When the business and busy-ness of Harlequin’s Gardens finally quiets during winter, Eve pours overs seed catalogues and carefully chooses new vegetable varieties that promise to add to your gardening and eating delights the following season. Organic methods are used for all our vegetable starts to ensure a healthy beginning to your edible garden.
Days to maturity (days) – the approximate number of days from date of transplanting to date when crop begins to be ready to harvest.
Open Pollinated (OP) – A variety from which it is possible to collect and save seed that will produce plants with the same qualities and traits as the ‘mother’ plant. Care must, of course, be taken to prevent unintended cross-pollination from another variety. All heirloom varieties are open-pollinated. There are varieties that were originally developed as F1 hybrids, but through the patient efforts of gardeners, seed growers and breeders, have been selected and re-selected until a ‘stable’ hybrid has been achieved, transforming the hybrid into an open-pollinated variety. Some examples are Gypsy pepper, Gold Nugget tomato.
Heirloom – An old variety that owes its present availability to the seed-saving efforts of gardeners (rather than commercial seed growers), often for many generations. All heirloom varieties are open-pollinated.
Hybrid (hyb) – usually the first-generation offspring of two different varieties, not stabilized and therefore cannot reproduce itself in kind from seed.
Determinate (det) – Bush tomato varieties that spread laterally and should not be pruned, and may be grown with or without staking. Determinate varieties usually ripen their crop within a concentrated time period, so are a good choice for canning or drying. Many are good candidates for container-growing.
Indeterminate (ind) – Vining tomato varieties that are customarily staked, trellised or caged, and pruned for largest fruit. Caging/staking without pruning delays ripening, reduces fruit size, but increases production, prevents sunburn, and reduces fruit cracking and rotting. Indeterminate varieties produce and ripen fruit over an extended period until frost.
Cracking – splitting of tomato skin. Large-fruited varieties with low fruit-set and high sugar content are most likely to crack , but even some cherry tomatoes are subject to cracking. To reduce cracking, avoid heavy watering and wide day/night soil temperature fluctuations, and maintain adequate calcium delivery in your soil.
TSWV – certified resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. These plants are traditionally bred to resist an pervasive and persistent disease spread by thrips (tiny slender insects, adults have fringed wings but immature thrips are wingless) causing blackening of stems and leaves and a series of light-colored rings and swirls on the tomatoes themselves. While still edible, the fruit lacks the depth of flavor desired in a homegrown tomato. We will have a limited number of TSWV Certified tomato plants available for sale, but very high cost of the seed necessitates charging a premium for these plants.
NEW TOMATOES 2015
BIG BEEF – Indeterminate, 70 days: This is a de-hybridized version of an American favorite. These large, juicy, fruits combine old-fashioned beefsteak flavor with heavy yields. 1-pound, round to globe-shaped. Flavor is full and hearty with lots of sweet juice balanced with wonderful acidity. These giants slice up perfectly for big sandwiches. Fruit stays large even at the end of a long harvest season.
BURBANK – Heirloom, Determinate, 70 days: Plant produces heavy crops of 3-4 inch, red, round slicing tomatoes. Plant does well in dry regions and does not require trellising. Very good, well rounded and complex tomato flavors with a good amount of acidity. Tested very high in amino acids and is a popular canning tomato. Developed by Luther Burbank in 1915 in the USA.
COSTOLUTO GENOVESE heirloom, indeterminate, 78-85 days: An Italian, heat-loving, heirloom tomato that has been a favorite for many generations for both fresh eating and pasta sauce. The beautiful medium to large, glossy deep-red fruits have a singularly fluted profile, are deeply ridged, and heavily lobed. They are meaty, full-flavored, slightly tart, and delicious. Because of their scalloped edges, perfect for use in arrangements of different colored sliced tomatoes.
COYOTE CURRANT – Open Pollinated, Indeterminate, 75 days: A small, currant-like cherry tomato that is extremely prolific, producing hundreds to even a few thousand fruits on a single plant. Flavor is rich, sweet and high quality. Fruits ripen to very light yellow–really a creamy, translucent color. This variety was originally found growing wild in Mexico.
FIREWORKS – Heirloom, Indeterminate, 60 days: The largest of the super-early, red tomato varieties. Fruits are 2 1/2-inch, 8-12 oz., round, meaty with a pointed end. Exploding with a sweet, but well-balanced flavor these are an excellent choice for salads and sandwiches.
EVAN’S PURPLE PEAR Open-pollinated, Indeterminate, 75 days: A great producer of delicious, 2 oz., plum to pear-shaped ‘black’ tomatoes with excellent, sweet rich flavor, produced in beautiful clusters. Vigorous, productive, potato-leaf plants are disease-resistant. Ripe fruit holds exceptionally well on the vine and when picked. A wonderful snack or salad tomato, also great for sauce, paste and canning. Selected and introduced by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms from a chance hybrid of Pruden’s Purple.
GERANIUM KISS – Determinate/Dwarf, 80 days: Produces small 1 oz fruits with a tiny point on the blossom end. However it is the foliage that really stands out as the dark green foliage resembles that of a geranium. Suitable for growing in 2-3 gallon containers. Excellent flavor for an early tomato, fruits can keep well for a week or two, retaining the firmness and texture. Reported to have good blight resistance.
GOLD MEDAL – Indeterminate, 75-90 days: The 1-lb fruit are bi-colored tomatoes with the yellow fruit blushing with rosy red that radiates from the blossom end. Lovely! The firm flesh is of superior quality, being sweet and mild. They have very little acid; great for fresh eating. From the late, legendary seed collector, Ben Quisenberry.
GOLDIE – Heirloom, Indeterminate, 85-95 days: This large, dense, full-flavored orange-juice-colored tomato with low acidity has been grown and seed passed down by families for 150 years. It is believed to be a yellow version of Giant Belgium, and has huge tomatoes of a comparable size. The flavor is wonderful. Vine growth is vigorous and large.
HOUSE – Determinate, 80 days: Firm, juicy and delicious, medium large, round red fruits perfect for slicing are produced on bushy plants that do not need staking. Unusual, broad leaves protect the fruit from sunburn. Heat tolerant and crack resistant.
INDIGO APPLE open-pollinated, indeterminate, 75 days: With much better and sweeter flavor than Indigo Rose (the first ‘blue’ tomato), Indigo Apple is deep black-purple when immature, maturing to red with purple shoulders and stripes. The medium sized fruits are held in showy pendant clusters. Resists sunscald, cracking, and disease, and has excellent shelf-life. Very high in anthocyanins, lycopene and vitamin C, making it an exceptionally healthy choice.
KORALIK Open-pollinated, determinate, 57-61 days: Extra-early, great-tasting bright red 1” cherry tomato, said to be from Russia or Poland. Determinate plants can grow to up to 4′ tall and get very bushy. Prolific fruit set on large trusses, with all fruits on a truss ripening together. Fruits are slightly oval in shape, ripen to red, and have beautiful green shoulders when they are not ripe. Do not prune your plants, unless you want reduced harvest! Excellent sweet and rich flavor. Very disease-resistant.
MOUNTAIN MAGIC – VFF Hybrid, Compact Indeterminate, 72 days: This innovative new variety has great tasting tomatoes and important resistance to both early and late blight. Abundant long clusters of 2 oz., round deep red tomatoes are crack resistant, so they hold up very well after harvest. Their wonderful flavor combines bold acid perfectly balanced with a generous amount of sugar, adding up to a real taste treat.
MOUNTAIN PRINCESS – Determinate, 60-70 days: Orangey red and perfectly round 8 oz. fruits with mild tomato flavor and is a great choice for slicing or canning. Very productive plants bear quickly and ripen early; great for short, cool seasons. Works well in containers. Grown for generations in the Monongahela National Forest region of West Virginia
PINK BUMBLEBEE open-pollinated, indeterminate, 60-70 days: The name not withstanding, this beautiful cherry tomato is a striped gem, bright red with gold-orange striping. We tasted this recent introduction from Artisan Seeds at our 2014 Taste of Tomato and found it sweet and very flavorful. The vines are said to be vigorous, bearing crack-resistant fruits over a very long season, tolerating cool nights and hot days.
PRINCIPE BORGHESE – Indeterminate, 70-75 days: The Italian heirloom that is famous for sun drying. Small 1-2 oz. grape-shaped fruit have few seeds and a rich tomato taste that is wonderful for sauces. Vines yield clusters of fruit in abundance. Eat fresh in salad or make outstanding oven-roasted tomatoes (slice in half, drizzle with some olive oil, bake at 250°F until mostly done, sprinkle with fresh basil, oregano, etc.) use as Bruschetta topping or to freeze for later use. If dried they can be rehydrated for 10 minutes in water or broth and used in soups or stews, or on pizza.
PUNTA BANDA heirloom, semi-determinate, 68 days: Originally collected on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, this large cherry tomato produces hundreds of meaty red fruits with well-balanced sweet-tart flavors in spite of heat, full exposure, water stress and poor soil. Very high in lycopene. Great for snacking and salad, and excels at paste-making. Vigorous, bushy semi-determinate plants will continue fruiting until frost. Produces well in higher altitudes, warmer regions to desert regions. A staff favorite at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, AZ.
RIO GRANDE open-pollinated, semi-determinate, 75-80 days: An oval shaped red paste tomato, similar to Roma but with much larger, 4” fruits, produced in clusters. Flavorful flesh is perfect for making sauce and paste, and for canning. The vigorous, high-yielding, disease-resistant, semi-determinate plants produce multiple flushes of fruit until frost. They reportedly tolerate temperature extremes, and are well adapted to our hot days and cold nights. Rio Grande can be grown in containers (5 gal. or larger), in cages, allowed to sprawl, or trellised. They can be spaced as close as 24″ apart.
ROYAL CHICO – Determinate, 80 days: Very productive Roma type; vigorous plant yields bright red, pear-shaped fruit that are uniform and perfect for paste or canning. Very resistant to disease. This variety is becoming rare.
SAN MARZANO LAMPADINO paste heirloom, Indeterminate: San Marzano is a classic paste tomato, and this strain, imported from Italy, is particularly good. Vigorous vines carry large, lobed fruits, almost like elongated bell peppers. This strain has a pleasant and mild tomato flavor with very low water content. Fruit has thick flesh and open seed cavities. Yields are very high.
TIGERELLA – Indeterminate, 65-75 days: Tasty round, 2 inch fruit are bright red with orange stripes, juicy flesh and a brisk, tangy (tart) flavor. The yields are high even in cool summers, and it starts producing very early. It also has good disease resistance. Originating in England.
TINY TIM – Dwarf, 45 days: A heavy yielder with clusters of fine flavored, red fruit that are about one half inch in diameter. When grown in pots, this variety only grows ten to twelve inches tall and fourteen inches across. It may grow a bit bigger when planted in the garden. Fruit is juicy and has very good sweet/tart tomato flavors.
NEW TOMATOES 2014
AMELIA – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE in 2015 (75 days, hyb, det, TSWV) Bred primarily for the Southeast US, this Southern belle thrives in hot climates where she reliably produces high yields of firm, large, uniform, 8-10 oz fruit with good crack tolerance. Very flavorful picked either green or red; great for sandwiches, salads and salsas. Heavy yields, producing best with moderate pruning, so perfect for container gardening.
“ANASAZI” A mysterious and delicious entry in last year’s Taste of Tomato, sharing second place (with Pineapple). You won’t find this tomato from seed companies, as we saved seed from the tomatoes donated by the participant who simply said that it came from the location of an Anasazi ruin. We don’t have details on the plant or production, but the very dark red/purple/black, 2″, globe-shaped fruit had rich, complex, old-fashioned tomato flavor and pleasing texture. If you grow this one, please let us know what you think and how it performs in your garden!
AZOYCHKA – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (70 days, heirloom, semi-det) Named after a Russian woman, this tomato was found at the Bird Market in Moscow. The regular-leaf plants produce an abundant crop of smooth, glowing yellow-orange, round, slightly flattened, 6 oz or larger fruit. Flavor has been described as robust, complex, luscious, sweet, citrusy with good sugar to acid balance and is delicious fresh, cooked or canned. Rare seeds; dependably productive and delicious, plants do well in both warm and cooler regions, producing well into the season.
BEAM’S YELLOW PEAR (71 days, OP, ind) Yellow pears have been around since the 1700’s and this one is a favorite! Large bushy plants will even work in a patio or container garden and give you continuous quantities of uniform 1 oz, 1 1/2″ fruit until frost with zesty sweet flavor, ideal for salads and snacking. These are just like the little yellow pear tomatoes that your grandmother grew! Expect large yields and is a good producer even under cooler conditions.
BELLA ROSA (75 days, hyb, det, TSWV) Not just a beautiful tomato with a melodious name, this tomato is a really serious performer! High yields of large, 10-12 oz, bright red, round, firm and flavorful fruit with good balance of acid and sugar. A heat tolerant variety good for small spaces and container gardening.
COUR DI BUE (70 days, heirloom, ind) This curious and striking tomato is sure to turn heads as well as satisfy appetites. Its name is simply Italian for “ox heart” and it’s been a favorite in Italy for many years. The shape is bottom-heavy reminding you of a pouch with a gathered top. A large, 12 oz, sweet and tasty saucing type with dense flesh and lustrous, orange-red skin, it can be eaten fresh as well as cooked. Hard to find.
HEALTH KICK – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (72 days, hyb, det, TSWV) The perfect 4 oz “saladette” tomato, plum-shaped, bright red, juicy, and fine-flavored with one of the highest antioxidant lycopene contents. Sets loads of fruit under average growing conditions. Grows to 4′ tall if staked, so good to grown in a large container.
HONEY DROP CHERRY (62 days days, OP, ind) Originating as a chance sport in the tomato patch of Crabapple Farm in Maine, Rachel and Tevis Robertson-Goldbery selected and developed this OP rival to the ubiquitous Sungold hybrid, with all of its delicious fruitiness but much less cracking. The sweet, juicy, honey-colored, egg-shaped treats taste almost like light grapes and surpass many other cherry tomatoes in earliness, sweetness and complexity. You will likely see some of the recessive pink fruit off-types (currently being selected and developed as Pink Princess), but these are so yummy too!
MARIANNA’S PEACE (80-85 days, heirloom, ind) Marianna’s family were farmers in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, who were dispersed during World War II. Reunited in 1955, the tomato seeds were a gift to her from her father. The only known history is that this heirloom reached back to the early 1900’s and year after year, the tomatoes were treasured for their outstanding taste and beauty. This potato-leafed variety produces relatively lower yields of 1-2 lb, pink/red, beefsteak-type fruit reminiscent of Brandywine. Creamy, dense flesh and sugary nectar give exceptionally rich, luscious, complex flavors with good sweet and acid balance; the “old-fashioned” tomato flavors with is the stuff-of-dreams for tomato lovers.
OLGA’S ROUND YELLOW CHICKEN – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (70-80 days, Russian heirloom, ind) Very heavy production of 2 1/2″, 8 oz, orange yellow fruit with slightly tart flavor, excellent for eating fresh. Regular-leafed plants tolerate a wide range of conditions and produce blemish free tomatoes.
RED PEACH – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (79 days, Russian heirloom, ind) Fuzzy-skinned companion to the yellow Garden Peach but with a soft pink-red color and more flavor. Looks like a 2″ miniature peach; probably the sweetest of the Angora tomato varieties. Please eat as fresh as possible as this one doesn’t store well.
RUTGERS DETERMINATE (75 days, OP, det) The justly famous Rutgers tomato was developed in 1934 by this university for the Campbell’s Soup Co. No longer grown commercially it’s still one of the most popular New Jersey garden tomatoes. However, the original seed line was long lost so all seeds sold today are derivative selections, possibly different cultivars (explaining the existence of both determinate and indeterminate varieties)! Our selection should give you the original Rutgers qualities of 6-8 oz, uniform, smooth, bright red, handsome flattened globe-shaped fruit with sparking red internal color ripening from the center outward, yielding hearty and pleasing tomato flavor and meaty texture; good for slicing or canning. Compact, bushy plants have vigorous healthy foliage to ripen more fruit and reduce sun scald and produce fruit free from cracking.
SIBERIAN (59 days, OP, ind) The original Siberian tomato that inspired Seeds Trust to go to Siberia in search of more early ripening and delicious tomatoes in 1989. Red, round 3-4 oz fruit, hand selected for generations for fresh-picked flavor.
SPECKLED ROMAN PASTE – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (85 days, OP, ind) A stabilized cross of Antique Roman and Banana Legs by Seed Saver Exchange member John Swensen, this truly special paste tomato sports intriguingly beautiful wavy golden yellow stripes over its 5″ long red orange cylindrical body. Rich, tomatoey sweetness and good meaty texture makes delicious sauce and paste, but are so flavorful you can enjoy fresh in salads too. Vigorous plants heavily and reliably produce 4-6 oz fruit but are susceptible to disease in cool wet weather.
SUPERSWEET 100 (65 days, hyb, ind) With the same great flavor that made its predecessor Sweet 100 a garden standard for many years, Supersweet 100 has extra sweetness and better disease resistance (Verticillium and Fusarium wilts) and the highest Vitamin C content of any tomato. Bright red, 1″ globes are amazingly sweet and ripen prolifically on long pendulous clusters right up to frost.
ACE (80 days, heirloom, det) Ace is an old tried-and-true compact bush tomato that has excellent fresh tomato flavor. An old favorite for canning, 5″-6″ diameter, 6-8 ounce fruits are low-acid, and just the right size to quarter and pack into quart jars. Yields are exceptional and the fruits ripen over a 1-2 week period. May require the addition of lemon juice for safe canning. Ace is a great choice for growing in patio containers.
AMANA ORANGE (80-90 days, Iowa heirloom, ind) A top favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Eve and Mikl were highly impressed with this very large, ribbed golden-orange beefsteak-type tomato which is both meaty and juicy, with delicious sweet, fruity low-acid flavor (very much like Kellogg’s Breakfast). Fruits are typically 5” diameter and can weigh 2 pounds or more. Great slicer for sandwiches. Large, productive vines need good support. Its origin is mistakenly attributed to the Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa. It is actually a selection made by Gary Staley that he found growing in his tomato patch in 1984 in Brandon, Florida. He named it ‘Amana Orange’ because he was once employed by an appliance manufacturer in Amana, Iowa.
ANNA RUSSIAN (65-70 days, heirloom, ind) Reportedly brought to Oregon by a Russian immigrant generations ago. The beautiful pinkish-red 5-17 oz. fruits are heart-shaped, early, and juicy, with outstanding flavor. Vines have wispy/droopy foliage, (some tomato plants are just like that), but are tough and productive. Great for slicing and canning.
BLACK ETHIOPIAN (80 days, Ukraine or Hungarian? heirloom, ind) Top-ranked by local chef Bradford Heap in the 2011 Taste of Tomato. This vigorous plant with exceptional production over a long season has fruit with splendid, rich fruity flavor, slightly more acidic than sweet. The beautiful, very dark mahogany 5 oz oblong fruits are great for sauce or stuffing, but are “single-chambered”, with a medium-thick outer wall and mass of gel in the center so they’re not so good for slicing. Best used within a couple of days of harvest.
BLACK SEA MAN (75 days, heirloom, det) One of the very few compact ‘black’ tomatoes (can be grown in a mid-sized container where it can produce 20+ fruits!), this potato-leafed Russian heirloom bears an early and abundant crop of beautiful, large round 12-16 oz tomatoes with no dimples or lobes. Skin is deep mahogany-colored with green shoulders and the deep red flesh is rich with excellent complex, full-bodied, flavors. Introduced by Seed Savers Exchange in the early 1990’s. We loved the gorgeous, huge specimens grown and donated by Boulder’s Cure Farm at our Taste of Tomato last year.
CHOCOLATE CHERRY (70 days, OP, ind) Appearing in clusters of eight all over the fairly compact vine, the 1” to 1 ¼” fruits ripen from green to lavender to rich mahogany and are extremely flavorful. Fruits hold stems very well, resist cracking and can be picked several days before completely mature and allowed to ripen to perfection off the vine without sacrificing quality.
CHOCOLATE STRIPES (79 days, heirloom, ind) This one is a beauty queen – so lovely and unique, we had to try it. Fruit is deep reddish-brown inside; the outside is covered with beautiful orange and lime colored stripes. Very large regular-leaf plants yield an abundance of beautiful flattened round 3-6” fruits with delicious, sweet yet complex, earthy, rich flavor. Produces over a long season and well into autumn. A great sandwich and salad tomato.
COSMONAUT VOLKOV (65-72 days, heirloom, semi-det) Always a taste-test winner, this Ukranian tomato was a clear favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Compact, prolific plants dependably produce ripe fruits by early or mid-August, even in cold summers. The slightly flattened 8-12 oz (2-3”) globes are deep red with greenish shoulders. Delivers true tomato taste – rich, balanced, both sweet and tangy. Superb home-garden variety and works well in high tunnels.
DJENA LEE’S GOLDEN GIRL (78 days, heirloom, ind) Produces large striking golden orange fruit with meaty flesh and a semi-thick skin, developed in the 1920’s by Djena (pronounced “Zshena”) Lee, who was part Native American and the daughter of Minnesota financier Jim Lee. It was given to Rev. Morrow in 1929 when he was 15, and has been grown by his family ever since. It has an excellent balance of acid to sugar giving it a sweet yet tangy flavor that was so highly prized that it won first place at the Chicago Fair ten years in a row. Now on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Regular-leafed plants reportedly produce huge yields of 8-10 oz. fruits.
DR. WYCHE’S YELLOW (80 days, heirloom, ind) One of the great heirloom tomatoes featured in Dr. Carolyn Male’s book 100 Heirloom Tomatoes. The yellow fruits are large (up to 1 lb) slightly flattened globes with very rich flavored flesh, meaty and blemish-free. When completely ripe, they are golden-orange.
EVA PURPLE BALL SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (75-80 days, heirloom, ind) This very old German variety ranks high in Dr. Carolyn Male’s book on heirloom tomatoes. The pinkish-purple 2-3” (up to 5 oz) round fruits are juicy and sweet, smooth, uniform, very crack-resistant, easy to peel and blemish-free, and ripen evenly for harvest. Much loved for canning as well as salads, sandwiches, etc. Said to perform beautifully in hot weather and the lush plants have excellent disease resistance.
IDA GOLD – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE in 2015 (58 days, OP, det) These orange two-bite low-acid fruits are often the first tomatoes to ripen. They are early and prolific even in bad tomato years. Developed specially for the North by the University of Idaho, and a great choice for high-altitude gardens. An indifferent performer in so-so soil, but provides a bountiful harvest when fed compost and rotted manure.
MATT’S WILD CHERRY (55-70 days, heirloom, ind) These small deep red cherry/currant tomatoes explode with intense, sweet tomato flavor! Perfect to sprinkle on a salad. A cultivar ostensibly based on the original wild tomato plants, acquired by a friend of Dr. Matt Liebman in Hidalgo, Mexico. Liebman raised it in Maine, eventually releasing it under his own name. Tall, vigorous vines require staking. Reportedly resistant to Early Blight and somewhat resistant to Late Blight and frost.
MOONSTONE BLANCO (probably late-season, rare heirloom, ind) Pale ivory tomatoes blushed with a light golden glow, like a tiny full moon. These 3-4″ tomatoes have a “perfect sweet-tart flavor”, plus a firm, solid texture—one of the top favorites of our seed supplier.
MYONA PASTE – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (95 days, heirloom, ind) Abundant late-season yields of pointed oblong fruits with thick flesh and small seed cavities, reportedly very tasty for fresh eating, cooking and canning. An early introduction from Seed Savers Exchange. The old Italian farmer’s market vendor with whom it originated replied when asked the tomato’s name, “It’sa my owna”. We recommend setting plants out early in Solar Caps to ensure a harvest.
PINEAPPLE (85 -95 days, heirloom, ind) High yields of colossal, meaty 1 to 2 lb golden beef-steak type fruits with red streaks inside and out. Unique, sweet, fruity, full flavor. Sometimes the shape is funky, but slices are beautiful on the plate! ‘Pineapple’ tomatoes donated to our 2012 Taste of Tomato event were the top favorite in the slicing/beefsteak category.
PLUM TIGRIS (75-80 days, heirloom, det) A pretty plum or heart-shaped variety that has shining red and yellow stripes; very unusual. Compact 3’ plants produce lots of 4 oz fruit with mild but very good flavor. The thick dry flesh is great for paste, sauce, salsa, drying. Fruits are almost hollow, making them excellent for stuffing. Tolerates both hot and cold summers; grows well in a large container. This colorful paste tomato was sent to the USA by Andrey Baranovski, from Minsk, Belarus.
AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN GREEN (85 days, heirloom, ind) Ranked in the top 10 for flavor by aficionados, the 12-16 oz fruits are ripe when they blush lightly yellow with amber-pink tint at the blossom end. The green flesh is faintly marbled with pink. Flavor is described as sweet and tart, rich and spicy.
BLACK TRUFFLE or JAPANESE BLACK TRIFELE (69-80 days, heirloom, ind) Pear-shaped, burgundy-black 6-8 oz fruits with pretty green shoulders are high in both sugar and acid, with intense, complex, full-bodied flavor. Great for slicing, caprese, salads and roasting. Short potato-leaf plants have huge production of smooth, crack-resistant, medium-sized fruit. Don’t over-water and you’ll be rewarded with deep, chocolatey, smoky, rich-flavored tomatoes!
EVERETT’S RUSTY OXHEART – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (75 – 90 days, rare heirloom, ind) Truly unique, beautiful and exciting. Skin is metallic bronze-russet with chartreuse shoulders, and flesh is a rainbow of neon pink, green and gold, meaty and juicy. Oxheart-shaped fruit are medium-large and the delicious flavor is a combination of fruity, zippy and tangy.
GRANDMA AIELLO’S (rare heirloom, ind) Medium-sized, pink-red, heart-shaped fruit with tender skin, juicy and delicious. Large plants need support. Brought from Calabria, Italy by Maria Aiello in 1929, grown and saved by family for three generations in Racine WI.
GREEN DOCTORS FROSTED (79 days, OP, ind) A sport from a yellow heirloom cherry tomato (Dr. Carolyn). Large vines produce huge yields of delicious oval ¾” x 1 ¼”, sweet, low-acid, frosty kiwi-green fruits that blush gold when ripe. A top favorite at our 2011 Tomato Tasting. Named after Dr. Amy Goldman & Dr. Carolyn Male, both writers of great tomato books. Resists Early Blight.
GREEN ZEBRA (75 days, OP, ind) Beautiful dark green/gold striped 3” round crack-free fruits are sweet, flavorful and well-balanced. Bred from heirloom varieties.
ISIS CANDY (67 days, OP, ind) Delightful 1″ round morsels of red and gold garden candy have a dazzling starburst pattern on the blossom end when ripe. Sweet and fruity, in clusters of 6-8, on large, prolific plants. A top 10 winner at tomato tastings, rivaling Sun Gold’s flavor as a best-of-show cherry. Crack-resistant, regular leaf. Bred by Joe Bratka of New Jersey.
MAMMOTH GERMAN GOLD (85 days, heirloom, ind) A bi-color gem we discovered at our 2011 Tomato Tasting. Very productive of beautiful, huge 2 lb, golden-orange tomatoes with red streaks radiating from the blossom end. Extremely flavorful, with intense fruity, well-balanced flavor, not overly sweet. American heirloom dating back to the 1800’s.
MT. ROMA – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (68 days, OP, det) Very early, very dependable paste tomato for short-season gardens and cold areas. Firm, pear-shaped 2-3 oz fruits are borne on compact plants so good for container gardening.
ORANGE BANANA PASTE – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE in 2015 (85 days, heirloom, ind) A paste tomato said to make the very best and most beautiful sauces! Flavor is very sweet and lively, with vivid fruity complexity. Also great for drying, jam, salsa and salads. Attractive cylindrical orange fruits 3-4” long (4-5 oz). Water consistently as most paste varieties are prone to blossom-end rot if soil dries out. Introduced from Moscow in Seed Savers Yearbook.
VALENCIA (76 days, rare heirloom, ind) Sunny orange, smooth, round 8-10 oz mid-season heirloom from Maine, grows well in northern and cooler climates. Fruit possesses refreshing, full, complex flavor with great balance of sweet and acid, and smooth, meaty texture with few seeds. Described as rich, buttery, fruity, pineapple-like, sweet, like a ripe ground-cherry. This threatened variety is on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.
AURORA (65 days, OP, ind) Bountiful, round, scarlet 2-3 oz fruits with outstanding five-star flavor. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites for fresh eating. Bred in Russia for short-season gardens. An Aurora planted early in one of our Solar Caps in 2012 bore at least 140 delicious, ripe, 2″ fruits in Eve’s garden!
BEEFSTEAK (96 days, heirloom, ind) The classic tomato lover’s tomato – large and meaty, delectable flavor, the old favorite to slice for sandwiches or for any dish calling for rich tomato flavor! Use a sturdy cage to support the more than 6′ vines and 1-2 lb fruit produced from late summer until frost.
BELLSTAR PASTE (70 days, OP, det) Extremely productive plants bear 2-2 1/2″, 4-5 oz fruit almost double the size of most plum-type tomatoes. Early variety perfect for short seasons and compact 15″-2′ plants become nearly covered with fruit, so great for patio/container gardening and concentrated harvests. Tomatoes are resistant to cracking and smooth, delicious flavor and fleshy interior is excellent for sauce/paste, processing, slicing and fresh eating.
BLACK CHERRY (75 days, OP, ind) Round, red-black cherry tomatoes with the exceptional complex flavor of the full-sized heirloom ‘black’ tomatoes. Somewhat later for a cherry, fruits ripen slowly and individually until frost, but are worth the wait! A big favorite at local farmers markets.
BLACK FROM TULA (70-80 days, Russian heirloom, ind) This was the happiest, healthiest, most prolific and most delicious full-sized tomato in our 2010 trials. Vigorous, medium-sized plant bears loads of 3” to 4 ½” mahogany fruit with green shoulders and deep red interior flesh. The flavor is superb – rich, complex, sweet, tart even spicy. Winner of Boulder Culinary Gardeners’ tomato-tasting in 2010 and one of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. Very heat-tolerant (produced in the heat of 2012 when many others did not)., this is also the only variety we know of that reportedly tolerates being planted in cooler soil without stunting or compromising the performance of the plant.
BLACK KRIM (69-80 days, Russian heirloom, ind) One of the most productive heirloom tomatoes and early too! Striking fruits are black, green and iridescent purple-red on the outside, partly black in the glistening interior. Fruits average 12 to 18 oz. Has unusual flavor described as sweet, intense, smoky, and texture is juicy and meaty. Important – harvest Krims when half green and still firm – at that stage they are dead ripe and delicious. If you wait too long, they will be mealy and over-the-hill.
CHIANTI ROSE (Sorry – not available in 2015) (80 days, heirloom, ind) Abundant, big, rosy-red fruits of the beefsteak type. A crack-resistant Brandywine cross with superb flavor and creamy texture. Vigorous potato-leaf variety, tolerates cool summers.
GALINA CHERRY (59 days, Siberian heirloom, ind) Large, sprawling plants yield copious amounts of golden-yellow, quarter-sized cherry tomatoes in long, full clusters. Arguably the most flavorful of the Siberians, its very sweet flavor has delicious richness and complexity that will tempt snacking in the garden before they make it onto a salad or homemade pizza! These are good keepers and won’t crack as some cherry tomatoes will do.
GARDENER’S DELIGHT (68 days, OP, ind) Bred in Germany in 1950-51, this is a parent of the famous hybrid ‘Sweet 100′. Abundant 1″ to 1½” deep red cherry tomatoes resist cracking and are meaty, juicy, sweet and richly flavored. The large plants need staking and will bear until frost. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites.
GOLD NUGGET – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (55-60 days, OP (stabilized from original hybrid), det) Very prolific compact plant bears delicious 1”+ golden-yellow, pretty egg-shaped fruits packed with sweet tomato flavor. The skin is tender yet crack-free, and there are few seeds. Usually the first to ripen; great for eating out of hand, in salads, or for drying. The healthy plants are great for growing in containers and small gardens.
JAUNE FLAMME (70 – 80 days, French heirloom, ind) Beautiful, small, deep orange, apricot-shaped fruits are 2-3 oz, great for fresh eating, but also for drying or sauce. Very prolific.
JULIET (60 days, hyb, indeterminate) The 1999 All America Selection, this tomato plant produces deep red, 2″ (1 oz), oval, crack-resistant fruit borne in large clusters. A versatile tomato perfect for fresh eating, drying, marinating. Vigorous plants are disease-resistant.
KELLOGG’S BREAKFAST (85 days, Midwest heirloom, ind) Stunning, brilliant golden-orange, meaty beefsteak tomatoes are 4 to 5″ (1-2 lbs) or larger! Old-fashioned flavor is rich, fruity and full, among the best-tasting heirlooms of all time. The vigorous vines require staking. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. In 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, Dr. Carolyn Male says, “There isn’t another large orange beefsteak variety that I’d rather grow than Kellogg’s Breakfast.” We agree! This fine tomato originated with Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan.
MARTINO’S ROMA (75 days, heirloom, det) High yields of 2 oz red paste tomatoes are borne in clusters from mid-season to frost. Richly flavored, meaty fruit makes superb sauces. Compact plants with rugose, dark green foliage are blessedly immune to blossom end rot, perfect for container gardening!
MEXICO MIDGET (60-70 days, heirloom, ind) Old-time, south-of-the-border favorite that consistently proves its value as a salad tomato. Hundreds of tiny 1/2″, dark red, round, cherry-type fruit explode with irresistible flavor. Very reliable and prolific harvests throughout an extended growing season.
NORTHERN LIGHT (58 days, Montana heirloom, det) Beautiful, dependable, prolific, flavorful and incredibly early Beefsteak tomato. Profuse fruit are 2-3”, smooth, round, red-orange growing on compact vines.
PAUL ROBESON (78-90 days, heirloom, ind) Rare, maroon-brick 6-12 oz slicer boasts prize winning distinctive sweet smokey flavor. We tasted this one in 2009 for the first time and were very impressed. Pick while shoulders are still green and the fruit is firm.
PURPLE CALABASH (75 days, heirloom, ind) Unusual 3″ wide x 1½” fruits shaped like Cinderella pumpkins are very deeply ruffled, with light green-purple shoulders shading to dark purple toward base. Flesh is deep purple. Frequent winner of blind taste tests, with very complex, rich blend of rich tomato flavors reminiscent of a fruity Cabernet wine. Ours were very productive, and plants reportedly yield abundantly even under very hot and dry conditions. Delicious fresh, and makes awesome roasted tomato sauce. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites.
SAN MARZANO (80 days, OP, ind) Classic Italian paste tomato favored by chefs for its firm pulp, low seed count and easily removed skin making it a favorite for paste, puree and canning. Sauce will have rich tomato flavor when cooked down. Produces heavy yield of medium 4 oz fruit which resist cracking and hold well on the vine and in storage.
SASHA’S ALTAI (59 days, Siberian heirloom, ind) Slightly flattened 3”, 5-8 oz bright red fruits are incredibly early, sweet, flavorful and prolific, consistently winning blind taste tests.
SIBERIAN (64 days, Siberian heirloom, ind) Flavor-packed, red, 1-4 oz fruit, vary in shape from round to oval or pear-shaped, but are consistently very sweet and delicious. Eve grew this in a large pot in 2010 (and every year since) and it was love at first bite. A top favorite small salad tomato at our Taste of Tomato events.
TAXI (65-70 days, heirloom, det) Possibly the best yellow variety for short season areas plus good for containers or small gardens. Taxi produces bright yellow, 4-6 oz, smooth and blemish-free fruit with meaty flesh and mild acid-free flavor, excellent for salads, sandwiches or bright splash of color in a salsa. Harvest heavy yields over a 3-4 week period.
THESSALONIKI (75 days, Greek heirloom, ind) Beautiful, smooth, round, red, baseball-sized (5 to 8 oz) tomatoes with outstanding, rich, classic flavor. Resists cracking, blemish, sun scald and rot. Great for slicing, salads, canning and keeps well. Plants are very productive and very dependable. If you have room for just one indeterminate tomato variety, this may be the one!
WINDOW BOX ROMA – SORRY NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015 (70 days, hyb, det) This disease-resistant plum tomato was bred to be grown in pots and window boxes. It produces 2-3 oz red paste tomatoes on thick stems that need no support. The pear-shaped fruit makes delicious sauce and is also good for salads and snacking. Despite being a dwarf plant, it will produce multiple flushes of fruit.
- AMISH PASTE (85 days, heirloom, ind) Very meaty, rich, sweet flavor intensifies in sauces. Consistent taste test winner, fresh or cooked into sauce/paste. Makes “tomato candy” when dried!
- BRANDYWINE (85 days, heirloom, ind) Classic rich flavor, squat lobed fruits to 7″ across!
- CARMELLO (75 days, Hybrid, ind) Large crops of 5-7 oz fruits, juicy, outstanding flavor, healthy vines.
- CHEROKEE PURPLE (77 days, heirloom, ind) Delicious deep pink 3-4″ fruits now on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.
- GLACIER (55 days, OP, semi-deter) Best ultra-early variety with rich tomato flavor, 2″ fruits.
- PEACEVINE CHERRY (78 days, OP, ind) Gazillions of sweet 1″ nutritious red fruit on rampant vines.
- PRUDEN’S PURPLE (72 days, heirloom, ind) Large, dark pink, wonderful flavor, exceptionally early and delicious Brandywine-type.
- SILETZ (70 days, OP, det) Earliest big tomato, excellent flavor, disease resistant
- STUPICE (65 days, Czech heirloom, compact ind) Cold-tolerant, early, 2″ sweet fruit, productive.
- SUNGOLD (57 days, hyb, ind) Plentiful, plump, tangerine-colored, 1″ fruit, very sweet and juicy, fresh or dried. The most popular cherry-type every Taste of Tomato event, and a customer favorite. Fully ripened fruit have best flavor but are prone to cracking.
- SUPER SIOUX/LAKOTAH (75 days, heirloom, ind) Juicy old-fashioned flavor. Very dependable and productive; OK in cool weather.
NEW FOR 2015:
WISCONSIN LAKES OP, 75days: A reliable and heavy-yielding bell pepper for Northern gardens, developed in the 1960s at U. of Wisconsin. The 4-6” tall, thick-walled fruits are juicy and sweet, ripening to green in 75 days, or leave to mature to red.
BIG RED OP, 75 days: A newer open-pollinated bell pepper that vies with the hybrids for highest yields. Provides an abundance of 4”, 4-lobed, thick-walled, very sweet and crisp red peppers for salads, stuffing, etc.
SWEET RED CHERRY heirloom, 75 days: Small plants produce dozens of 1”-2” round fruits that turn from green to red. Fine sweet flavor, ideal for canning, pickling, stuffed appetizers.
CUBANELLE heirloom, 65 days: A classic frying pepper that defines many Mediterranean dishes. The elongated, flattened fruit starts out yellowish-green and changes to red. Thin-walled, productive and very early.
CORNO di TORO YELLOW heirloom, 72 days: Shaped like a bull’s horn, these 6”-8” peppers turn from green to vivid bright red, and are exceptionally sweet and tasty. Saute or use fresh.
RED CHEESE heirloom, 85days: Distinctive flattened and ribbed/lobed pumpkin-like shape gives this beautiful deep red pepper the alternate name of ‘squash pepper’. Thought to be the original pepper from which the Bell pepper was selected. Fruits, borne on erect 2’ plants, are thick-walled, sweet and very flavorful, great cooked or in salads and can be dried and ground to produce paprika.
MARTA POLKA open-pollinated, 75 days: A Polish variety producing large, elongated, thick-walled sweet bells which ripen to golden yellow. Plants are very compact, but very productive. Tolerates adverse growing conditions. Also a great choice for low-tunnel growing, early- and late-season, or container planting.
NEW PEPPERS FOR 2013:
64 days, Hybrid
A very vigorous early-maturing bell pepper producing uniform square, blocky, thick-walled sweet fruits which start out ivory, mature to gold and eventually to bright red. Perfect shape for stuffing. Compact plants are 18-24” tall, 12” wide, with good foliar cover to prevent sunscald, and good heat and disease resistance. Can be grown in medium to large containers (EarthBox, Smart Pot, 16”- wide resin or ceramic)
80 Days Open Pollinated
Early and prolific even in bad pepper years – well-grown plants should produce 15 to 20 peppers per plant. Sweet, juicy red peppers have rich, fruity flavor – great for eating fresh or roasted, classic for canning.
New in 2012:
CHABLIS BELL PEPPER: 60 days, hybrid
Extra early maturity, juicy, sweet, fruits mature from cream, though orange and
finally to luscious deep scarlet. Blocky shape, thick walls, and useful 4” x 3”size make these 18 – 24” bushes ideal for the small garden and in containers. Resistant to Tobacco mosaic and bacterial spot viruses, (replaces North Star). Excellent in fresh salsa, salad, roasting or for stuffing or pickling.
SWEET RED CHERRY PEPPER: 75 – 80 days, heirloom
Small, ever-bearing plant to 20” tall produces high yields of thick-fleshed 1 to 2” round, flattened fruits, turning from green to deep red when mature. The very sweet fruits are ideal for salads, pickling, canning or stuffing. Good in containers or garden.
SWEET BANANA PEPPER: 72 days, Hungarian heirloom
Produces abundant 6”-long Hungarian-type peppers, often more than 20 per plant. Yellow fruits ripen to crimson. Flavor is sweet and slightly spicy.
GATHERER’S GOLD ITALIAN FRYING PEPPER: 70 days. Open Pollinated
A gorgeous, golden variation of the quintessential, sweet Italian frying pepper. 7 to 10”-long, tapered, smooth-skinned fruit are very sweet and tasty with few seeds. Fruits remain golden even at full maturity and are superb fried or raw. Large, vigorous, prolific plants. Selected by Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds.
80 day, Open Pollinated
Bears at least a dozen thick-walled 6-8” tapered fruits; ripens from green to chocolate-brown with burgundy flesh inside, really delicious rich flavor.
75-80 day, Open Pollinated
Vibrant orange large blocky 4-5” bells with 3 to 4 lobes are thick & juicy, with zippy-sweet flavor, borne on productive, erect, sturdy 20” plants. Adds a bright splash of color to salads, paninis, stir-fries, mixed grilled veggies.
Early Mountain Wonder
70 day, Open Pollinated
Selected by Seeds Trust from California Wonder, vigorous 24-48” plants produce thick-walled blocky 4×4” green peppers turning bright red when fully ripe. Tolerates cool temps, no sunscald.
California Wonder – 65 – 70 day, Open Pollinated, Big sweet blocky bells, no sunscald, ripens red, tolerates cool temps.
Revolution – 72 days, hybrid, Extra-large bells, very stout, square, sweet, high yields, disease resistant.
Sweet Pickle – 65 day, Open Pollinated
12-15” plants covered with clusters of sweet thick-walled tapered fruits change color from yellow to red, orange and purple, with all colors on the plant at the same time. Another beauty for salads, pickling, appetizers, and makes an ornamental plant in a pot.
75 day, hybrid
Heavy yields of dark red, wide-shouldered, horn-shaped sweet Italian peppers for roasting, frying, or eating fresh. 28 x 16” compact plants are great for containers, too.
75 day, Open Pollinated
Said to yield even better than hybrids, bearing abundant 4” thick-walled, crisp, very sweet red peppers.
65 days, Open Pollinated
Great sweet pepper flavor, long, yellow, very productive, tolerates cool temps and high heat, dry conditions. Gypsy was originally introduced as an F1 hybrid, but has been grown out and selected over many years until it was re-released as an open-pollinated variety. Yea!
70-80 days; Heirloom
Extremely productive plants are loaded with 2-3″ round peppers with thick meaty flesh. They ripen from creamy-white to red. The flavor is sweet and delicious, with just a hint of warmth. One of the best for drying when red and then powdering for paprika; also great fresh.
76 days, Heirloom (Italy)
Listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Thin-walled, 8″ long frying peppers on very heavy-yielding plants. Long, curved, tapering pointed fruits turn deep red with shiny, wrinkled skin when ripe. The wonderful sweet, mild flavor is good raw, in stir-fries, and especially fried. Brought to Connecticut in 1887 from Southern Italy by Jimmy Nardello’s mother.
King of the North
70 days, OP
Reliable yields of large sweet blocky bells turn from green to red; prolific yields even in short-season areas and cool climates.
Quadrato d’Asti Giallo
80 days, OP
Fruits are HUGE with very thick brilliant golden yellow flesh and have delicious, sweet rich flavor. Excellent for stuffing, frying or salads. One of the largest yellow bells, beautiful and blocky.
80 days, Heirloom
Candy-sweet, round, flat 3″ pimento-type peppers with thick, red flesh. Great for stuffing or fresh eating. Very productive plants. Once used to color cheese, hence the name.
NEW FOR 2015:
TABASCO heirloom 85 days: Imported to the US in 1846 from Tabasco, Mexico, this pepper made its way to Avery Island, LA, where the McIlhenny family used it in a hot sauce that became so popular and famous that now Tabasco sauce is synonymous with hot sauce. The 2”-long, tapered Tabasco is a very hot pepper, borne in copious quantities on a short, compact plant.
NEW FOR 2013:
HABANERO (aka SCOTCH BONNET)
90 days, Heirloom
By Popular Demand: one of the most blisteringly fiery peppers, from 200,000 to 325,000 Scoville units (compare with Early Jalapeno at 4,000 to 6,500 Scovilles!). Small plants to 18” tall will set 10-20 pendulous dark green fruits which mature to bright orange. Great for greenhouse and container growing. Likes night-time temperatures 70 degrees and above. Key ingredient in West Indian jerk sauce.
85 days, Open Pollinated
Not as hot as a typical Anaheim. High yields of 7” x 1” tapered fruits are great fresh, dried, roasted or pickled. From New Mexico.
New Mex Sandia Hot
85-100 days, Open Pollinated
Early maturing, productive, mildly hot 7 x 1” high-quality fruits ripen from green to red. Often used green, fresh or pickled, or dried when red.
85 days, Open Pollinated
A very popular chile. Medium-hot large 8” fruits are excellent roasted and stuffed for chile rellenos.
New Mexico #6 – Open Pollinated – very mild chili, best used green, all purpose, early, drought-tolerant, delicious. One of our most popular chiles.
Espanola Improved– Open Pollinated – medium hot chili, for short growing season, red, productive. One of our most popular chiles.
Very popular! Large, deep green heart-shaped medium to mild chile, the standard for rellenos, mole, soups and salsa fresca. Most of the heat is found in the ribs and seeds. It is particularly popular during the Mexican independence festivities as part of a dish called chiles en nogada, considered one of Mexico’s most symbolic dishes by its nationals, and incorporates green, white and red ingredients corresponding to the colors of the Mexican flag. After being roasted and peeled (which improves the texture by removing the waxy skin), poblano peppers are preserved by either canning or freezing. Storing them in airtight containers keeps them for several months. When dried, the poblano turns black-red and becomes a broad, flat, heart-shaped pod called an ancho chile (meaning “wide”); from this form, it is usually ground into a powder used as flavoring in various dishes.
85 days, Heirloom
Originated in the mountains of Mexico. Plants are 2-3’ tall, and the 2.5-4” blunt peppers are about 5 times hotter than Jalapeno. Use fresh, no steaming or peeling required.
Bulgarian Carrot (aka Shipka)
68 days, Heirloom
Glossy fluorescent orange, thin-walled 1.5” – 3.5” tapered peppers are fruity and hot, borne in clusters near the main stem on a compact plant. Use in chutney, salsa, marinade, hot sauce, or dried and ground.
85 days, Heirloom
Mild to medium hot 4” x 2” chiles on vigorous plants. Similar to Ancho/Poblano but slightly different bittersweet flavor. Ripens from deep green to chocolate brown.
Nu Mex Joe E. Parker
75 days, OP
An 8”-long, thick-walled, mildly hot (500 – 2500 Scoville Heat Units) Anaheim type pepper excellent for stuffing or roasting. Turns red when mature and is used in New Mexico for dried pepper wreaths and ristras. A unique feature of this pepper is its incredible continuing production after the initial harvest.
78 days, Open Pollinated
Old favorite ‘Chile Verde’ for rellenos. The 7″ tapered fruits are pungent but not very hot.
90 days, OP
This wonderful ristra chile pepper named for the famed hill-town outside of Santa Fe NM turns from green to red when mature. Heavy yields of 4″ long hot peppers are also good used fresh green or red for stews and sauces.
~85 days or longer, OP, original seed brought from Italy
Unique, brilliant orange-scarlet, small, pendant peppers shaped like flaring bells are gracefully borne mostly on the main stem of tall, exceptionally pretty plants. Flesh of the fruits is tasty and mildly piquant, seeds and ribs are hotter. Traditionally used to season pasta dishes, but they’re so ornamental, we recommend growing some for arranging in a vase too! Takes a long season but if harvested green they will ripen to orange quickly indoors. In 2009 we grew ours in a big pot – the two plants reached over 5′ tall and bore over 90 peppers! We had to bring the pot into the greenhouse when early frost threatened, and it produced happily there for months.Then it moved to someone else’s greenhouse, where, we hear, it is thriving still!
Purple Cayenne – 70 days, Open Pollinated, masses of beautiful purple narrow 3″ hot peppers, ripen to glowing deep red. Use fresh or dry when fully ripe. 2′ plant is very pretty, with stems and leaves infused with purple. Makes a striking patio container plant.
Early Jalapeno – OP 75 days, 3″x1″ fruits, very hot, early, use green or red in salsa, etc.
Pasilla – 78 day Open Pollinated, easy, prolific 4-8″ long dark brown, smoky, fruity, ‘secret’ chili ingredient.
- Jersey Giant- Roots, 5 per bundle: All-male hybrid with bigger spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Very productive, disease-resistant, Hardy to Zone 2.
- Jersey Knight –1 gallon pots: All-male hybrid with bigger spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Best selection for dense clay soils. Very productive and disease-resistant. Zone 2. Sorry- NA in 2013
- Purple Passion – Roots, 5 per bundle: Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, tender, less stringy, great raw in salads.
- Piracicaba – 56 day OP, like a cross between broccoli and raab; tender, productive, eat raw/cooked. Best grown for for fall harvest; therefore we will have available in early summer only.
- Limba – OP 70 day, New high-performance, heat-tolerant broccoli makes 8″ blue-green heads w/ medium beads, good flavor, decent producer of side-shoots.
- Nutribud – 58 day OP, nutritious, large heads, many side-shoots, delicious mild flavor
- Fiesta – 86 day hyb, compact plants, tight domed heads, big side-shoots, stands hot, cold
- Arcadia – 94 days hyb, Rugged plants stand up to heat,cold, mildew; refined heads in summer hold well
- De Cicco – 48 day OP, Italian heirloom, mild, compact, productive w/side shoots, very early
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli-120 days, OP heirloom: Extremely cold-hardy broccoli that must over-winter before setting heads and bud-shoots. Tall (30”) plants bear 12-18” diam. Loose heads. Harvest early to late spring as tender, sweet purple shoots develop. Avoid cutting early leaves as they protect developing shoots. When Cooked, purple shoots turn green. High in anthocyanins (an anti-oxidant). Available in midsummer for crop the following spring.
- Minestra Nera/Spigariello/Leaf Broccoli-65 days, OP heirloom. Instead of heads this Italian heirloom produces sweet, broccoli-flavored leaves and tops over a long season. The more you cut, the more you get! Pick as needed for soups, stews, pasta, ravioli-stuffing, stir-fries and salads. A gourmet treat used in the traditional Italian soup ‘Minestra’, hence the name.
- Red Express – OP 60 days,very early, bred for north; beautiful dense solid red 2 lb. heads have excellent flavor
- Red Acre – OP, Solid round red-purple heads weighing 2-4 lbs. Compact, sure-heading, stores well. Good size for raised beds, small gardens.
- ALL SEASONS – NEW
87 days, Heirloom (~1890)
Large, broad, flattened heads, very solid and sure-heading, reaching 10-14 lbs. Tolerates hot, dry weather. Stores well, and great for sauerkraut.
- KAILIN – NEW
94 days, Open Pollinated
Kailin is a large, late-season cabbage that produces a high quality, white, high dry-matter cabbage, great for sauerkraut. It is a mid-term storage cabbage that will store well until December or January. Kaitlin’s interior remains quite white after storage. Yellows resistant.
- Graffiti – 80 day hyb, delicious, gorgeous heads are brilliant purple raw & cooked, self-blanching, high in antioxidants
- Romanesco Cauliflower – 80 days A cross between broccoli and cauliflower. Tastes like sweet cauliflower, but the heads are green and pointy – look architectural!. Harvest heads when buds are tight. Delicious raw or lightly steamed. Plant 1-2′ apart in rich soil, full sun.. Available for early summer planting/late fall harvest.
- Early Snowball
The variety we have started for you is called ‘Brilliant’; here’s the description from the seed grower:
Open pollinated, 110 days. Celeriac is a type of celery grown for its baseball sized, nutty-flavored roots. This European strain is an excellent early-maturing variety. Selected from our trials for its uniform, nearly fiberless white, 3-5 inch diameter roots and good productivity. Stores well. Peel, cut into bite-sized pieces, and sauté. Delicious!
Your spring garden is barely emerging from its cold winter’s sleep, but vegetable gardeners along with farmers must fast forward in their mind’s eye to plan ahead for a bountiful fall harvest. One of the long season vegetables which will reward the thoughtful gardener with both crunchy winter salads and creamy warming soups (even without the cream) along with other delicious fare is celeriac or celery root. We know her louder stalky cousin (celery), who finds her way into almost every soup, stew or braise as a member of the trio of aromatic base vegetables the French call “mirepoix” (onion, celery and carrot). Celeriac has a similar but less edgy flavor, and if you harvest after we’ve had some chilly nights, the flavor becomes nutty and sweet. The part you eat, however, is not the stalks, but the knobby rounded portion just below those. Although we call it a root, it’s really a large buried stem (called a corm). Celeriac is popular in French cuisine and across northern Europe. It requires very early seeding in the greenhouse (January), and strong plants can be set out in the garden in April.
Allow one plant per recipe, although there are many variables between now and harvest. Celeriac grows best when well mulched, and with a good and consistent supply of water. You will find celeriac a very versatile fall/winter vegetable (Mikl and Eve love it mashed with potatoes), so I hope you’ll allow her some space and time in your garden. We’ll have storage tips and several recipes for you in the fall.
NEW FOR 2015:
SILVER SLICER OP, 54 days: A great slicer with excellent flavor and lovely creamy white, thin, smooth skin. Fruits are 2” wide, 5-6” long, similar to Boothby Blonde with a longer, narrower shape and better flavor. Bred by Cornell University for resistance to powdery mildew. Superb juicy, sweet and mild flavor and good crunch.
- Diva – 58 day, hyb. Sweet, crisp, seedless, no peeling, disease resistant
- Homemade Pickles – 55 days OP perfect for 1″-5″ pickles, solid, crisp, also great fresh
- Salad Bush – 56 days hyb, very compact vine, full-sized tasty slicing cukes, ideal for pots
- Armenian – 65 day heirloom, 12-18″ crisp, juicy, sweet, burpless, tolerates dry, hot
- Marketmore 76 – OP, Highly reliable, long-bearing, very sweet fresh slicing cuke, a home-garden favorite
- Bush Champion – OP, Tasty, crisp, bright green 11″ slicing cukes on very compact prolific plant, even in pots
- Poona Kheera
AMADEO- hybrid, 65 days: Early, classic Italian glossy oval fruits are 5”x 8”, almost black, never-bitter, excellent nutty flavor & texture. Provide support for the vigorous, 3’, spineless, heavy-yielding plant.
ANTIGUA – 75 days, heirloom (USA) – Stunningly beautiful fruits are white, heavily streaked with violet & lavender, 8″ long x 3″ wide, with tender and mild tasting creamy white flesh. Best when harvested at 8″ long. Keeps producing throughout the season.
BLACK BEAUTY BEAUTY – heirloom, 80 days: Large, firm, oval, glossy, deep purple fruits with excellent flavor & quality are borne on attractive, vigorous, compact 21” to 30” plants. Adapts well to a variety of conditions. Fruits are broad and sometimes beautifully ‘fluted’.
LONG PURPLE Asian type – 75 days, Open-Pollinated
Good yields of tasty 12″ long by 2 ½” wide dark purple eggplants. A large Asian-type from India, very flavorful and tender.
Prosperosa – OP 65 days, large round deep violet, prolific, delicious Italian heirloom;
Pingtung Long – Asian heirloom, 58 days, long, slender light purple 11″ fruits, vigorous, sweet flavor
SLIM JIM Asian-type – 60 days, Open Pollinated
An exceptional ornamental edible, with striking, very dark purple foliage and iridescent violet flowers leading to early, high yields of mild, non-bitter, beautiful long and slim purple eggplants which can be harvested as baby eggplants, or allowed to mature to 5” long. It’s a knockout planted near contrasting plants such as lime-green Seafoam Swiss Chard, and/or flowers like Zinnia, Marigold, or Dahlia in hot colors – orange, gold, scarlet, fuschia. Slim Jim grows to about 36” tall and can be grown in a large pot.
Diamond – 78 days, OP, slender dark 12oz, mild fruits, prolific, cold-adapted, Ukraine
Rosa Bianca – 88 day Italian heirloom, fruit 2-4 lbs, white streaked w/ lavender, mild, creamy.
- AMARANTH: Polish, Pygmy Torch, Lotus Purple, and more!
- CELERY: Ventura – 80 days, OP, Much easier to grow than most celery. Ventura develops beautiful thick crisp stalks with rich flavor even in less-than-ideal conditions, and resists disease. Celery likes rich soil high in organic matter, and young plants must receive adequate moisture to make steady growth. Grow in full sun. Will withstand light frost in the fall. An essential ingredient in soups, stews, casseroles, salads and appetizers.
- SWISS CHARD: Argentata, Bright Lights, Fordhook Giant, Perpetual Spinach, Red Rhubarb Chard, Seafoam
- KALE: Redbor, White Russian, Rainbow Lacinato, Winterbor, Redbor, Tuscan (syn. Lacinato, Dinosaur, Nero di Toscana), Dwarf Blue Curled
- Winterbor Kale 60 days, hyb.
One of the most winter-hardy kales, with finely curled, thick, blue-green leaves. Very vigorous, up to 2’ tall, with abundant fancy ruffled leaves great for salads, sauté, etc. lends itself to successive cuttings.
Really sweet and juicy after a light frosts!
Tolerates frost and snow.
- Winterbor Kale 60 days, hyb.
- SORREL: French, Blood-Veined
- LETTUCE: Mixed Varieties in small pots and in 25″ window-box and 10″ round fiber pots (biodegradable) and 18″ terra-cotta colored plastic windowboxws
- LEEKS: Lincoln, Bleu de Solaize, King Richard
- OTHER GREENS: Arugula, Golden Purslane, Broccoli Raab, Collards, Red Shiso, Tatsoi, Pak Choi, Radicchio, Spinach, Senposai, Mustard, etc.
- PRESCOTT FOND BLANC cantaloupe – NEW
88 days, French Heirloom
Prescott is a true cantaloupe, with 3 to 5# thick-skinned globular fruits, flattened on the top and bottom, heavily ribbed, puffy and warty. Sounds terrible? Wait! – the flesh looks like spumoni on the inside, layers of green and yellow rind giving way to deep orange flesh in the center. Marvellously sweet, juicy and aromatic. When ripening, they blush yellow and have a floral aroma, finally slipping off the vine with light pressure when fully ripe. Bring inside and let sit 1 week, then enjoy! Canteloupes require a long, hot, dry growing season, love sandy soil and raised beds, and do well when started in a coldframe.
- DIPLOMAT Galia-type – NEW
76 days, Hybrid
Fruits weighing 5 lbs or more are early, fragrant and the green flesh is sweet and delicious all the way to the rind. Unlike other Galias, it is easy to grow and easy to tell ripeness: it blushes yellow and slips off the vine.
- GOLDEN GOPHER – NEW
85 days, Heirloom
Heavily ribbed fruits are taste-test winners with deep orange flesh of incomparable quality – Brix sugar level of 14 (that’s high!). Developed by U. of Minnesota in 1930s. Resistant to Fusarium, susceptible to powdery mildew (prevent and control with non-toxic ‘Green Cure’ – we sell it).
- Tigger– rare Armenian heirloom, 1 lb. gold/red striped, fragrant, sweet, takes dry cond.
- Halona– 74 – 79 days, hyb., Early, 6″ (4 lb.) oval muskmelons boast small seed cavity, extraordinarily sweet thick orange flesh. Dependable, some disease-resistance, good in cooler weather and short season areas.
- Jenny Lind – 76 days, heirloom,Early and prolific bearer of small, heavily netted, uniquely turban-shaped 1 lb. fruits that blush when ripe. Extremely sweet, soft, juicy, lime-green flesh.
- Collective Farm Woman– 83 day, heirloom, extra sweet, 10″ round, white flesh
- Red Zeppelin– (red storage) plants , ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
- PATTERSON – NEW
F1 hybrid long-day yellow storage onion, bred to replace Copra, the standard storage onion for many years, whose seed has lost its vigor and is being withdrawn from seed production. Bred from the same ‘breeding line’ as Copra, Patterson should have the same fantastic long-storage quality and sweetness, and hopefully, the same drought-tolerance. Plants, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle.
- ROSSA LUNGA di TROPEA- NEW
110 days, Heirloom
Famous Italian torpedo-shaped onion, thin-skinned and glossy maroon, lighter inside. Sweet, mild and delicious, great for all uses, fresh or cooked. Not a winter keeper, but reportedly lasts in storage to at least January. In pots.
- Red Marble Cippolini plants in pots
- Dorato di Parma – NEW heirloom, long to intermediate day, 110days: Brought to Parma, Italy in 1896 by a seedsman from nearby Pavia, this beautiful heirloom onion is shaped like an upright spinning top. Late maturing, with thick golden-brown skins and richly flavored pale flesh that is firm but not fibrous, and its large size makes it great for slicing. An excellent long-term storage onion.
- Bintje (‘seed’ potato) – (heirloom yellow)
- Mountain Rose (‘seed’ potato) – Red inside and out! Bred in & for Colorado. Excellent as potato chips, French fries, overn fries, and also great for baking, mashing, and Fourth of July potato salads. High in antioxidants! Early to Mid-season.
- Purple Majesty (‘seed’ potato) -Uniform, high-yield, deep purple skin and flesh, very high in anthocyanins (high-potency antioxidant) Bred in & for Colorado
- Lady Godiva -110 day, OP, grown for its nutritious 20% protein, shell-less seeds.
- New England Pie – 102 day heirloom, 4-6 lb stringless, classic rich pie pumpkins, prolific
- Cinderella (Rouge Vif d’Etampes)
- Winter Luxury
- Sugarloaf – Plants. Heirloom. From a self-maintaining colony in a secret location on Sugarloaf Mt. in Boulder.
- Glaskins Perpetual – Plants. Heirloom. Slender, bright red stems, fine flavor, never bitter. Reputed to have the lowest concentration of oxalic acid. Produces at an early age, long-lived, hardy.
- Victoria – Plants. Heirloom. 10 to 12″ greenish-red stalks have more winey flavor than Glaskins Perpetual. Delicious for pies and cobblers. Early-maturing.
- Costata Romanesca – 55 day heirloom, ranked best-tasting zucchini, vigorous, large
- Tromboncino – 60 day heirloom climbing ‘zucchini’, mild, sweet, crisp, firm – never mushy
- Raven -48 day hyb zucchini, smooth, dark, tasty, high in antioxidant lutein, early high yield
- Gentry – 43 day hyb, mild, sweet yellow crookneck, early, big yields even under stress
- True Gold -OP, Zucchini with beautiful, golden-yellow skin and smooth, mildly sweet flavor. Bred locally by Abbondanza Farms.
- Ronde de Nice – 50 days, heirloom, Delicious, spherical, light green fruits to harvest young, or stuff at 4″ diam. Plants are compact, vigorous, high-yielding.
- Benning’s Green Tint Patty Pan – 55 days, 1914 OP, Pale green ‘scallopini’ with great taste and texture, most tender at 2 – 3″ diameter. Sorry, NOT AVAILABLE 2013
- Eight Ball
- Summer Sunburst Scallop
- Sweet Dakota Rose– 60 days? heirloom, very sweet red flesh, 10-20lb, tolerates cool temperatures.
- Blacktail Mountain
- Sugar Baby – 75-80 day OP, Dependable, productive ‘ice-box’ type, 6 to 10″ round, sweet, red-fleshed melons on compact vines that resist drought and disease.
- Cream of Saskatchewan
- Sunshine – 95day, hyb. Kabocha-type, sublime eating quality, productive, brilliant scarlet skin, orange flesh; productive. Eve’s favorite
- Tetsukabuto -91 day hyb. Productive Kabocha-type, round ~8″ dark green with exceptionally sweet, dry, thick, smooth, nutty, yellow flesh. Requires a pollinator (buttercup, butternut or hubbard). Eve’s other favorite.
- Carnival – 85 day hyb. Acorn-type, kaleidoscope of colors, each uniquely patterned, full-bodied sweet, nutty flavor. Borne on semi-bush, easy to pick, long storage.
- Uncle Dave’s Dakota Dessert – 95 day OP, Buttercup type, selected over 40 years by Pennsylvania family for color, taste, sweetness, vigor, thick flesh, small seed cavity, high productivity and cold-hardiness. Gets raves!
- Sugar Loaf – Hessel – 100 day OP, Delicata-type, blocky squash average 5×3.5″, over 1 lb. Superior selection has dry, sweet flesh, classic, intense Sugar Loaf flavor with bigger fruit, thicker flesh, higher yields.
Great Veggies for Containers/Small Patio Gardens
Silvery Fir Tree Tomato
Black Sea Man Tomato
Gold Nugget Tomato
Chablis Bell Pepper
Sweet Pickle Pepper
Lanterna Piccante Pepper
Peruvian Purple Pepper
Bolivian Rainbow Pepper
Purple Cayenne Pepper
Slim Jim Eggplant
Bush Champion Cucumber
Little Tyke Cucumber
Culinary Herbs (Basil, etc.)