2014 TASTE of TOMATO Voting Results

This year we again had a really great time at the 4th Annual Taste of Tomato. In spite of a chilly and foggy start to the morning, lots of gardeners and other tomato enthusiasts came out to share their tasty tomato successes and learn what other tomato treasures are growing well for gardeners in our area.  Participants also received up-to-date tomato-growing advice from Master Gardeners and Harlequin’s Gardens staff, learned how to save seeds from their tomatoes, and eight lucky people won valuable door-prizes.

A total of 64 different varieties were entered or donated, and quite a few of them were varieties we’ve not seen before. Carol O’Meara, Boulder County Extension Agent, donated samples of several varieties bred for resistance to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). Ollin Farms donated several new varieties, and Aspen Moon Farms donated the renowned heirloom Costoluto Genovese, which we had not seen much of in previous tastings. Some of the ‘old favorites’, like Brandywine, Pineapple, Aunt Ruby’s German Green and Kellogg’s Breakfast were missing from this year’s tasting. Every year is so different; this year many gardeners said their tomatoes were quite late to ripen because of the cool weather, some had significant disease problems, and many were very glad that they had started their tomato plants early in Solar Caps, enabling them to get earlier and bigger harvests.

When you view the results, bear in mind that each participant got to vote for only their top 5 favorites, and that samples of some varieties were in short supply, limiting the number of participants who got to taste them.  And some samples arrived either very early or very late in the event, again limiting their exposure. Some samples may not have been fully ripe, and their full flavor and sugars not fully developed. Of course everyone has their own palate, too. In view of all these factors, even if a variety received only one vote, it was still among somebody’s top 5, and that’s pretty good.  I personally found at least 8 favorites this year, and had to think hard about which ones to leave out.

Every spring, Harlequin’s Gardens nursery grows and sells organic starts for more than 60 different varieties of tomato.  Many of them are varieties that ranked high at Taste of Tomato events.  Check the Harlequin’s Gardens website for our list of vegetable starts each year at http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/

Big thanks to all of you who shared tomatoes, and to all the volunteers – you make it all possible! Please join us again next year for an even bigger and better 5th Annual Taste of Tomato!

2014 TASTE of TOMATO VOTING RESULTS

       
         

# of Votes

Variety Category Seed Type Grower’s Comments

0

Cherry Berry (Brown Berry) cherry open pollinated  

0

Endless Summer salad    

0

Indigo Rose salad hybrid  

0

Prima Roja salad    

1

Big Boy beefsteak hybrid  

1

Black Cherry cherry open pollinated  

1

Black Ethiopian salad heirloom  

1

Blondekopfchen cherry heirloom mild flavor, prolific

1

Bonnie Best small salad heirloom  

1

Creamy White Cherry cherry heirloom  

1

Fourth of July salad hybrid very early

1

Hillbilly beefsteak heirloom huge

1

Isis Candy cherry open pollinated  

1

Italian Roma paste heirloom  

1

La Roma II paste    

1

Northern Light salad open pollinated early, productive

1

Pink Bumblebee cherry open pollinated  

1

Primo Red salad hybrid TSWV-resistant

1

Red Gold salad    

1

Rutgers Indet. salad heirloom  

1

Stupice salad heirloom  

2

BHN 968 cherry hybrid TSWV-resistant

2

Early Girl salad hybrid  

2

Mountain Merit salad hybrid  

2

PS01522935 salad hybrid TSWV-resistant, vigorous

2

Sunlight beefsteak    

3

Big Beef beefsteak hybrid  

3

Costoluto Genovese salad heirloom Early, prolific, delicious

3

Green Doctors Frosted cherry open pollinated  

3

Red Zebra salad heirloom  

4

Carmello salad hybrid fabulous flavor, no disease

4

Cherokee Chocolate salad open pollinated  

4

Iowa Cherry cherry heirloom  

4

Lemon Boy salad hybrid  

4

Pink BerkeleyTie Dye beefsteak open pollinated  

4

Thessaloniki salad open pollinated growers favorite

5

Bella Rosa salad hybrid TSWV-resistant

5

Black Krim beefsteak heirloom  

6

Amana Orange beefsteak heirloom Meaty, delicious

6

Amish Paste paste heirloom  

7

Cherokee Purple beefsteak heirloom  

7

Jaune Flamme salad heirloom very productive

8

Indigo Kumquat cherry hybrid  

8

Mighty Mato salad hybrid Sweet

9

Cosmonaut Volkov salad heirloom sweet, low acid

9

Green Zebra salad open pollinated  

9

Yellow Pear cherry heirloom  

10

Black from Tula salad heirloom Early, prolific, delicious

10

Punta Banda cherry/paste heirloom Productive, drought-resistant, flavorful

11

San Marzano paste heirloom blossom end rot

11

Siberian Pink Honey beefsteak heirloom Good flavor, low yield

12

Chocolate Cherry cherry heirloom  

12

Chocolate Stripes beefsteak heirloom Beautiful, delicious

13

Roma, unnamed variety paste    

14

Super Sweet 100 cherry hybrid Very prolific, early, easy, disease-free

14

Sweet Million cherry hybrid  

17

Black Sea Man beefsteak heirloom Meaty, complex

19

Anasazi’ salad heirloom  

19

Glacier salad open pollinated best flavored very early, prolific, compact

20

Paul Robeson salad heirloom Meaty, complex

27

Sungold cherry hybrid Early, easy, prolific,very sweet