a special place in my heart for Greece.
    Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. It was once the capital of the Byzantine Empire. "Thessaloniki Tomato" was developed in 1957 by the Ministry of Agriculture Experimental Farm in Greece and released later in the 1950’s by Glecklers Seedsmen of Ohio. This Greek tomato has a wonderfully earthy, salty taste. I bet this is the kind of tomato I first tasted in Athens when I discovered tomatoes that tasted sublime and not like the American supermarket, tasteless ones. That was a revelation to me and changed my life forever. The mild, sweet flesh turns from sunset hues to a deep red. Fruits are 6 to 10 oz (ounces) and just perfect. And did I mention juicy? Yes, all that and more. So, raise up your cup of wine (or ouzo) and toast YASSOU! to the "Thessaloniki" Tomato. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo **BACK FOR 2018** OPALKA POLISH PASTE TOMATO aka POLISH TORPEDO~
Just the best cooking type!

I had heard so many good things over the years about this heirloom tomato I finally decided to give it a try. Wow, wow, wow! Even better than I expected, Super rich and sweet, just the ultimate cooking and paste tomato.I just wouldn't make tomato sauce without Opalka. Who knew the Poles liked pasta, eh? Brought to Amsterdam, NY, around 1900 by the Opalka family. The meaty, sweet taste and the way it grows in clusters of 3" by 5" pointy tomatoes keeps everyone coming back year after year. My fruits were dense and heavy with few seeds, weighing in about 9 oz to 11 oz (ounces). Someone described this as "bull's horn shaped" and it truly is, with a big point on the end. Good for cooking, fresh eating, canning and even drying. So I will celebrate this great tomato and say NA ZDROWIE! ("To life!" or "to your health")

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click to see fullsized photo ~ST. PIERRE HEIRLOOM FRENCH TOMATO~ Very Early and Prolific! ~

My late Aunt Mignon (mignon means darling) lived in France for years. She spoke flawless French and taught me to speak French starting at age 4-1/2. She was an accomplished cook and probably one of the first Americans to buy and easily use Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. (if you want to know even more about the irrepressible Julia Child, I highly suggest you read her delightful memoir, My Life in France.) My Aunt Mignon used to take me into her custom kitchen and teach me the "tricks" like how to make a perfect omelet. Like Julia Child she was over 6 feet tall, so her counter tops, cabinets and range were built much higher. She would have loved this 8 to 10 oz (ounce) red French beauty. In fact, I am quite sure she had eaten and cooked with it as this is considered the quintessential, traditional tomato at French markets. So I had to grow it, too. St. Pierre was the second earliest of my tomatoes this season (this photo was of later larger fruit, taken on August 2) and it just kept on pumping out deep red, perfect, tender and juicy fruits all the way through late October. All I can say is "Vive la France" for producing such a great tomato. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photoPLATE DE HAITI TOMATO aka HISPANIOLA TOMATO - (Lycopersicon esculentum) SUPER RARE- Only 1 of 2 USA Seed Sources-

This is a super rare tomato that dates back to the 1500's. I found only a little history on this tomato. Evidently it has been raised in Haiti since the Conquistadores brought it from South America. When the Creole people of the French colonies fled the slave uprisings is when it travelled to North America. This little cherry sized tomato has a flavor that is distinctly complex, subtle but still freshly fruity. Truly sublime for such a small little morsel. Growing on long 6-8 foot vines it keeps producing scads of 2-1/2 inch fruits all season long. It is still full of ripe fruit now, as I write this on October 14. The meaty interior of the fruits are quite juicy. The color is a rich vermillion red and just glows on the vines in clusters of 6 to 8 little orbs. Be the first where you live to grow the rich, rare Plate de Haiti. You won't be disappointed. My friend who is a market gardener loved these and plans on selling them at his stands. To the best of my knowledge, I am only one of 2 commercial seeds sources of this fabulous, ancient heirloom. 10 of my own fresh organically raised seeds.

click to see fullsized photo **BACK FOR 2018** AMISH PASTE TOMATO - Genuine PA Amish Heirloom ~ Bigger and Better fruits this year!- Increased Seed amounts !

This is an heirloom tomato discovered in an Amish community in Wisconsin but originally from the Pennsylvania Amish. This is the one that wins nearly every taste test! Prized for its meatiness and coreless interior. It is sweet and juicy and everything nice. Great tomato flavor and can be used as a sauce tomato (or pasta tomato as my friend Tim calls them) but also just super eaten in hand. Amish Paste is a real all purpose tomato and possesses that perfect duality of sweet and acid. Many seed savers regard this one as the ultimate paste tomato of all. Usually Weighing in at 8-10 ounces, this year they sized up to nearly double that and were even more prolific as well. Just world class flavor that was once hidden away in a small Amish community. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo CUOR DI BUE TOMATO Hard To Find-Scarce in the USA

The name translates from Italian as Beef heart or Oxheart. This is a somewhat rare heirloom from Italy. But it is really not a typical oxheart shape. It looks to me more like a red bag of money tied up at the top. The Cuor di Bue is certainly an unusually shaped tomato and consistently prolific as well. It was my earliest tomato to ripen and it kept on going until the very end of summer. The fruits weighed about 12 ounces. It seemed to really like the early cooler weather best and I am willing to bet it will be a good choice for northern and cooler climates. But even here in my Pennsylvania Zone 6A garden, in the hottest summer in many a year, it did very well. It is so meaty and super sweet and very rich tasting. It made an excellent slicer. But also a good sauce type. I used it with huge success in my famous baked tomato sauce (see my recipe section) as well. Just a great new discovery for me. And it sure beat out most others in my yearly tomato taste tests. I am sure you will be oh so pleased with it as well. Give this bighearted tomato a try! INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo**BACK FOR 2018** RIESENTRAUBE TOMATO - (sometimes spelled "Reisenstraube”) Heirloom Grape Type Tomato -

I have always loved this great (formerly East) German heirloom tomato and hadn't grown it out in a few years, so I tried it again this season. How could I have forgotten how fantastic this little baby is? Riesentraube is documented to have been offered for sale in Philadelphia, PA, in the mid 19th century. William Woys Weaver, the foodways expert and author says it also may have been grown by the Pennsylvania Dutch (Pennsylvania Germans) as early as 1855. The evocative German name "Riesentraube" translates literally as "giant grape," but what is surely meant is "Giant Bunch of Grapes." That is truly what these trellised fruits really look like.

Riesentraube has the unique feature of the huge quantity of flowers produced per cluster (up to 350 flowers!). So it is truly decorative even earlier in the season. These crimson, cherry-sized tomatoes weigh approximately 3/4 oz. and are about 1-1/2 by 1-1/4 inches in size. You may get as many 50 or more little fruits per spray! Absolutely no other tomato fruit in the world looks like this one. They have a very strange, for lack of a better word, “nipple" shape on the end. Nice full, somewhat lemony flavor, more like a larger beefsteak taste. It doesn't get any better for snacking or salads. Prolific doesn't even begin to describe how many fruit you get per vine. You will need only one plant! An excellent choice for market gardeners as well, for the grape tomato market, much more flavorful than what is usually offered, and travels well. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo VARIEGATED TOMATO aka SPLASH OF CREAM aka IRISH CREME AND GREEN ~ white and green striped leaves! - This is an outstanding show-off tomato! Imagine- leaves in green with lots of swirls of white. This is the only growing true from seed tomato with variegated leaves. It hails from Ireland, hence the Irish Creme name. I guarantee it will be the talk of the town wherever you grow it. One visitor likened it to looking at a Christmas tree with snow and ornaments. The golf ball sized red fruit are very like pretty round ornaments set off by the breathtaking stripey foliage. You will be astonished by the plant even before it bears fruit. For once waiting for the fruit to come isn't so hard to bear. I was amazed at how prolific the fruit was as well. I had planted it in the corner climbing up the fence and it was pretty enough to be in a flower garden, I swear. The cooler the weather (think Ireland) the more variegation shows up on the leaves. Since this was an unseasonably cool summer here it did show off its unusual beauty extremely well. It even shows the white on the leaves in tiny seedlings right off the bat. My tomato buddy N.M., (whom I got my original seeds from), had some real silly fun with his plants. He brought the branches into his local agricultural extension office and demanded to know what was going on. They were totally stumped, needless to say. So, have some fun, and some bragging rights and grow this Irish beauty for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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click to see fullsized photo AMISH CANNER TOMATO

Here is another great tomato I got in a tomato trade with N.M. my southern tomato collector friend. When I told him I was especially interested in genuine Amish and Mennonite heirlooms, he came up with the original seeds of this super tomato. When we say canner, the operative word here is slightly acidic (or "tart”) for best and SAFEST canning quality. Also, you need prolific harvests of perfect tomatoes all the same size. Well, this one has it all. A good old fashioned "tomatoey" taste, great attributes for canning and preserving as well as all purpose fruit. You can happily eat this one out of hand, cook with it, and use it in salads as well as for canning of course. Perfect orbs of red fruit, no cracking and great disease resistance as well. I can't recommend a better processing fruit than “Amish Canner." This summer in the record breaking heat the fruit got larger than usual. INCREASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo TESS'S LAND RACE CURRANT TOMATO- Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium - If Fairies grew tomatoes (and who is to say they don't?) this would be what they would look like. They were strangely appealing to wildlife I noticed, or were those tiny bites I saw from the Fairies after all? Teeny, tiny wee little fruits grow on many, many clusters or sprays on long vines that tumble all over your fence (the best way to grow them). Plus you get several pretty colors: mostly dark crimson red, some pink and some golden. The Currants are a different kind of tomato, and usually tend to fall off the vine, but not these babies. They stayed tightly on and were perfect for cutting in little bouquets of fruit to use as garnishes or to give to your children for the perfect healthy snack. Market gardeners and chefs will appreciate this cut spray quality too. Brett Grohsgal of Evenstar Organic Farm on Maryland's southern shore did the breeding work. Deep, intense flavor is the bonus for all this superbly attractive cuteness.
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click to see fullsized photo "CHALK'S EARLY JEWEL" RED TOMATO

60 days in Zone 6A- This was a super very early tomato that grows 3 to 5 fruits to a cluster or spray. Short stature makes this one good for small gardens. It was the earliest to ripen in my garden this season even overtaking the proverbially early Russian sorts. It also kept up all season long producing its perfect deep, red crimson, 3 to 4 inch round fruits. Also, one of the last of my tomatoes to keep producing this cold dry summer here in Amishland. James Chalk of Norristown, Pennsylvania developed this tomato in 1899 as a cross between "Hubbard's Curled Leaf" and 'Perfection". It was commercially introduced in 1904 by the Stokes Company. When ripe it has a tender buttery texture, just bring your salt shaker to your garden! A hint of spiciness with some acidity gives it its remarkable flavor. William Woys Weaver, famous foodways author, likes this tomato with steamed crab. This is one of the few great tomatoes listed in the "Slow Food USA Ark of Taste." To my knowledge, I am one of the only commercial sources of this tomato in the USA.

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click to see fullsized photo RED POTATO LEAF TOMATO

I don't have much information about this tomato since it was not as labeled. This was supposed to be the “Amish Canner” and was in those seeds. This often happens with seed trades, some of the seeds in the pack show up as a different variety altogether. But this was just so wonderful and prolific (did I say prolific? It was just outstanding, and I only had 2 plants!) I just had to share it with you. Perfect 8-12 ounce (oz) globes of rich crimson with not a mark on them. We had a severe drought here in Amishland and very cool weather to boot. So when a tomato beats the odds and still is beautiful and pumps out all summer long up to frost, I say bravo, bring it on! This one has that old time flavor I remember from the tomatoes in Mr. Gunther's garden. Mr. Gunther, wherever you are, I want to belatedly, truly apologize! My mother was raised in the tropics and had never seen a groundhog (or grundsau as they say in PA Dutch.) She was a sucker for all baby animals, so when I brought home a cute, tiny baby groundhog of course she let me keep him. She didn't know what it was. My father didn't want to break my heart. So the little guy got bigger and thrived. When a neighbor informed us it was “a varmint- we shoot those" she broke into tears. When little Gunther (named after our gardening neighbor) got too big to keep indoors, we did a midnight foray into Mr. Gunther's garden and let him loose amongst the cabbages. We knew Mr. Gunther never used a gun, so we assumed he'd be fine. And that was only one of my many unusual pets. More tales later.... Anyway, this is what I call a typical old fashioned tomato, big round, red, sweet-tart. It did have potato leaf foliage but that is the only identifying factor. Try this good ole boy, you won't regret it.

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Ready to eat in only 55 days! I just love the name! I figure this must have been a popular old time name for red veggies. This is a fabulous multi-purpose tomato. It is very early, fully a month earlier than anything else I grew this year except for my super early Ukrainian tomatoes. (see my "Ukrainian and Russian Tomatoes Page"). These are very prolific and high-yielding. They have a good strong tomato flavor. The fruits are set in clusters of round, 4 oz. fruits that are a deep, dark red inside and out. These are fast growing, large potato-leafed plants that need staking. I had more tomatoes than I could possibly eat and I was bringing baskets of them to work. The plants kept on pumping out these small red jewels all season. I have been told these are an heirloom tomato but have found conflicting reports of their history, so rather than give out false information, I will just leave it at that- it is an heirloom, heritage tomato, possibly from England. INCEASED SEED COUNT

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click to see fullsized photo MARTIN'S AMISH/ MENNONITE TOMATO

I got this heirloom Pennsylvania German (PA Dutch) tomato from an Old Order Mennonite neighbor, Mr. Martin about 12 years ago, near Reamstown PA. He said he got it from his Amish neighbors, so who knows if it is really Amish or Mennonite (a religious sect similar to the Amish. The Old Order Mennonites also use horse and buggies and farm with horses, and are very conservative as well).I grow this every year, it is one of my " staple" tomatoes. Smallish vines are about 5 feet tall, which are kind of bushy. They throw out tons of perfect red, egg shaped meaty fruit, suitable for use as a paste type for cooking but with a great sweetness that is super just out of hand or in salads and salsas. Every single fruit is perfect and it is very resistant to disease and bugs. You can't get an easier to grow tomato or one that is more useful in so many different ways. To the best of my knowledge I am the only one selling this special local variety of tomato.
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click to see fullsized photo**BACK FOR 2018**HOWARD GERMAN TOMATO
~VERY RARE~Local Pennsylvania Heirloom

The locals here in Amish country also call them "Pepper Tomatoes". I have never seen these exact same tomatoes grown anywhere else. Prolific harvests of 5-1/2 inch long, weirdly pointed paste tomatoes that weigh about 5 - 8 ounces (although this year they were huge and averaged more like 10- 14 ounces). These are very meaty with a good, rich flavor. They have virtually no seeds, maybe 6 or so per fruit. An old scarce variety great for canning, paste, or sauces. Also delicious right off the vine in salads. Just the best all purpose tomato I have ever grown. Very resistant to disease and bugs, as well. Still seen here in Amish country, but elsewhere it is a really rare tomato.


click to see fullsized photo **BACK FOR 2018** MATT'S WILD CHERRY TOMATO

If you have a "black thumb" or have never gardened before, this is the tomato for you to try. This will grow anywhere there is sun. It is called Matt's Wild Cherry because Teresa Arellanos de Mena, a friend of U.of Maine ag faculty members, Drs. Laura Merrick and Matt Liebman, brought seeds to Maine from her family's home state of Hidalgo in Eastern Mexico. it's the region of domestication of tomatoes. The original seeds were picked from plants growing wild. Therefore, this is a species wild tomato, which means it is like a parent of all the small tomatoes you ever saw.

Very sweet, tiny cherries, huge yields, superb flavor, my absolute favorite small tomato. It has long, long vines, that do best when planted by a fence to ramble on. These babies have such a huge burst of luscious flavor when you bite into them. Absolutely everyone says "WOW" at the first taste, and they never stop at just one taste! You will get a huge amount of these delectable tiny fruits. And they keep on pumping them out all season until hard frost in my Zone 6A garden. These are so sweet (a high sugar content, 11 Brix on the sweetness scale) and flavorful that my neighborhood children "snitch" them off the vines. Not to worry, there will be more fruits than you could ever eat. Each tomato is about the size of a small marble. Unlike the other "currant" tomato types, these stay nicely on the vine until you are ready for them. I consider these a must have tomato. If you plant only one small fruited cherry type tomato this year, this is it. So prolific that they will self seed! I had self-seeded "volunteers" coming up in the early spring way before any other tomato could take the cold. You only need to plant this baby once, and it will happily come up year after year.

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