(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).
60 days. Fantastic, sugar-sweet tomato flavor, that is fruity, with a hint of grape and plum flavors. If you relish the experience of digging into a bowl of high-quality cocktail tomatoes, then the Black Strawberry is your tomato. This 1-ounce fruit is marbled in blue, scarlet and gold. A bowl full resembles a luminous and luxurious bunch of gems, and indeed the flavor is decadent and indulgent, with perfectly sweet and tart balanced flavor! This extremely productive and early variety makes it an obvious choice for gardeners and market farmers who want rugged, early-producing plants, and do not want to sacrifice eating quality
A gorgeous saladette tomato that glitters and shines, with superb flavor to boot! Bred by Artisan Seeds, this 2-2.5 inch long cocktail-type tomato has become a standout favorite in our trials. The slightly crunchy texture, eye catching “blushed” color, and perfectly balanced, sugary flavor put it into a different class entirely. A gourmet choice for market gardeners or anyone with a hankering for a phenomenal tomato! One of the first tomatoes we eat out of the garden.
75 days to maturity. Superior breeding efforts have resulted in one of the most delectable and color- saturated tomatoes we have seen! Plants produce bunches of 2-inch globes, round and brilliant blue, maturing to a golden yellow with blue shoulders. This newer variety was introduced by J and L Gardens and is a cross between the famously sugary Amy’s Sugar Gem and the antioxidant-rich OSU Blue tomato. It is perfect to snack on or for salads and should be a centerpiece for market displays!
75 days. Insanely sweet fruit with a brix reading of 10.0. Extremely kid friendly, this may be the sweetest tomato we have ever tried! Compact, semi-determinate vines produce fruit that are 1 inch across and 3 inches long. The scarlet, elongated fruit shimmers on the vine with its gold-flecked skin. This delectable saccharine treat was bred by Aaron Whaley, who reports this is the most snackable tomato and it rarely makes it back to the kitchen before it is eaten!
70-80 days. A gilded salad tomato with superb flavor, introduced by the legendary tomato breeder Tom Wagner, who bred the Green Zebra tomato and many other delectable heirlooms. The 3-5 ounce fruit is scrumptious and snackable with a unique color pattern. This newer variety will display slight variations in size and color, making for fun surprises!
These gorgeous globes have the lustre and stunning color of a stained glass masterpiece. Its beauty is only outmatched by its flavor! The Sart Roloise tomato is bursting with sweet, fruity and complex flavor with just the right acidity, owing its tropical flavor profile to its parentage. It is a cross of the White Wonder tomato, which lends pineapple sweet notes, and the Baby Blue tomato, which explains the deep indigo blue brushstrokes on the shoulders! This variety was bred by Roland Boulanger, Sart Eustache, Belgium. This is a large beefsteak type. The big, beautiful fruit averages 10-20 ounces each, with the most captivating color and sheen, making it a must have for market gardeners, chefs and anyone who loves a gourmet flavored tomato with pizazz.
75 days. Sweet, lemoncolored fruit are blushed in lovely salmon pink. There is something nourishing to the soul when growing an heirloom that was resurrected from near extinction! The Thorburn’s Lemon Blush tomato is a beefsteak from antiquity with such magnificent flavor it is a true wonder how it was lost for 107 years! It is thanks to Willliam Woys Weaver, legendary seed saver and heirloom expert, for saving and growing out this outstanding tomato. The variety was developed by Elbert Carman, a longtime editor of the Rural New Yorker Magazine, and first offered in the Thorburn’s catalog in 1893. It remained a favorite offering until 1912 when it was reselected and renamed Lemon Queen tomato. The variety fell into obscurity until Weaver received the seeds from a rare collection in New Jersey and decided to grow it out and offer it, exclusively through Baker Creek. This large, juicy tomato has tropical fruit notes and perfect acidity balance. It is nearly coreless, with firm juicy flesh and few seeds. A true testament to the resilience of heirlooms; be sure to add this incredible artifact to your personal seed bank and garden!