If you’re anything like us, we seldom buy tomatoes out of season. Anyone who’s tasted a vine ripened juicy tomato just picked right out in the garden understands our hesitation on this point. In fact we refer to our cherry tomatoes as “Yard Candy.” Store bought will just never compare to garden or farm fresh tomatoes… Or any other fresh vegetable for that matter, but especially so with regard to the tomato. Nearly ALL tomatoes bought in stores are picked HARD and GREEN and UNRIPE, they have chambers into which the tomatoes are placed, then they are GASSED to induce unnatural ripening. Yuck!
Many years ago my Mother who was living out-of-state, felt badly for me because I didn’t have a garden where I lived at that time. Being a loving Mom (as most moms are) she went out to her garden and filled a box full of juicy vine ripened tomatoes… And love. (Wait for it…) And then shipped them out via UPS to me… A week later… I received a notice that my package was “Destroyed in shipping.” So being a curious son, I had to call and find out what exactly had been destroyed in shipping… But the love did survive.
Vine ripened tomatoes just don’t ship well folks.
Our goal is to provide you with the best tasting varieties for our local area. After taste and fantastic flavor, we focus on disease resistance and plant productivity. The season for tomatoes is ever so short up here in the northeast, when those fruits finally ripen we savor every single bite and drop of juice.
We have many locally tested tried and true favorites, we love “Heirloom” varieties for their delicious and unique flavors even though they may not be as productive as their “Hybrid” cousins, they make up for it in beautiful shapes, colors and intensity of flavor. From the wee little cherry types to giant whopper beefsteaks you’ll be sure to find what you need right here. We highly recommend the new “Artisan” Open Pollinated type tomatoes, as their flavors and color pallets are just amazing. Berkeley Pink Tie-Dye, Pork Chop, Green Zebra and Black Cherry are at the top of our flavor/taste list.
Heirloom = very old varieties passed down through many generations, Hybrid = newer varieties crossed at a breeding facility, (often a college campus that specializes in agriculture) and OP = open pollinated AKA crossed naturally by Bees or other pollinators.
With regard to Disease Resistance or Disease tolerance
Resistance: “The inherent capacity of a living being to resist circumstances such as disease.” Tolerance: “The capacity to endure hardship under adverse conditions.”
THE INFO UNDER THE PHOTOS STATES APPROX HARVEST DATE FROM TRANSPLANT AND HOW SHORT, MEDIUM OR TALL THE PLANT WILL GET.
NEW VARIETIES FOR 2019
Ruby Crush, 60 days, Performs well in containers, shines in the garden, and has wonderful sugar-acid balanced fruits that resist cracking. Compact 18-24″ plants.
Tomato, Tall, Big Beef Hybrid, 10-12 Oz, 73 days, delicious flavor, high disease resistance. 1994 AAS winner.
Tomato, OP, Tall, Black Cherry, large cherry fruits have amazing "complex" delicious flavor, 64 days, very productive.
Tomato, Short-Medium, Defiant Hybrid, 70 days, late blight resistant, 6-8 Oz fruits with a nice old fashioned tomato flavor
Tomato, Tall, Heirloom, German Johnson, 16+ Oz, 75 days, wonderful old fashioned full tomato flavor
Tomato, Tall, Salad type, Juliet Hybrid, 60 days, paste/grape hybrid, solid, meaty and sweet, very productive
Tomato, Tall, Lemon Boy Hybrid, low acid, 72 days, 7 Oz fruits are mild with nice low-acid flavor
Tomato, Tall, Cherry, sampler mixed, delicious "Yard Candy" 6 pack 57-67 days, 1 each of 6 delicious and colorful varieties. Very productive.
Tomato, Tall, Russian Heirloom, Moskvich, 60 days, cold tolerant, juicy, sweet & delicious 4-6 Oz fruits
Tomato, Short, Oregon Spring Hybrid, 58-65 days, cold tolerant, 3-7 Oz fruits with sweet, rich, delicious flavor, productive
Tomato, Short, Polbig Hybrid, 60 days, cold tolerant, very flavorful, deep red throughout, 3.5-8 Oz fruits, sets fruit in cool weather, container friendly
Tomato, dwarf grape, Ruby Crush, 60 days, Performs well in containers, shines in the garden, and has wonderful sugar-acid balanced fruits that resist cracking. Compact 18-24" plants.
Tomato, Tall, Cherry, Sungold Hybrid, 57 days, considered one of the most flavorful varieties, incredibly productive variety, tangerine-orange fruits have a sweet-fruity tropical flavor
Tomato, Tall, Paste, Italian Heirloom, San Marzano Redorta, 85 days, 10-12 Oz, from Tuscany, excellent flavor, solid with very few seeds, specialty variety for sauce
Tomato, Tall, Big Brandy Hybrid, 75-80 days, 12-15 Oz fruits with great heirloom flavor but earlier and more productive
Tomato, Tall, Grape Type, Chocolate Sprinkles Hybrid, 55-70 days, fantastic sweet "complex" flavor, highly productive
Tomato, Tall, Cherry, Supersweet 100 Hybrid, 60 days, very reliable variety with great taste, very productive
Tomato, Grape, Dwarf, Fantastico Hybrid, 60 days, hugely productive, compact 15-18" plants, extremely sweet fruits are high in sugars, container friendly
Tomato, Tall, Grape, Yellow (bright orange) Nova Hybrid, 60 days, excellent sweet flavor, tremendously productive
Tomato, Tall, Russian Heirloom, Black Krim, 8-18 Oz, 80 days, exceptional "Complex Smoky Flavor"
Tomato, Tall, German Heirloom, Old German, 75 days, 1.5-2#, beautifully colored, boat shaped oval fruits, one of the best tasting old Mennonite varieties
Tomato, Tall, Heirloom, Cherokee Chocolate, 75 days, 10-16 Oz fruits with wonderful-excellent flavor, very productive
Tomato, Tall, OP, Pork Chop, 75-80 days, 8-10oz fruits with a sweet, low acid, "mild citrus-like flavor"
Tomato, Tall, OP, Berkeley Pink Tie Dye, 65-75 days, 8-16oz fruits have an outstanding "sweet-complex flavor," Farmer Mike's favorite variety
Tomato, Tall, OP, Green Zebra, 75 days, 3-4oz fruits with an amazing sweet-tangy flavor, multiple taste test winning variety
Tomato, Short, Paste, La Roma III Hybrid, 76 days, 3-5oz fruits are meaty with few seeds, very productive, very flavorful, high disease resistance
Tomato, Tall, Chef's Choice Orange Hybrid, 75 days, 8-11oz fruits with a nice low acid flavor, bold color, high yields 2013 AAS winner