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Tomato Varieties for 2010 March - April

Turkey Hill Farm 2010

Tomato Varieties

Early:

Cosmonaut Volkov - (65 days) Indeterminate. The catalog says “Cosmonaut delivers the true tomato taste...sweet, rich and full-bodied...deep red slightly flattened 8-12 oz globes.” Cosmonaut was named for the Russian explorer who fell through space. Brought to America from the Ukraine by the Seed Savers Exchange.

Beefsteak tomatoes are generally the slicing sandwich tomato. Many medium sized and roma types also make great slicers.

Beefsteak:

Cherokee Purple - (77 days) Indeterminate. from Tennessee, said to have originated with the Cherokee Indians. Fruits are globe shaped to slightly oblate, averaging 10–13 oz, with dusky brownish-purple skin, dark green shoulders and brick-red flesh. Rich taste, which has been described as “sweet rich juicy winey,” “delicious sweet,” and “rich Brandywine flavor” by some of the 27 aficionadoes who are maintaining it in the Seed Savers Exchange. An all time favorite, for those who can get beyond the tomatoes are red fixation.

Big Rainbow - huge red and yellow beefsteak. The tie dyed tomato with big red flavor. Really big. One of our favorites at the table, one slice to the sandwich. The red stripes radiating from bottom and throughout the flesh.

Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter – Probably one of the most famous heirlooms around. Huge pink/red beefsteak. The story is long and the tomato is deserving. Really a good tasting tomato, even if it is gigantic.

Burpee’s Better Boy - our main late season tomato, Better Boy is a hybrid from the 1950's so it is technically not an heirloom but has old time great flavor. Red. Redorange. Round. Looks like commercial tomato but has good flavor and withstands the brutal heat longer than our other big tomatoes. Not huge, just big.

Pruden’s Purple – Another purple green shouldered variety that some people like more than Cherokee Purple.

Aunt Ruby’s German Green – Miss Louise just had to have this one, not only is it big beautiful and striped green, it is great tasting. Not huge but big enough to be a sandwich tomato. Essential to the assorted heirloom platter.

Nebraska Wedding - 3-4" round fruits with shiny orange skin and orange flesh, very meaty. fruits in clusters, good yields. Well-balanced flavor Determinate

Italian Heirloom – from Seed Savers Exchange – huge red fruits weighing over a pound. Productive indeterminate plants.

Rutgers – OP Ind “developed by Campbell’s Soup Co. in 1928 medium-sized 5–8 oz. unblemished deep oblate fruits with rich red interior and pleasing texture have that great old-time flavor.” slicing or canning.

Paul Robeson - OP Ind. This Russian heirloom. The catalogue says - “maroon-brick 6–12 oz. oblate often bi-lobed fruits with dark green shoulders...distinctive sweet smoky taste. A sandwich tomato with a tang,”

Dr Marvel – developed as part of a doctoral thesis by our friend Margo's Dad, Dr Marvel. This is the first year the plants are available for sale. Dr Marvel has worked on this tomato relentlessly for over 30 years. It is Astonishing.

If you thought Mortgage Lifter was a great tomato wait until you try Dr Marvel. Truly a marvel.

Arkansas Traveler - 80 days. A medium sized pink tomato. tolerant to heat and humidity, crack and disease resistant. Good flavor. Very popular heirloom.


Medium/salad:

Green Zebra - small(2-3") spicy flavored green and yellow stripes. good flavor and golden green with dark green stripes at maturity. Semi-determinate.

Black Prince -described in Baker Creek Catalogue as “An heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia. The 5 oz. tomatoes are round and very uniform, the color is a wonderful deep blackish-chocolate brown” 70 days

Rutgers : see beefsteak

Moneymaker From Seeds of Change - intense-red fruits on vigorous, indeterminate vines. Produces well in most climates, but especially suited to the humid tropics.

Cherry:

Cherry tomatoes are generally more vigorous and disease resistant than beefsteak types. If you want more assured success, try cherry. All of these are Indeterminate.

Brown Berry – small brown/red sweet flavor, prolific

Farmer Herman’s Little Yeller – yellow delicious tart, greenish shoulders. Our own yellow cherry. Vigorously Indeterminate, disease resistant, prolific, Delicious. Great stamina. A great little tomato.

Tommy Toe – a little bigger red, tomato flavor

Black Cherry – Purplish. comes highly recommended by two of our favorite farmers.

Little LuLu small yellow with pink blush, also evolving strain

Super Sweet 100 Cherry hybrid – we carry this one because people ask for it. The catalogue says: “The fruits are incredibly sweet and there are actually hundreds on each plant. Vigorous indeterminate vine can climb ten feet or more. Trained in large planter and watered regularly, they make ideal deck plants and can climb right up to the eaves! “

Mr Mike – I think we are sold out of Mr Mike

Be My Baby gene pool – making an attempt to replace Sweet Baby Girl[tm] a Seminis/Monsanto Hybrid.

Gardeners Delight, aka Sugar Lump – one catalogue even called it “the best tasting tomato in the world.” Are you kidding me? Bright red and only 65 days to harvest. Fruits on trusses.


Grape tomatoes are tiny and grow in clusters, usually very sweet.

Grape:

Riesentraube - "Giant bunches of grapes"" By special request. European heirloom grown in PA since 1856. clusters of 20-40 1inch fruits.

Productive. 80 days. Indeterminate.

Juliet F1 Hybrid this is one of the few hybrid tomatoes we carry. “delectable little plum-shaped fruits come in clusters everywhere, 12–18 1–2 oz. grapes to the cluster and an astounding 50–80 per plant. The glossy red fruits... are good stewing tomatoes and excellent salad tomatoes... their sauce to be tangy with a diverse complex richness and full sweet tomato flavor. Also a favorite tomato for drying.”


Currant Tomatoes are small as my thumbnail and usually sugary sweet. They are wild and easy to grow.

Currant:

Ciudad Victoria – a teeny tiny red currant, sweet as candy. A good one to trellis near the back door, it is wildly indeterminate, and often continues producing until frost.

White Currant, crazy sweet and looks really cool, children usually love these currant tomatoes.


These are the oblong meaty fruits are great for salsas, sauces AND salads.

Paste/Roma:

Striped Roman – red and orange paste delicate leaves.

Blue Beech - BIG paste few seeds. I LOVE theses two tomatoes. Just Love them to pieces.

Heinz 2653 - Open-pollinated. Det. “An amazingly early red plum type which often ripens all its 2-1/2–3 oz. fruits before frost. Firm fruits for cooking, on compact plants. Heavy yields early.” 68 days

Delicate of Moscow – compliments of our friend Ludmila. She brought us the seeds from Russia because the tomato was so good. Try it.



Determinate for containers:

Silvery Fir Tree SORRY WE DON'T HAVE SFT this SEASON

Celebrity Bush - the standby all around good red tomato for containers.

Oregon Spring – nice red tomato, good flavor too.


Turkey Hill Farm 2010
Tomato Varieties

Early:
Cosmonaut Volkov - (65 days) Indeterminate. The catalog says “Cosmonaut delivers the true tomato taste...sweet, rich and full-bodied...deep red slightly flattened 8-12 oz globes.” Cosmonaut was named for the Russian explorer who fell through space. Brought to America from the Ukraine by the Seed Savers Exchange.

Beefsteak tomatoes are generally the slicing sandwich tomato. Many medium sized and roma types also make great slicers.
Beefsteak:
Cherokee Purple -(77 days) Indeterminate. from Tennessee, said to have originated with the Cherokee Indians. Fruits are globe shaped to slightly oblate, averaging 10-13 oz, with dusky brownish-purple skin, dark green shoulders and brick-red flesh. Rich taste, which has been described as “sweet rich juicy winey,” “delicious sweet,” and “rich Brandywine flavor” by some of the 27 aficionadoes who are maintaining it in the Seed Savers Exchange. An all time favorite, for those who can get beyond the tomatoes are red fixation.
Big Rainbow - huge red and yellow beefsteak. The tie dyed tomato with big red flavor. Really big. One of our favorites at the table, one slice to the sandwich. The red stripes radiating from bottom and throughout the flesh.
Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter - Probably one of the most famous heirlooms around. Huge pink/red beefsteak. The story is long and the tomato is deserving. Really a good tasting tomato, even if it is gigantic.
Burpee’s Better Boy - our main late season tomato, Better Boy is a hybrid from the 1950's so it is technically not an heirloom but has old time great flavor. Red. Redorange. Round. Looks like commercial tomato but has good flavor and withstands the brutal heat longer than our other big tomatoes. Not huge, just big.
Pruden’s Purple - Another purple green shouldered variety that some people like more than Cherokee Purple. only a few left.
Nebraska Wedding - 3-4" round fruits with shiny orange skin and orange flesh, very meaty. fruits in clusters, good yields. Well-balanced flavor Determinate
Italian Heirloom - from Seed Savers Exchange - huge red fruits weighing over a pound. Productive indeterminate plants.
Rutgers - OP Ind “developed by Campbell’s Soup Co. in 1928 medium-sized 5-8 oz. unblemished deep oblate fruits with rich red interior and pleasing texture have that great old-time flavor.” slicing or canning.
Paul Robeson - OP Ind. This Russian heirloom. The catalogue says - “maroon-brick 6-12 oz. oblate often bi-lobed fruits with dark green shoulders...distinctive sweet smoky taste. A sandwich tomato with a tang,”
Dr Marvel - developed as part of a doctoral thesis by our friend Margo's Dad, Dr Marvel. This is the first year the plants are available for sale. Dr Marvel has worked on this tomato relentlessly for over 30 years. It is Astonishing. If you thought Mortgage Lifter was a great tomato wait until you try Dr Marvel. Truly a marvel.
Arkansas Traveler - 80 days. A medium sized pink tomato. tolerant to heat and humidity, crack and disease resistant. Good flavor. Very popular heirloom.

Medium/salad:
Green Zebra - small(2-3") spicy flavored green and yellow stripes. good flavor and golden green with dark green stripes at maturity. Semi-determinate.
Black Prince -described in Baker Creek Catalogue as “An heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia. The 5 oz. tomatoes are round and very uniform, the color is a wonderful deep blackish-chocolate brown” 70 days
Rutgers : see beefsteak
Moneymaker - From Seeds of Change - intense-red fruits on vigorous, indeterminate vines. Produces well in most climates, but especially suited to the humid tropics.

Cherry tomatoes are generally more vigorous and disease resistant than beefsteak types. If you want more assured success, try cherry. All of these are Indeterminate.
Cherry:
Brown Berry - small brown/red sweet flavor, prolific
Farmer Herman’s Little Yeller - yellow delicious tart, greenish shoulders. Our own yellow cherry. Vigorously Indeterminate, disease resistant, prolific, Delicious. Great stamina. A great little tomato.
Tommy Toe - a little bigger red, real tomatoey flavor
Black Cherry - Purplish. comes highly recommended by two of our favorite farmers.
Little LuLu small yellow with pink blush, also evolving strain
Super Sweet 100 Cherry hybrid - we carry this one because people ask for it. The catalogue says: “The fruits are incredibly sweet and there are actually hundreds on each plant. Vigorous indeterminate vine can climb ten feet or more. Trained in large planter and watered regularly, they make ideal deck plants and can climb right up to the eaves!"
Mr Mike - I think we are sold out of Mr Mike
Be My Baby gene pool - making an attempt to replace Sweet Baby Girl[tm] a Seminis/Monsanto Hybrid.
Gardeners Delight, aka Sugar Lump - one catalogue even called it “the best tasting tomato in the world.” Are you kidding me? Bright red and only 65 days to harvest. Fruits on trusses.


Grape tomatoes are tiny and grow in clusters, usually very sweet.
Grape:
Riesentraube - "Giant bunches of grapes"" By special request. European heirloom grown in PA since 1856. clusters of 20-40 1inch fruits. Productive. 80 days. Indeterminate.
Juliet F1 Hybrid this is one of the few hybrid tomatoes we carry. “delectable little plum-shaped fruits come in clusters everywhere, 12-18 1-2 oz. grapes to the cluster and an astounding 50-80 per plant. The glossy red fruits... are good stewing tomatoes and excellent salad tomatoes... their sauce to be tangy with a diverse complex richness and full sweet tomato flavor. Also a favorite tomato for drying.”

Currant Tomatoes are small as my thumbnail and usually sugary sweet. They are wild and easy to grow.
Currant:
Ciudad Victoria - a teeny tiny red currant, sweet as candy. A good one to trellis near the back door, it is wildly indeterminate, and often continues producing until frost.
White Currant - crazy sweet like sugar and looks really cool, children usually love these currant tomatoes.

Roma Types are the oblong meaty fruits are great for salsas, sauces AND salads.
Paste/Roma:
Striped Roman - red and orange paste delicate leaves.
Blue Beech - BIG paste few seeds. I LOVE theses two tomatoes. Just Love them to pieces.
Heinz 2653 - Open-pollinated. Det. “An amazingly early red plum type which often ripens all its 2-1/2-3 oz. fruits before frost. Firm fruits for cooking, on compact plants. Heavy yields early.” 68 days
Delicate of Moscow - compliments of our friend Ludmila. She brought us the seeds from Russia because the tomato was so good. Try it.

Determinate for containers:
Celebrity Bush - the standby all around good red tomato for containers.
Oregon Spring - nice red tomato, good flavor too.
Nebraska Wedding - 3-4" round fruits with shiny orange skin and orange flesh, very meaty. fruits in clusters, good yields. Well-balanced flavor Determinate
SORRY WE DON'T HAVE Silvery Fir Tree this SEASON


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