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"One of the very best 'Italian-type' tomatoes for its outstanding hybrid vigor and uniformity. Large yields of 3 to 4 oz. fruit. Produces 7 times more fruit than the standard Roma in field trials." Tomato Growers Supply.

This one is for Andrea. When she saw a tomato named "Ladybug" it went to the top of her must have list. From the catalog discription it appears to be a very desirable medium to large (one ounce) red cherry with good production and flavor.  Picture from Park Seed.

"a.k.a. Grace Lahman's Pink. A TomatoFest favorite. One of the most popular tasting tomatoes at the Heirloom Garden Show. Our Tomatofest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, big, regular-leaf plants that yield tremendous amounts of  10-12 ounce, blemish-free, smooth, meaty and juicy, pink tomatoes that are richly sweet with a clean slightly acidic finish in the mouth. This tomato bears heavily until frost. Great tomato for slicing fresh or canning whole. Highly recommended as a farmer's market tomato because of the visual appeal and flavor. A good tomato for cooler growing conditions."  Text from TomatoFest.  Picture from Baker Creek.

Wild Boar Farms web site reads, "Early to mid-early. Like most dark tomatoes, this is one of my first ripe tomatoes each season. 65-75 days. Indet. regular leaf, grows fairly stocky and not as tall as most indet.  8-12 oz. flattened med.  beefsteak fruit. Very meaty. Good to very good production. Good choice for marginal tomato climates.  Pink brown with metallic green stripes. Very meaty pink flesh that is very flavorful." Picture from Baker Creek

"Legend steadily produces large 4-5" fruits. Early, high quality, richly flavored, fruits are round, red and seedless (until end of season)." Nichols Garden Nursery

Dependable producer of mild, sweet tasting yellow tomatoes, up to 8 ozs. Favorite among those who like a "low acid taste".

"This variety was hardly bothered by the record-setting wet and cold season at Heritage Farm during the summer of 2004. Heavy sets of 1/2 - 3/4" translucent yellow cherry tomatoes. Nice clean tart-sweet flavor." Seed Savers Exchange

NEW. From Gary Millwood. "Large yellow ribbed fruit with a pink/red blush and a juicy, fruity flavor. From the Johnson/Magoffin county area of eastern Kentucky."

"Productive, medium-large slicer with dark purple-brown chocolate color. Much better than Cherokee Purple. Tastes great with a rich flavor even in cool summers. One of our favorites for flavor and appearance." Adaptive Seeds, Sweet Home, OR.

Late season, but worth waiting for. Tomato Growers Supply describes it as, "Beautiful, clear yellow beefsteak fruit weighs at least a pound with a flavor that is rich and complex, yet refreshingly sweet. Very meaty tomatoes have few seeds while still being juicy and absolutely delicious. Considered one of the finest tasting yellow heirlooms and unique for its pale yellow, not golden, color."

"An abundant Russian heirloom. Produces 12-16 oz., 4-5", light-yellow beefsteak tomatoes. Unlike most yellows this one is loaded with lots of luscious, big sweet tangy flavor. It's been one of my favorite yellows to grow for market." TomatoFest.com

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"Little miss comes from Dixiewine. Bill Jeffers' cross of Brandywine and Neves Azorean Red, which he let me grow ut in Tennessee and name. Well, with those parents, you know it is going to have wonderful flavor and be very attractive. Dixiewine is a gem. ... This was the best tomato I tasted last summer, period! These cute little beauties have no cracks or blemishes. When you bite into one, get ready for a flavor explosion. They are very sweet and intense."  Marianna's 

"These 1 inch round fruit rate high in taste tests for flavor and sweetness. Semi-determinate plants will reach approximately 20 inches tall and wide, perfectly suited for hanging baskets." Territorial Seed Company (or containers)

"Delicious, light yellow translucent cherries. The flavor of these is really good--both sweet and fruity. These pretty fruits are popular at farmers' markets. Plants set good yields. A real winner." OK, but I'm trying it because of the name. Come on all you adult kids!" Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

http://sustainableseedco.com/Produces 4-6 oz. orange-red fruit late in the season. Picked red and stored at 60-70 degrees, they will keep their flavor far into the winter. Marti told me, ". They ended up being very deep red, dense, juicy and nicely flavored. It was such a treat to have tomatoes to enjoy through the first part of January." Picture from Sustainable Seed Company.

Perfect for growing in a container on your balcony or patio, these compact, bush-type plants bear dozens of juicy and flavorful red tomatoes. Use them for fresh eating in a salad or for cooking in soups, sauces and stews. Maja is a great variety for Northern climates as it tolerates cooler growing conditions.

Requested by Kendra, she wants it because the plants yield lots of fruits that are high acid, good for canning and slicing, and does well here in the Northwest.

"Billed as 'the world's most expensive tomato'...'the world's best tasting tomato.' . Potato leaf variety producing moderate yields of 1-2 lb. beautiful, pink beefsteaks. Dense, creamy, sweet flesh with rich complex, old tomatoey flavors." TomatoFest.com

While It is late season, if offers a wonderful promise of beautiful dark pink/purple fruit with "wonderful sweet flavor" in abundance from vigorous plants that promise big yields of tomatoes from 8 ozs. to 1 lb. and some 2 lbs.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"This heirloom variety has become one of gardeners' favorite bicolored tomatoes because of its hearty, size, and taste. Large yellow-orange fruit are streaked with ruby red and have a sweet, fruity taste that is absolutely delicious. Tomatoes weigh about 1 pound, although they often become 2 lbs. or even more. Large harvests on vigorous vines."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

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Shaped like a large plum or small roma, Matt's Hornet is a gorgeous red with orange stripes.  The taste is described as similar to Matt's Wild Cherry but with more meat, less juice and much bigger size.  Vigorous plants produce heavy yields. 

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Very popular cherry heirloom loved for its outstanding flavor. Loads and loads of small red fruits on very vigorous vines. Great for salads.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

A new "find", this heirloom paste tomato comes to me via Mayre Lee in WA who has saved the seeds for about 40 years. She got her first seeds from a man in Milwaukie, OR, who said he got them from the owner of an Italian restaurant. Mayre Lee brought me several fruits, all at or over one pound each. They peeled easily uncooked, tasted very good and had lots of meat. I would use this one for sandwiches as well as sauces.

"Very large plants have an excellent set of huge, dark pink fruit with outstanding taste. It is unusual to find a variety that bears such large fruit in generous numbers, and maintains such superb taste. Expect steady, continuous production of tomatoes that weigh more than 1 lb. throughout the growing season. This family heirloom was brought into the U.S. by a Mexican family living in the Midwest."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Very prolific plants continue producing heavily throughout the entire season. Round dark-crimson ½" fruits give an incredible flash of rich tomato flavor, great for salads."  Text and picture from Seed Savers Exchange

"Among the rugged people of the Ozark mountains, rich flavor has made this variety famous for over 50 years and was used fresh and canned. They have a delectable sweet flavor and are beautiful coral-pink color. In the summer of 1950, Forrester Hutsell of Mountain Grove, MO, gave seed to Ed Henson of Champion, MO. He grew it locally for many years. In 1995, Carol Cleveland of Norwood, MO, sent Millionaire seeds to Neil Gillard of Ontario, Canada, and he has been preserving it since. He sent us some seed two years ago for trials. After many years and many miles, we can at last offer the seed again in southern Missouri, just 20 miles from Mountain Grove!"  Text and picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

"Big, pink fruit are very rich-tasting, certainly a favorite pink tomato. This potato-leaved variety has a long history in the "Show Me" state. It was grown since the Civil war by the Barnes family, who grew it as an ornamental, believing (as many people did at the time) that tomatoes or "love apples" were poisonous.." Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

"This is the most popular tomato in Japan, where gardeners prefer their tomatoes pink and sweetly flavored. Hybrid plants produce abundant crops of round, medium-sized, perfectly smooth tomatoes with no blemishes or imperfections. Their taste is wonderful, intensely rich and sweet, with just the right amount of acid."  Text and picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Winner of SSE’s 2007 Heirloom Tomato Tasting. Uniform bright orange globes with solid flesh, few seeds, and mild sweetness. Excellent keeper."  Keeps well after picking, also!  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Harris Seed Company has reintroduced this very popular hybrid that produces clusters of large, slightly flattened fruit with a rich red interior. Mona in NY likes Moretons so much that she has me ship the plants to her each year.

This is an old pink variety that has become one of my favorite large varieties. One slice will cover your hamburger with great taste and the plants are very productive. Late, yes, but most often ripen early enough to make you happy you planted it.

Customers have told me about this one, and I finally found it. Reports are that it is as good or better than my favorite early one, Stupice. If its taste is just equal, it will be a bit larger and well worth trying. Sally wrote me, "I’ve grown Moskovitch for 2 years and it does well in my somewhat sun challenged yard."

"Able to tolerate cool and wet conditions, this big red tomato produces attractive, 8-16 oz. slicers with good flavor. Developed by Dr. Randy Gardner at North Carolina State University. Vigorous plants provide plenty of leaf cover."  Text and picture from Johnny's Select Seeds.

Ever want a vine truss of small to medium sized tomatoes like you see in the stores? This one may be what you want. What really caught my attention was the claim that it is resistant to both early and late blight, that wiped out so many of our fall tomato plants in 2010. The fruit is small, about 2 ounces each, and are said to be crack resistant and still very flavorful.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

TomatoFest says Mr. Brown will produce a 6-foot tall regular-leaf plant that will bear moderate yields of beautiful mahogany-colored (or chocolate-colored), 8 to 12 oz., slightly flattened, irregular-shaped, beefsteak tomatoes that have big, wonderful, fruit-sweet, earthy, complex flavors. A good slicer that makes for a delicious sandwich tomato, or snacking fresh off the vine.  Picture from Marianna's.

"Also called Tigerella, this red and yellow-striped heirloom variety adds color to any gourmet salad bar. Large, ridge-shouldered fruits are mild-flavored and low in acid."  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Mule Team sounds like an ideal all purpose tomato. Reported to have excellent flavor and texture, these vigorus plants should yield lots of medium sized (8-12 oz.) bright red fruit right up to first frost.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"An old Great Plains heirloom reintroduced! Produces huge, globe-shaped fruits of a deep orange color, weighing up to 10 oz. each. Vigorous plants yield a heavy, concentrated set of fruit." Totally Tomatoes

"This terrific red tomato was developed by Anthony Neves, who brought seeds from the Azores. There he kept selecting for larger size, resulting in a huge, beautiful beefsteak with 1 to 3 lb. deep red fruit bursting with rich, full flavor. This very big and acidic tomato is perfect for a tomato sandwich or for adding to your best salad. Good Producer." Gary Millwood  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Tomato Grower's Supply catalog claims these plants will only grow about 2 feet tall, yet will produce delicious deep pink tomatoes 12 ozs. to 1 pound in size. Dates back to before 1915. Good in containers or in the garden.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"First early, great taste. Better tasting and more disease resistant than Early Girl. Holds better than First Lady II." Text and picture from Johnny's Select Seeds.

Get an early taste of home grown tomatoes before your favorite indeterminate varieties start producing. New Yorker does well in cool weather, producing lots of medium sized meaty fruits that resist spliting and blossom end rot.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

Nova provides a very high, early yields of 4-6 oz. bright orange grape tomatoes. Preform very well in the garden. They have a wonderful fresh taste. the fruits are not overly juicy so they make a great sauce. The good flavor improves when cooked. High resistance to blossom end rot. Vigorous plant stays healthy over a long season. One of Heather's favorites for eating and market.

"Great black tomato that is virtually blemish-free! Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, one of our all-time favorites." Text from Seed Savers Exchange. Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

From the Mennonite community of Virginia, Old German produces huge 1.5 to 2 lb. fruit that are yellow with red to pink stripes. Add to the unusual color an unusual boat shape and great taste for a real attention getter.

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"regular leaf plants. Large pink fruits are variably shaped, from blunt hearts to beefsteak shape. 8-17 oz. Excellent balanced flavor"  Text and picture from Tatiana's TOMATObase.

"This tomato will astound you with its productiveness! Plants set out striking 4-6oz. perfect bright orange globes of superior quality. All season plants set another fall crop." Marianna's Heirloom Seeds (Kay's grandmother's name was Olga.)

"Monster tomatoes, 1 to 2 lbs., from a Lebanese hill town - luscious and incredible! Taste-tempting pink fruits are huge, meaty and somewhat irregular - rich, sweet and juicy. … Harvest a prize-winning crop of huge, highly-produtive 5" monsters!"  Text from Totally Tomatoes.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

"Given to Carolyn Male by a Polish co-worker, brought to Amsterdam, New York around 1900. Phenomenal set of red 3" by 5" paste tomatoes, excellent fresh flavor. Very few seeds, great tomato for processing. Fruits hold well on the vine. Wispy, vigorous vines."  Text from Seed Savers Exchange.  Picture from Tomato Growers Supply.

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Great plant for small container as it only gets six to eight inches tall and can be grown indoors.  This would make an interesting pairing with Red Robin. 

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