Apr
02
2014

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  • All Tomatoes are OP(Open Pollinated) and/or Heirloom with a minimum of 15 seeds per packet unless stated otherwise.
  • All tomato packets are $1.50 unless stated otherwise.
  • Free seeds with every order!
  • Varieties grown by us (most of the tomato listings) are organic, but not certified. Some varieties are CERTIFIED ORGANIC. To not make mistakes when supplies change, they are not listed as such. If you need to know if your choices are organic, please send an email to SampleSeeds@yahoo.com.
  • All tomato descriptions are from my experience/climate.
    I was asked by a customer about adding DTM(Days To Maturity) to my descriptions. I really don’t like them since so much is variable on the weather and the gardener.
    I try to be as honest as possible in how a plant performs here. I am in one of the most northern spots of zone 6 in the country. So those of you in zone 5 probably can expect experiences similar to mine. Spring comes late here compared to you to the south, and I always hope I can get them out by mid-May. I usually get them out in the second half of May. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate(too rainy), and it is the beginning of June.
    If I say a plant is early, I’m getting tomatoes in good amounts at the end of July/beginning of August. If I say a plant has produced a lot of tomatoes, by the end of August, I’ve thought to myself how good the plant has done. If I’m waiting in Sept. for the first ripe tomato off the plant, or it only grew a few tomatoes, I promise to say so in the description as I did for Beauty King as an for example.
  • Plants are indeterminate and regular leaf unless otherwise stated.
  • Because I get asked so often about varieties that can easily be grown in pots, plants that are dwarf or determinate will be highlighted with POT in their title.
    Other varieties are can be grown in pots(a customer told me they have easily grown Stupice and Matina in pots) but pots for indeterminates must be quite large and staking can become an issue.

To read my note about the 2013 season, >please Click Here.

  • All photos clickable to enlarge.

  • If you need growing from seed tips, or you decide you want to buy plants, please visit Darrel Jones’s site Selected Plants.

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Large Red tomLR
As you can see by the photo, this tomato is red, but not so large. I found the size very variable. It is an old variety. The earliest known listing of it is from 1843 in a Shaker seed catalog. So back then it probably was considered quite large. It is very pretty with the deeply ribbed shoulders and bright red color. Reading my copy of The Vegetable Garden from 1885, and it is mentioned in there with the synonym of ‘Large Red Italian’ which makes sense to me with its similarity in looks to the Costoluto varieties from Italy.
Sorry out of stock.
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Large Red Cherry tomLRC
This is a well known cherry is said to have been originally distributed by Ben Quisenberry (Brandywine, Stump of the World, other oldies but goodies.) So it has a boring name, but it tastes good. It is an excellent producer.




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Lime Green Salad POT tomLGS
This dwarf variety makes tasty green saladette sized tomatoes. Saladette means too big to be a cherry, but too small to be a regular small globe tomato. It is a newer OP variety bred by Tom Wagner who also bred the famous Green Zebra. It was originally named ‘Green Elf’. Limit TWO per customer.




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LITCHI Tomato aka MORELLE de BALBIS can be found on the Buy Vegetable Seed Page.
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Little Lucky tomLL
Luscious Little Lucky runs through my mind when I eat this tomato. I just love it. It is juicy with phenomenal flavor. It is a small yellow globe, a bit variable in shape sometimes looking like a small beefsteak or heart, with a red blossom end blush and you will find red in the core. Craig LeHoullier, heirloom tomato connoisseur, had an accidental cross of Brandywine with and unknown variety. From that he developed this variety and Lucky Cross. It is late season tomato, but it produces just in time that I get a nice amount of tomatoes before the weather go south. Those of you to the north might have too short of a season for this variety. Potato leaf. Limit TWO per customer.
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Lucky Cross tomLuck
This is the big sister to Little Lucky. It is another tomato with exceptional flavor. The large bicolor beefsteaks are yellow with a pink blush. The pink blush spreads as the tomato ripens. Unfortunately for northern growers, it is late to mature. I have a love hate relationship with this tomato because of this.  The phenomenal flavor keeps it on my grow list. Potato leaf.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALong Keeper tomLoK
I grew this tomato to see what it was like and eh is how I feel. My friend Gary Millwood wrote a long post on Dave’s Garden about storage tomatoes including a good description of Long Keeper. Please CLICK HERE to read it. I had quite a few fruits off my plants, but I didn’t take any pics except for the ones that happen to be in a bushel photo after being picked. 15 seeds for $1.25.




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Malachite Box (Malakhitovaya Shkatulka) tomMaB
I like to keep with the original naming of a tomato when I can, but since Malakhitovaya Shkatulka is such a mouthful, we’ll use the English name of this variety. This is an incredibly productive variety. The tomatoes are in the 8-16 oz. range. They develop a yellow and orange hue to the skin when ripe as seen in the photo. They are the sweetest regular size green tomato I’ve had to date. So those of you who like sweet ones will probably like this variety.




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Malinowy Warszawski tomMaW
I grew this tomato because a customer requested it. The light to medium pink fruits varied from small globes to mini beefsteaks like the one in the photo. It seems to be relatively unknown here though fairly popular over in Poland. If you like beefsteak flavor but want a smaller tomato than this would be a good one for you. I believe the name translates to Pink/Raspberry from Warsaw. They ripened early, and I had a decent amount of fruit. Potato leaf. (The foliage in the photo does not belong to this tomato.)




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Marcia’s Mystery Black
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This tomato is a mistake from another seed company. My friend Marcia who attends the Buffalo~Niagara Tomato Tastefest brought it as Black Sea Man. It is not that. This is the second time I’ve grown this tomato. It is a regular leaf  and seems to be a semi-determinate type. So why am I selling a no name? Well, it is very early for a beefsteak, and it tastes really good. It is not any other black tomato I’ve grown so far, and who knows I or someone else may at some point ID it. Customers have asked about my carrying it as the characteristics of the tomato are more important than the pedigree. The photo is from mid-August in a not so good season as this one was, but it was already producing lots of tomatoes. The cracks on top were because of the torrential rains that happened while the tomatoes were growing. 15 seeds for $1.25.




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Matina tomMat
This tomato is often mentioned when asked of tomato growers what their favorite early variety is.(Many others will mention Stupice.) The small, 2-4 oz., round red fruit is flavorful and produced in large quantities. This variety originally came from Germany. Potato leaf.




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Matt’s Wild Cherry tomMWC
This cherry is a rampant grower and producer of red Cherries just a bit bigger than Currant. They are very sweet. Gary who love sweet ones absolutely loved them. One day as he was shoveling them in his mouth, he said, “Now this is what tomato should taste like. If you could get this flavor in a big tomato, it would be perfect.” Winner of sweetest tomato Buffalo~Niagara Tomato TasteFest 2012. It is originally from Mexico, and reported to be resistant to Late Blight. Don’t confuse this with being resistant to all fungal problems. It still got Early Blight quite readily though it did keep on growing and producing as it is a vigorous grower. Please note, the seeds of this variety are very small and should be almost surfaced sowed for best success.




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Max’s Large Green tomMaxLG
I almost forgot to take a pic of this tomato! It is a good sized beefsteak that is pretty smooth. It stays very green even when ripe compared to other GWR’s. The tomato in my hand was actually overripe and you can see how green it still was.  It came on bit late, and that may be due to the year, but it was till in time for lots of tomatoes. This tomato originates from KY via Roger Postley of Tomatoes, Etc. (he sells tomatoes in Lexington, KY,) that attends the swap in Berea. The taste is very good typical of GWR’s.




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Micro Tom POT tomMicT
This is a very tiny tomato plant! As far as I know, it is the smallest tomato plant out there. It is really cute for pots. The photo is of unripe fruit. They are red at maturity. Besides the plants being tiny, they are quick to make tomatoes. The plants can start to flower before transplanting outdoors. The flavor of the fruit is ok. This one is more for display/conversation piece than eating. Limit TWO per customer.




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Moldovan Green aka Green Moldovan tomMoGr
From the assortment of green tomatoes at this year’s (2011) Tomato TasteFest, this one was a favorite of many attendees. It is very good tasting. It is a small green beefsteak that develops an amber blush, but still have a nice green to it when ripe. It was not overly productive for me, but being only a couple seedlings survived this spring’s horrible cold and wet, I can not say it would not perform better in another year. I will definitely grow this one again. You’ll often see this variety listed as Green Moldovan, but it was originally listed in the SSE catalog as Moldovan Green.




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For Monomakh’s Hat please see Shapka Monomakha.
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Monkey Ass tomMAs
This tomato has a silly name, but it really is a wonderful tomato! It is a large pink heart, very meaty and sweet. Sometimes the hearts double causing a baboon bottom look to them. I found it productive compared to some other hearts I’ve tried. It also was on the early side of my main crop to ripen every time I’ve grown it. Many customers have reported back that they love this one. Limit TWO per customer.
Sorry out of stock. Hopefully back Nov. 2014.
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Mortgage Lifter tomMLift
This variety is very well known because of the story behind its name. In the 1930′s in West Virginia, Charles “Radiator Charlie” Byles crossed some large fruited beefsteaks to create his own variety. He sold plants for $1 or so the story goes to be able to pay off his mortgage. The fruit are large and pink. To my taste buds they are mild flavored. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Mountain Princess POTtomMPr
When first offered in 2009, the seeds of this variety went quick! I was quite surprised; I didn’t know the variety had such a following, but then again this variety is excellent for growing in a large pot or in the ground. The red fruit is quite good for an early variety. They are small to medium size slightly flattened globes. Originally from West Virginia. Determinate.
Sorry, now out of stock. Hopefully back Fall 2014.
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NSL187099 tomNSL
This a no name tomato from the UDSA seed bank. It a dwarf with a lot of recessive genes. It is not really one to grow for eating, but more for your own breeding projects or conversation piece. The foliage is potato leaf and very rugose as shown in the photo. The cherry tomatoes are green. The foliage in the middle photo by E. Court shows the variegation that expresses itself under cooler environmental conditions. For you tomato breeders, the gene codes this tomato carries are a, c, d, gf, gs, h, marm, mc, r, wf, y. LIMIT ONE per customer.
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NARANJILLA (Solanum quitoense) can be found on the Buy VEGETABLE Seed page.
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Northern Lights tomNoL
This is a very productive bi-color, and it starts producing quite early too. The tomatoes varied in size from medium to large. They have the typical sweet fruit flavor of bi-colors. This variety was a hit for many customers who purchased it this past year.




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Olive Hill tomOH.
Reports from everyone who has grown this variety are the same; it is exceptionally productive. It is a deep pink tomato averaging about 3/4lb. They have a mild sweet flavor. Originally from Kentucky. Potato leaf. (Photo courtesy of Hilde Reineck.)
Sorry out of stock. Hopefully back in fall 2014.
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Opalka tomOpa
I first grew this paste tomato back in the late 90′s because of the recommendation of my friend Carolyn Male. It is one of her favorite pastes. It did do well for me, and it is much better flavored for fresh eating than many pastes, but I have other favorites. Of course I always say there is a tomato for everyone.




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Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge tomOFPS
This variety was one of the oddest things I’ve ever grown. The fruits were small and orange with purple shoulders. The orange color is a bit brighter than the photograph shows. The Purple coloration comes from Lycopersicon peruvianum which is in the gene pool mix of this variety. The color is more pronounced with exposure to light and low temps. I had both this season so the purple color came out quite nicely. The foliage though looked as if it had phosphorous deficiency for most of the growing season, and it was a bit wispy like many heart shaped tomatoes have. Every time I looked at the plants I had to remember that the foliage should look that way. I was expecting acidic flavor, not sure why, maybe because of the purple, but the meaty fruit were very mild in taste.
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Orange Minsk tomOMin
This is my new favorite orange beefsteak! It was early, prolific, and tasty; what more could you ask for. If you have been disappointed by orange tomatoes before, I recommend this one. It is originally from Belarus.




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Orlovskie Rysaki POT tomOrRy
This is a determinate from Russia. The tomatoes are small red globes. Click Here for a pic of fruit still on a plant. It is an early determinate, and tasty for an early. It does have a zippy taste but is not overly acidic. The name comes from a Russian breed of horses, Orlovski Trotters, maybe because of the quick speed of ripening?




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Pantano Romanesco tomPRo
This is a popular Italian variety. It is a red beefsteak with some ribbing to the shoulders. They are said to make wonderful sauce, and are a good canner. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Pastel Orange Heart tomPOH
This is a nice sized heart. The color is a muted orange when ripe. It is meaty and mild flavored. I unfortunately didn’t get a really nice pic of this variety. History unknown.




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Pineapple tomPine
This is a large heirloom bi-color, yellow and red throughout. It is a popular variety having been offered for sale by Gleckler’s long before the internet. It has a mild sweet fruity flavor. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Pink Ping Pong tomPPP
This name never appealed to me because it makes me think that they will be hard balls that taste like a bad paste tomato. What an intro I’ve written! The name of course is referring to the size only, looking about the same as ping pong balls, and they are sweet and juicy. They do get a good write up in 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden by Carolyn Male. (Got to love my tomato stained hands from seed saving in the photo.)
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Paul Robeson tomPRo
This black tomato comes from Russia. It was named for the famed actor and singer turned activist. The fruit are small beefsteak type fruit. I unfortunately cannot recall the flavor!




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Polish Dwarf POT tomPDw
This is a very cute variety. It is a mini tree type with rugose foliage. It grows to about 2-2 1/2 feet tall. All my plants were in small pots(nursery gallon size) so growth was more restrained to about 1 1/2 feet or so. They stood straight up until they got full of tomatoes and then started to tip from the weight. The tomatoes are small unassuming red globes, but what flavor! They are quite yummy for an early det. tomato.




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Polish Linguisa tomPLin.
This paste tastes like sauce should taste to me. I find it performs best in cooler weather so if your entire season is in the 90′s, you might not like this one.




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Polish Pastel tomPPas
This unusual tomato originated in Australia. The creator of this bi-color paste, John Smarsz, is of Polish decent. The fruit are very sweet with firm meaty flesh. This also variety does well in hot weather producing lots of fruit. Both years I’ve grown this variety, the plants did not get very large so semi-determinate would be the best description for growth. The fruit is variable in size. Photo to the right is of a salsa made with Polish Pastel.




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Pork Chop aka Porkchop tomPork
This beauty from Brad Gates was my surprise taste winner of the 2010 growing season. It is a very pretty beefsteak with its stripes. As it grows it develops light and dark green stripes then it becomes yellow and green striped and finally yellow and yellow/orange striped(click on the left photo to see the striping better.) I thought the flavor was fantastic, and I really wasn’t expecting it.Both times I’ve grown this it has been on the late side. I’ve seen a few sites selling this as ‘Big Yellow Zebra’, and I don’t know how that happened. It is not the name given by Brad.
Sorry, now out of stock.
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Prescott tomPres
By customer request. I received seeds for this tomato labeled Prescott Cherry, and I got a bit worried when I saw the tomatoes getting a tad too large for a cherry They are more of a mini plum than cherry, but they are suppose to look like that. Someone incorrectly added cherry to the name. The tomatoes do grow in trusses like cherries and are extremely high yielding. They are pink. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Prudens Purple tomPruP
This variety has been a mainstay in my garden longer than any other. It is one of the first heirlooms I ever grew, and still one of my favorites. It is a reliable, early for its size, producer for me. The big pink beefsteaks are meaty and flavorful. There is a slight ribbing to the shoulders of the fruit. The plants are very vigorous right from the get-go. Potato leaf.




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Purple Calabash tomPurC
Now this tomato is as purple as a tomato is going to get. Heavy on the ruffles, and unusual tasting, it is a conversation piece. People often disagree on this tomato with its looks and taste. It has been awhile since I grew this one, but I don’t remember disliking it(not like when I grew Early Girl, yuck!) 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Red Pear tomRdPr
This is a very old variety known since the 1700′s. It is a cute pear shaped cherry tomato. The plants are large and disease resistant. You will get tons of fruit off of one plant. I can see why this plant was used for canning making preserves and such.Click to enlarge the text from the 1865 copy of Field and Garden Vegetables of America to see a recipe for Red Fig which I was told is not the same tomato, but the info about preserving is still interesting. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Red Pear (Giant) Abruzzese tomRPGA
There are a few large red pear varieties available out there often with a place in Italy attached to them, Abruzzese, Gransasso, etc. You will sometimes see them sold by their botanical name Piriform. The shape is not the same as the little Red Pear tomatoes which are more Bosc pear shaped. These are more of a pyramidal shape looking like a D’Anjou pear. This is a popular version of this tomato type.




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Red Pear (Giant) Gransasso Strain tomRPGG
I bought this tomato seed some time ago now (pkt. show to the right,) and it is no longer commercially available in the US until now. I’ve been very please with this tomato both times I’ve grown it. It is productive even in in heat and even late when much of the foliage has died off as in the middle photo. It tastes really good for a meaty cooking type tomato so it can be used fresh.




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Red Robin POTtomRRob
This is a good plant for small pots or growing indoors over the winter. It grows only 8-12″ tall.The fruit are red cherries.




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Red Star tomRSta
This is a cute red cherry tomato. They look like little mini beefsteaks. The amount of lobing does vary, but it got its name from the fact that if you cut it lengthwise, the slices would look like stars. This variety first appeared at the same time when Ceylon came out. Ceylon got more press. Probably because it is more lobed. In fact I bought it and grew it that year since the pic was so attractive. Ceylon, in my opinion, and yours may vary, is not that good of a tomato. Yes, it is pretty, but the flavor is ok, and their shelf life is very short. I consider this bad when it comes to cherries. I happened to pick up some seeds on a clearance rack for Red Star that year, and I’m glad I did. Red Star is early, productive, tastes good, and won’t go bad immediately. Short indeterminate.
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Remy Rouge POT tomRemR
This cherry tomato is from France. (Thank you my friend Tomatoadddict for originally supplying me with seeds.) Remy is a popular name there, and I of course think it is quite a nice name. The small cherries are incredibly sweet. I would dare say sweeter than Sungold, yes, I know, you might think I’m lying, but I’m not. It is not as complex a flavor, just super sweet. The very productive plants are quite attractive too. I have had many good reviews of this tomato from customers especially those in the midwest. Determinate.




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Rinaldo tomRin.
This variety is quite unusual. It looks like an unassuming red paste. It actually is sweet and juicy! Though it does not have lots of gel, the flesh is not overly dry like many pastes. They can get a bit bigger than the photo shows. This tomato was brought to America with Italian immigrants along with the variety Ernesto. Winner of Best Tomato ate the 2012 Buffalo~Niagara Tomato Tastefest. Yes, a paste won best tomato. Limit TWO per customer.




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‘Rio Grande’ tomRioG
This paste tomato is growing in popularity. It makes very meaty 4″ tomatoes. It is definitely one for making sauce. Hilde Reineck’s photo of my tomato is a bit smaller than they normally are. Determinate. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Romeo tomRomeo
I had to grow this variety to make it more accessible to the general public. My internet friend Chemocurl spent a long time hunting down seeds, and she was kind enough to send some to me. This variety makes dependably huge red paste tomatoes. The ones in the pic are actually small compared to some of the fruit! The one I weighed at the Buffalo~Niagara TasteFest was just shy of a pound. They are very dry and meaty, definitely a paste tomato and not for fresh eating. They do not produce many seeds.
Sorry out of stock. Please check out Santa Maria as a substitute.
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Rose Beauty tomRoB
The name is a bit confusing on this tomato. Rose comes from a family surname, not the color. This tomato originated from John Rose of Richmond,KY. It is a pretty white (pale yellow) tomato that with good care can get quite large as seen in the photo. This tomato is a favorite of my good friend Tara. She requests it every year. It does grow and produce well here for a beefsteak. It also does NOT have the mild sweet fruity flavor profile typical of white beefsteaks. If you closed your eyes you would think it was a red tomato. (Photo courtesy of Hilde Reineck.)




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Rosella_crimson_f7_patrina_htsRosella_crimson_sliced_patrina_htsRosella Crimson  tomRoC
This is a new release from the Dwarf Tomato Project that I have been honored with sell to the public. It is an early to midseason regular leaf dwarf, producing medium to medium large oblate fruit that have clear skin and red flesh, hence are a pink variety. Vigorous and productive, the flavor is excellent to outstanding, in some seasons approaching Brandywine in quality. A member of the Sleep family (Budai X Stump of the World), Rosella Crimson is the collaborative work of primarily Patrina Nuske Small (who named it), Craig LeHoullier, Linda Black, Denise Sackett, Justin Morse, Bill Minkey, with input from many others. The name comes from the bird Crimson Rosella. LIMIIT TWO per customer.




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Roughwood Golden Tiger tomRGT
This novelty tomato came through as a real winner. I would of never believed such a bizarre plant and fruit combo would produce high quality tomatoes if I hadn’t seen and tasted them myself. The angora foliage hung down in a floppy way reminding me of a long eared rabbit. The plum shaped tomatoes have orange and red stripes and have fine hairs creating a peach fuzz to the skin. The tomatoes are meaty and very flavorful. They were also born in abundance. Great for sauce. Limit TWO per customer.
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Rozovyi Flamingo POT tomRozF
Rozovyi means pink in Russian, and I just had to grow a tomato whose name translates to Pink Flamingo for my proud to be tacky, plastic flamingo loving, grandmother. The plants were grown (both times) in a couple gallon pots and were dwarf growing only a couple feet high. They probably will be a bit larger grown in the ground. The fruit are an elongated globe shape (not elongated enough to be called a heart in my opinion) and a light pink, very pink as tomatoes go so the name is fitting. Excellent flavor for a dwarf.




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Sabre tomSab
I grew this variety for my Buffalo Sabres Hockey loving husband. There seems unfortunately to be a few varieties of tomatoes floating around with the name Sabre. This variety is the same pink one as offered by Sand Hill Preservation. It averages about 6-10 ounces. I found a lot of variability in size, and though mostly globe shaped, some were like a beefsteak as shown in the first pic. The flavor was very good. It also produced fruit well. A customer had told me that Sabre means a person from Israel, but I was informed by another customer that that is incorrect. Sabra is a person from Israel. Sabre is a female name which is derived from Sabra. I worked with a Sabre at one time. She was from out west and in coming to WNY everyone thought she was named for the Buffalo Sabres. Anyway, perhaps this variety is named after a woman named Sabre. 15 seeds for $1.25

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Saint Pierre tomStP.
This is a popular old French variety. It produces an abundance of red globes. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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San Marzano 2 tomSM2
This is a paste tomato from Italy. There are quite a few variations of San Marzano out there. This one has bigger fruit than some and is indeterminate. Customers have been very happy with it.




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Santa Maria tomSaM
I’m very lucky to introduce this heirloom originally from Italy. A tomato growing friend of mine from Niagara county has been bragging about these huge red pastes from an old Italian immigrant friend of his father in law’s for a few years now. Well he finally showed up with them, and they are big! I grew them this year(2013) and though not as large as my friend’s, they were big and tasty. I was so impressed with the output of the plants. It is a new favorite for me. I like it so much better than Romeo. I have received excellent feed back from customers who grew it this past season.
Because of the rarity and being a paste, there will be a limit of THREE packet per customer.




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Shapka Monomakha aka Monomakh’s Hat
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This Russian tomato is named for the shape of the crown once worn by Russian Tzars. It is often seen with the name Monomakh’s Hat which as stated on Tatiana’s Tomatobase is technically correct, but really should be something like The Crown of Monomakh. So this tomato is a pink heart often with an elongated tip. The tomatoes are meaty and the flesh is creamy in texture. Sorry, now out of stock.
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Siberian POT tomSiber
This short but spreading determinate tomato has small red egg shaped fruit. It is early to start producing, and is said to be very tasty for an early. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Silvery Fir Tree POT tomSFT
The finely dissected foliage of this tomato is unusual and attractive. This plant is listed as a determinate, but it is more like a spreading dwarf in growth. I’ve grown this variety in the flower border as well as pots. The juicy, tart, but still tasty, tomatoes come early and in plentiful quantities. They are red, vary from smooth to lobed, and are a good size for such a small plant.
Sorry, now out of stock. Hopefully back Fall 2014.
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Slavic Masterpiece aka Slavyanskiy Shedevr tomSlavM
This variety makes red tomatoes of various sizes. The biggest as in my hand(very dirty from gardening) were almost a lb. and very pretty so I can see where the masterpiece part of the name came from. I was expecting an earlier ripening variety being Slavic, but it was mid-season for me and others that I gave plants to. The tomatoes are acidic tasting.(Got to love the pic with my again dirty gardening hands! I swear they are most often clean, clean as I type this even.) 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Snow White tomSnW
This pale yellow cherry is a favorite of many growers. It has good flavor. Many people assume pale tomatoes have a bland taste, but this variety proves that is not true. It won sweetest at the 2010 Buffalo~Niagara Tomato Tastefest. The fruit is a nice pop in your mouth size. It is also a nice contrast to other colored cherries when making a salad.




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Solanum spontaneum tomSola
Holy Tomatoes Batman! Seriously this is what went through my head about these plants, that, and the Fruit of the Month Club episode from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’. “What am going to do with all this fruit?!” If you complain your cherry tomatoes don’t make enough fruit, this tomato species is for you. I saw a site with an incorrect description that these were small plants, so I planted them in pots about 2-3 gallon size. Even though they were in pots, they grew like gangbusters. The trusses were averaging 16-20 fruit, and there were so many of of them. The fruit is orange and has an unusual flavor. They taste like one of the components of a Sungold, a sweet earthiness. The fruit have a crunch to them and they hold well. Only under strong rain did they crack, so I pulled them early if there was rain looming in the horizon. As with other small cherry type fruits, kids love them.




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Soldacki tomSold
I first grew this pink beefsteak after reading 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden by Carolyn Male. I liked the tangy but sweet, complex flavor description. I’m happy to say, I agree with the book. Though contrary to the book, my yields haven’t been overly high. It seems each year I decide to grow this tomato, the weather is cold and wet, and it doesn’t seem to like that. I still like growing this tomato because I do enjoy the flavor so much, and I bet in better weather there would be more fruit. Polish heirloom. Potato leaf. Update~ 2012 was a hot year, and as I surmised, it did perform way better than the cold wet years!




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Sophie’s Choice POT tomSoCh.
This tomato is a dwarf sized favorite of mine. It is actually a determinate, just very small and spreading one. In a pot or in the ground, it is a little workhorse. It produces red, large for the plant, fruit early and keeps on going. Fruit tasty and not overly acidic tasting like many early tomatoes. It grows great in pots. (The left photo is an early one from last season of the tomatoes developing. The other is courtesy of Hilde Reineck.)




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Spear’s Tennessee Green tomSTG
This variety is a small beefsteak with typical green tomato flavor. It has an amber blush when ripe. If you have got this far in reading my tomato descriptions, you know I love the GWRs (Green When Ripes.) If you have never tried one, you should be adventurous and pick one to try! (Doesn’t have to be this one.)




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Stump of the World tomSTOTW.
This is my favorite variety though I sort of hate to say that. What if you buy it and hate it?! It is sort of like Brandywine, but a bit stronger flavored and juicier. The best analogy I can come up with is Brandywine is a peach, and Stump is a nectarine. So if you like sweet peaches best, you’ll like Brandywine better. If you like zippier nectarines better, you’ll like Stump more. For a beefsteak, it is on the smaller  size(averaging 12-16 oz.,) but sometimes it makes larger ones. They are a deep pink almost looking red. The plants performs very well here. It won best tasting tomato at the 2008 Buffalo~Niagara Tomato TasteFest. Potato leaf.
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StupicetomStu
This is a well known heirloom early tomato. I grew it years ago myself. It gets loaded with large cherry sized fruit. A lot of people love the flavor and will tell you it is the best early. I remember them being acidic. Originally from Czechoslovakia. Potato leaf.




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Sugar BeefsteakSugar Beefsteak tomSugB
This tomato with regular leaves seems to have originated from Sand Hill Preservation. Being a good producer, it is a favorite of my friend Rob, and that is how I’ve come to know it. It has red fruit of variable size.




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Sungold aka Sun Gold F1 Hybrid TomSunG.
This tomato won sweetest at the last Buffalo-Niagara TasteFest. It is always talked about. Some love it for its sweetness. Others think it is unnatural for a tomato. Either way it does prove that hybrids can have a lot of flavor. It starts producing ripe fruit very early and keeps on delivering all season. 10 seeds for $1.50. (Photo courtesy of Hilde Reineck.)




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sweetadelaideSweet Adelaide tomSwA
This is another tomato from the Dwarf Tomato Project that I am honored to be selling. It is a midseason regular leaf Dwarf, producing medium to medium large oblate pink fruit with a balanced, delicious flavor. It is a vigorous and productive variety that makes a wonderful slicing tomato. A member of the Happy family (New Big Dwarf X Paul Robeson), Sweet Adelaide is the collaborative work of Patrina Nuske Small (who named it), Jeff Casey, Craig LeHoullier, David Lockwood, Lurley Hernandez, Ted Maiden, Doug Frank, Damon Huck, Tanya Kucak, and Bill Minkey, with input from many others.




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Tigerella tomTiger
This tomato is a small red globe with orange stripes. It looks like Green Zebra’s sister. Its origins are in England where it is very popular. It performs well in the garden there which makes me think it may be a very good one for coastal gardens where the summers are more moderate in temperature. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Tigrovy (sometimes known as Tiger-Like) tomTig
The Russian name Tigrovy translates to Tiger-like and is so named because of the stripes on the fruit. I prefer to keep the names of tomatoes in their native tongue if they came to me that way. I believe it helps to avoid confusion later on. If you look at other country’s catalogs, they do not rename our tomatoes. Anyway, all that aside. This is a nice little tomato! The flavor is balanced between sweet and tangy. They started producing fairly early, and in good quantities. A customer down in TX this past year sent me updates and pics. It performed amazingly well down there, so it does do well in heat.




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Tiny Tim POT tomTTim
This variety stays pretty small. It can be grown in a small pot. Mine grew about 8″ or so in small pots. I’ve read they can get a bit bigger in the ground to about 18″. The tomatoes are red cherries that grow in clusters. They ripen very early. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Tom’s Yellow Wonder tomTYW
My tomato growing friend, Rob K., grew the monster sized fruit show in the photo to the right. Rob is known for growing large fruit. Tom’s Yellow Wonder is normally a big pale yellow/white beefsteak often with a pink blush at the base when ripe, and obviously with lots of love can grow exceptionally large. The origins of this variety come from seed saved from another tomato friend, Tom M. of NJ.(Right photo courtesy of Rob K.)




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Top Sirloin tomTSir
This is a fairly unknown red beefsteak. I originally received seeds from Val “Grungy” MacMurray an extraordinary seed sharer who lost a battle to cancer in 2010. So I though it only fitting to grow this one in her honor. It is a beautiful deep red tomato. If you want a red beefsteak that people will ogle, this is it. When I held the first ripe one in my hand, it sort of felt like the scene in Snow White with the perfect red apple. Of course only a happy stomach will come from eating these. They are sweet, but not bland as I often think sweet ones are. I really like this one. FYI, There is also a hybrid with the same name. This is an OP tomato. I do not know if is a dehybridized version of the hybrid or just a coincidental naming.
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Turks Muts tomTMu
This variety has small ruffled black fruit. The varietal name comes from the Dutch and means Turkish Turban. They sort of remind me of a small Purple Calabash. The fruit came on strong early. The flavor is also strong, acidic. Potato Leaf. 15 seeds for $1.25.




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Utyonok POT tomUty
This unusual tomato is Russian in origin. The name means Little Duck. It is a dwarf that gets loaded up with fruit. The golden tomatoes have pointed ends.Click Here to see a link to a commercial pic from Russia. It is also an early variety. The foliage is distinctive in that it cups upward, but not to worry, there is nothing wrong with the plants. Garden plant photo courtesy of customer Robin. B.




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Variegated tomVari
This novelty variety will get attention in the veggie garden with its strongly variegated leaves. The fruit are small round red globes. It sometimes mistakenly called ‘Splash of Cream’ but the proper name is ‘Variegated’ or ‘Variegata’. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Victorian Dwarf POT tomVD
This dwarf as with all the dwarfs I’ve tried are little work horses pumping out a lot of tomates. It is almost like they are trying to prove their worth as a plant. The red tomatoes are slightly flattened globes with a few ribs. As with all the dwarfs this season, I grew these in pots so I can’t comment on garden planted size. In the pots they were about 2 feet tall.
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VR Moscow POT tomVRMos
This tomato was developed by the Utah State College in Logan, Utah and the USDA in 1952. It was bred using Moscow as a parent and is very similar, but it has resistance to Verticillium Wilt. It is a determinate with round red tomatoes. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Wapsipinicon Peach tomWapsP
This is another customer request grow out. It is an old variety from 1890 and originally was known as ‘White Peach’. It somehow got the name Wapsipinicon after a river in Iowa later on. It is a fuzzy skinned variety.The walls of the fruit are thin so the ripe fruit feels very soft. $15 seeds for $1.25.

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Willamette POT tomWill
This is a good determinate  tomato for those with wilt problems. It is a  red globe with nice flavor.  It was early for me and produced all season. It was bred at Oregon State University by the late Dr. Tex Frazier.
Resitant to Fusarium Wilt, Race 1 and Verticillium Wilt.




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Whippersnapper POT tomWhip
I was very happy with these little plants this year. Very early they got loaded with very pretty bright pink oval cherries and kept on producing all season. For a small determinate, I found the fruit tasty. From what I see on the internet, there are two versions – a round cherry and the oval grape tomato shape. I do believe the oval which I have is the correct version.




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White Cherry tomWhC
The name of this cultivar isn’t exciting, but the tomatoes are sweet and are produced prolifically as typical of most cherries. 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Yellow Brandywine tomYBr
I wasn’t expecting much from this tomato. Well I was expecting great flavor, but since regular old Brandywine is very stingy with the tomatoes for me I thought I might not get any to taste. So I was pleasantly surprised at getting fruit. The plants still didn’t have tons, but at least I got fruit and in a timely manner. The fruit averaged about a lb. and were very pretty as you can see from the pic, not misshapen as it is sometimes described. (I do wonder if I have the Platfoot Strain, but of course I can not know that unless I grow them again together.) The flavor of course was very good. Potato Leaf.
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Yellow Pear tomYP.
This very old heirloom, the yellow version of Red Pear, produces copious quantities of miniature pear shape fruit. The flavor is sweet and mild. (Photo courtesy of Hilde Reineck.) 15 seeds for $1.25.

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Yellow Stuffer tomYSt
I thought this would be a good one to carry. It makes yellow fruit that look like a bell pepper. They are hollow inside like a pepper and are good for stuffing. At one of the Buffalo~Niagara Tomato Tastefest, my friend Julianna brought yellow tomatoes with Greek stuffing. They were a beautiful side dish and tasty! 15 seeds for $1.25




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Zogola tomZog
This tomato is know for being able to grow to very large proportions. I don’t grow for size but I could easily see that with proper care, pruning, etc they could get huge. The red tomatoes are plentiful on the large plants. They are deeply lobed and can get misshapen when the fruits grow together on the plants. Polish heirloom.
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  • I am planning for our 2014 tomato planting in middle May of 2014. We reside at approximately 5330-foot altitude in the mountains. We have been told to put away tomato fantasies involving Brandywine, beefsteak, Cherokees, and other varieties, but to concentrate what will produce abundantly in a short summer season. We noted a variety labeled as “Prescott;” does that plant fit our regional qualifications? Which varieties do you recommend for summer planting and early fall harvesting in the mountains?

  • remy says:

    I am by no mean an expert in high altitudes. I’m not sure if you saw what I have written at the top of the page, “I am in one of the most northern spots of zone 6 in the country…Spring comes late here.., and I always hope I can get them out by mid-May. I usually get them out in the second half of May. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate(too rainy), and it is the beginning of June.
    If I say a plant is early, I’m getting tomatoes in good amounts at the end of July/beginning of August. If I say a plant has produced a lot of tomatoes, by the end of August, I’ve thought to myself how good the plant has done. If I’m waiting in Sept. for the first ripe tomato off the plant, or it only grew a few tomatoes, I promise to say so in the description as I did for Beauty King as an for example.” So my season extends through Sept. Yous may be shorter, but many of the varieties I grow do produce before or by the beginning of Sept.
    In general, many smaller tomatoes are going to give you a higher rate of success.Prescott pumped out a lot tomatoes for me, but so have many other smaller fruited varietes. Personally, I would make them the main crop and then experiment with different larger tomatoes each year.
    Also, try using the permeable black landscape fabric rolls as your soil cover instead of mulch. The black matting will keep the soil and plants warmer. I think this would help a lot.

  • Wendy Jo says:

    I’ve had problems with wilt in the past, and altho I didn’t read the entire description of each tomato plant you carry, I did kind of speed read thru each of them and only noticed one (Willamette) that mentioned that it was resistant to wilt. Do you know of any others that you carry that might be resistant? I prefer large, meaty tomatoes in which 1 slice will make a sandwich. The only thing I’ve been able to grow reliably each year is Burpees 4th of July, and while it’s a good tomato I’d love to try something else.

  • remy says:

    Hi Wendy Jo,
    I’m sorry, but I honestly don’t know. I don’t have wilt problems here. Most heirloom resistance is known by the recommendation of other gardeners as it cost money to test a variety for systemic diseases. I would ask on a forum that many tomato growers frequent like Tomatoville.
    Remy

  • Debby Andell says:

    Hi Remy,
    I’m compiling my tomato list and thinking about growing a few in pots this year, as your potted tomatoes look so healthy. Could you please tell me what you use for a potting mix, or do you simply use garden soil amended with manure?
    Thanks,
    Debby

  • remy says:

    Hi Debby,
    I use Baccto Professional mix or ProMix. Either brand is good. They are the potting mix with nothing added. Then to that I add organic granular fertilizer. There’s a few brand out there. Epsoma is well known, but the less know companies are good too. If you do a lot of gardening, I recommend buy the big bag as it does not go bad, and the price is much better than the smaller bags.
    Hope that helps,
    Remy

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