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Moyamensing or Spring Garden Goal Tomato (15 seeds) (WW185) $4.00

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Moyamensing or Spring Garden Goal Tomato

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This rare and unusual African-American heirloom came into the Collection in 1982 from Mrs. M. J. Grooms of Philadelphia, great-granddaughter of a cook who worked at Eastern State Penitentiary. According to Mrs. Grooms, this tomato was grown by the prisoners in their large kitchen garden within the walls of the prison since the mid-1800s and it was from the prisoners that her family acquired the tomato. Since it exhibits many of the physical traits of Cook’s Favorite, a commercial tomato grown in Philadelphia during the 1860s and 1870s, Moyamensing may be a local selection of that now extinct variety. In traditional Philadelphia cookery, it was a tomato of choice for soups, catsups, and general canning. The green tomatoes are excellent in pickles. With blocky orange-red fruits growing in clusters of three, the 8-lobed fruit is about 2 to 2 ½ inches in diameter. A prolific mid-season variety, Moyamensing will begin producing in 85 days and bear generously right up to frost.
Moyamensing or Spring Garden Goal Tomato
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Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Naugatuck, CT, United States
September 15, 2017
Moyamensing Tomato
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

What are the pros? easy, uniform fruit

What are the cons? None


Hard to pronounce but easy to grow and delicious. This is my 2nd yr. growing these Black American heirloom/nice size/blemish free tomatoes. Last year I planted them as a last minute thought-not giving them the respect they deserved. They grew bigger/better/more prolific this year because I moved their old planting spot to a better vegetable growing space (full sun w/better amended growing soil). I was only able to save a few seeds from 2016 wanting to give them a 2nd chance-I am very happy that I did! I now have plenty of these seeds to last me for years to come. I don't know about you, but this year (2017) I had a bumper crop with ALL of my tomatoes (San Marzano, Old German, Black Vernissage, Rutgers, various Cherry tomatoes) Moyamensing included did not disappoint. Don't hesitate to try and to grow Moyamensing because of their name or heritage. There is a good reason why they have been around for so long-passed down from a cook. They are deserving of their heirloom status.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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