(Solanum lycopersicum) This crop, native to the Americas, has become the most popular garden crop over the last 200 years. We offer an amazing selection of many of the finest old varieties in lots of delicious colors! A few heirloom varieties have plants that don't get quite so large. Called "determinate" varieties, these grow to a certain size and then set all their fruit more or less at once. Determinates may be a better choice where tomatoes are grown in a very small garden, or in containers. All varieties are believed to be 'indeterminate' (long vines), unless specified 'determinate' (short vines). The best-tasting varieties tend to be indeterminate, and most of ours are unless otherwise noted. For many reasons, it is highly recommended to start your seeds indoors and transplant out. First, the tomato is a long season crop and northern growers will want a jump start, but also tomatoes greatly benefit from transplanting as it helps them to grow into a more sturdy plant. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Ideal germination temperature is 70-80 F. Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep. Transplant outdoors after all chance of frost have passed. Tomatoes have a unique ability to grow extra roots along their stems, which helps the plant to become better established and take up nutrients, so it is wise to dig a deep hole and plant the tomato so that the bottom few inches of stem are below the soil line. (Note: this ability is unique to tomatoes and planting deep in this manner will kill or harm other plants.) Plant in full sun. Plants prefer rich, well-drained soil and regular watering. Space plants 24-36 inches apart (determinate tomatoes can be planted 18-24 inches apart).
70 days. This Russian heirloom won our hearts with its texture and perfectly balanced flavor, exactly how a tomato should taste! The Roma-shaped tomatoes are a sunset orange hue with a long pointed nose, hence the name buratino, which is Russian for Pinocchio! We love this all-purpose sauce, slicing and snacking tomato because there are no compromises to be made — it boasts outrageous flavor, exceptionally high yields, hardy plants and multi-purpose! The fruit is larger than a Roma, averaging 5-7 ounces with a small seed cavity and thick, meaty flesh that drips with citrusy, fruity yellow tomato taste. This variety is believed to have been introduced by the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, Russia.
70 days. A unique and delectable treat! This highly productive Russian variety grows long trusses of tangerine-colored, large, elongated, pear-shaped tomatoes that are firm, sweet and sublime for snacking! Matures early to mid season. Fruit averages 60-120 grams and has a perfect balance in acidity and sweetness. Ideal for market or home gardening. Makes amazing orange salsas, ketchup and sauces. A marvel of nature.
Orange Accordion Tomato- Indeterminate, regular leaf. Averages 80 days to maturity. Indescribable beauty meets stellar flavor with the orange accordion tomato. This highly ruffled, massive tomato in high voltage orange color is packed with nutrition and sweet, fruity flavor. This head-turning tomato is a must have for market gardeners and home growers alike. Its deeply lobed fruit has few seeds and juicy, meaty flesh, making it suitable for sauces and slicing. Its monstrous fruit can easily reach 20 ounces each and makes a perfect stuffing tomato, too!
75 days to maturity. This is a true garden oddity; the fruit is perfectly peachy in color, with even a lightly fuzzy skin to match! A delicious reminder of the whimsy and fun of heirloom gardening, this imitation peach is nutritious and has splendid sweet flavor! The original peach tomato is an old French variety called Yellow Peach. It was used to make a marmalade that was a convincing substitute for the real thing! The Orange Peach, which we find even more peach-y was a chance cross found growing in the tomato patch of Pennsylvania farmer and heirloom expert James Weaver. We are sure glad that he saved and shared this variety. Its fantastic flavor and gorgeous looks make it a favorite here at Baker Creek! The fruit ranges in size from golf ball to tennis ball, with peach color, and fuzzy skin!