Tomatoes for 2017

Chianti Rose - Renee’s Garden Seeds. This big, beautiful beefsteak tomato with fabulous flavor is a cross between the famous pink Brandywine and a treasured family variety from Italy. Juicy, flavorful and heavy in the hand, Chianti Rose tomatoes are thin skinned with smooth, creamy flesh and glowing rosy-red color. The strong vigorous vines with potato leaf foliage tolerate cooler summers and are more crack-resistant and uniform than other large fruited heirlooms. Huge harvests of these scrumptious tomatoes are a highlight of our summers!

Green Bee* cherry - Artisan Seeds. Green Bee is a new crunchy-ripe tomato.  It is eaten "green" -- at a time when it has developed mature flavors, but has not softened.  In fact, Green Bee never softens, and fruits hang on the plant for extended periods in a state of perpetual ripeness.  Our Green Bee tomatoes are the size of a large cherry tomato and they grow on indeterminate, viny, plants.  The fruits have a sweet-tangy flavor with hints of tangy stonefruit (plums and pluots)

We developed Green Bee tomatoes by crossing two lines of ours that never ripen.  Both lines were developed, in part, from our Artisan Cherry tomatoes (see below).  The hybrid Green Bee plants are very productive and withstand common diseases in our field very well.  Green Bee plants have also performed well when trialed both in Ohio and in Mexico.  In terms of flavor, the hybrid Green Bee is similar to both parents, but the new hybrid plants are much more productive and vigorous than either parent.

The naturally occurring genetic change that causes the non-softening is well known, and has been around awhile (it is referred to as the rin mutation in the scientific literature) but because the genetic change stops fruit softening, and softening is usually tightly correlated with flavor, the potential for outstanding flavor development in rin plants has not been appreciated.  In fact, it also came as an unexpected (but very welcome) surprise to us.

Jaune Flame - Seed Savers Exchange. Organic

Apricot-orange 4 ounce fruits borne in elongated trusses

Fruity flavor is a blend of sweet and tart

Great for drying or roasting, retains deep orange color

Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season

70-80 days from transplant

Jazz* - Artisan Seeds. Jazz is a beautiful pink beefsteak tomato with yellow stripes.  

It is a highly productive indeterminate variety that does very well when planted in the ground and given lots of space to grow in.  Staking is recommended for the very large plants.  Jazz produces prolifically, starting at about 75 days after transplant.  

Jazz has outstanding sweet, bright flavor.  The fruits are not prone to catfacing, and they are more durable and slower-ripening compared to most heirloom beefsteak varieties.  While Jazz plants are vigorous, they are susceptible to Early Blight and Septoria Leafspot, so a combination of drip irrigation, later planting and agressive pruning of affected leaves is recommended for heavy harvests.

Marzano Fire* - Artisan Seeds. Marzano Fire is an exciting new paste tomato developed from the classic San Marzano paste tomatoes grown near Naples, Italy.  It is a highly productive semi-determinate variety that can be left to sprawl, or trained up in a trellising system.  

Marzano Fire shows some resistance to fungal pathogens, and is a sturdy, productive variety.  It is excellent for canning and sauce-making, with few seeds and thick flesh that cooks down into a very flavorful sauce.

Produces ripe fruit approximately 75 days after transplant.

Mavritanskite - Adaptive Seeds. Big beefsteak fruits colored dark orange-red with some elusive purple-ness. Tops are greenish-brown. Striking unique colors & an excellent rich flavor. This is a really great tomato. Latvian heirloom we originally sourced from Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds in Ireland.

Pantano - Seeds From Italy. Tall beef tomato from Rome.  Indeterminate.  Vigorous and productive  with large, semi-scalloped fruits with few seeds and tasty, thick flesh. Fruits are large, around 12 oz.

Piccolo Dattero cherry - Seeds From Italy. Hybrid grape-shaped cherry tomato. Indeterminate. Early, vigorous, heavy producer of very sweet deep red fruit. High sugar content. Resists cracking and stores well. VFN. Good choice for both home and commercial growers.

Purple Bumblebee* cherry - Artisan Seeds. Purple Bumblebee is a true-breeding cherry tomato we bred on our farm.  It is a purple cherry tomato with green stripes. Purple Bumblebe's flavor is bright and tangy. Plants are ideterminate vines that grow well both in containers and in the ground.  

Purple Bumblebee is a good producing vine that needs to be staked up for maximum production.  Fruit should be picked when the tomatoes are purple with green stripes and before significant softening.  Flavors change with different stages of ripening, and growers are encouraged to try all ripeness stages, starting with those where there are still green streaks on the shoulders of the fruit.

Sunrise Bumblebee* cherry - Artisan Seeds. Sunrise Bumblebee is a true-breeding cherry tomato we bred on our farm.  It is a yellow cherry tomato with pink marbling and yellow stripes. Sunrise Bumblebe's flavor is bright, sweet and tropical.  It is an indeterminate vine and grows well in containers and in the ground.  

Sunrise Bumblebee is a good producing vine that needs to be staked up for maximum production.  Fruit should be picked when the tomatoes are yellow.  Early in the season they typically do not show much marbling when ripe, but as the season progresses, peak ripeness better correlates with marbling.  Flavors change with different stages of ripening, and growers are encouraged to try all ripeness stages, starting with those where there are still green streaks on the shoulders of the fruit.

Sweet Gold cherry - Renee’s Garden Seeds. Most yellow cherry tomatoes are grown mainly for their color not taste, but Sweet Gold has both full, sweet tomato flavor and jewel toned golden yellow fruits. These glossy 1 inch cherries are delicious eaten right from the vine, enjoyed for snacks, or for adorning summer salads and stir fries. The vigorous indeterminate vines grow effortlessly, start bearing early and reliably produce heavy clusters of these brightly colored, tasty little fruits throughout the summer.