Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tomato Descriptions Spring 2011

Here is a list and description of the tomatoes I am offering this year.
The tomatoes will come in either 3-1/2" or gallon pots.
They are $3 and $6 and it would be advised to pre-order before my sales start.

  Yellow Pear Tomato
Vigorous vines produce high yields of 2", yellow-skinned, pear-shaped fruits with few seeds. Slightly later than Red Pear, but with the same prolific yields and dependable performance. 

Zebra Cherry Hybrid Tomato
 This compact, hard-to-find basket type produces loads of tangy fruits that are slightly larger than the average cherry at 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Exotic fruits have red and green stripes, with dark red flesh that is surprisingly flavorful and very firm, making them easy to cut. Hardy plants are ideal for small spaces and patios.

Lemon Drop Tomato
These sunshine-yellow fruits have a pure, tart-sweet taste that stands up alongside the most robust salad ingredients. Heavy trusses of 3/4" fruits literally beg to be harvested and enjoyed.

  Manitoba Tomato
An extremely early variety developed by the Morden Experiment Farm in Manitoba for southern Canadian prairies. Particularly well suited for extreme northern areas of Montana, Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and New England. Fruits are bright red, slightly flattened, good-flavored, and weigh about 6 oz. each. Easily grown in a small area.

Siberian Tomato
Bright red, egg-shaped, 2 to 3 inch fruits have an excellent flavor. Very early. Plants are dwarf with a spreading habit.

Tumbler Hybrid Tomato
Specially bred for hanging baskets. Bushy plants have pliable stems, and look fantastic when mixed in containers with Lobelia or Ivy. Sweet, bright red fruits.

 Green Zebra Tomato
This is the most unusual variety you'll ever grow! Fully ripened fruits are bright green, with stripes of a still lighter green. Round, smallish, 2 to 4 oz. fruits have excellent, "real tomato" flavor. Plants are vigorous.

  Husky Cherry Red Hybrid Tomato
Season-long production of outstanding fruits, 1" in size and featuring excellent flavor. A member of the Husky "ISI" Series, whose dwarf indeterminate habit and quality production makes it perfect for small spaces and containers.(VFA)

 Isis Candy Tomato
Superior quality fruits, marbled in red and with a cat's-eye starburst on each blossom end. 1-1/2" fruits are a silky blend of sugary sweetness and rich fruitiness. Heavy yields, with season-long production of short trusses, in double rows of 6 to 8 fruits each.

Climbing Trip-L-Crop Tomato
Enormous yields on vigorous vines which may grow as long as 25 ft. and should be trellised. Produces 2 to 3 bushels of fruits, each measuring up to 6" across, red and meaty, making this variety fine for canning.

Japanese Black Trifele Tomato
Heavy producer of pear-shaped fruits that are free of blemishes and cracks and range in color from intense black to dark grey blushed with magenta. Plants produce prolific yields of picture perfect, 3 to 5 ounce fruits that look stunning when sliced and arranged on a plate. As delicious as it is unique. An excellent canner as it holds its flavor and color well.

 Jelly Bean Red Hybrid Tomato
 (VFFAST) Grape-like fruits aptly named for their bite-sized sweetness and intense red color. Heavy clusters of up to 30 fruits each mature early on plants that have good disease resistance. Fruit quality holds up well during shipping.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato
Lovely, pale-orange fruits are solid and meaty throughout, packed with mild, superb-tasting flesh. A long-season producer of large, beefsteak-type fruits, up to 16 oz., with solid centers that have just a few seeds at the edges. Very desirable!

Bush Goliath Hybrid Tomato
(VFN) No wonder this remarkable tomato has gained such wide acclaim in its short history! Specially developed for patio gardeners and those with limited garden space, and unsurpassed by any other bush variety, including Better Bush and Husky Red. Its attractive, compact plants grow up to 3-1/2 ft. tall and have a "patio" look...the surprise is their huge, red, 3 to 4" fruits packed with flavorful meat and high sugar content. Bears consistently up to frost and needs little staking.

Alaskan Fancy Tomato
 Excellent for those short-season summers, these are the earliest plum tomatoes available in today's market! Pear-shaped, bright red plums produce abundant yields to satisfy your salad and canning needs for the season. Its earliness does not detract one bit from its juicy flavor! Fruits are 2" x 1-1/2" and weigh about 2 oz. each.

  Champion 2 Hybrid Tomato
(VFFNTA) If you love the ever popular Champion Hybrid then you're sure to become a fan of this variety. Features even more disease resistance while maintaining the same delicious flavor and timing. Delivers high yields of meaty, 6 to 7 oz. fruits. Also exhibits intermediate resistance to Yellow Leaf Curl Virus.

Chocolate Cherry Tomato
Extremely flavorful, uniform, round fruits in trusses of 8, measure 1" in diameter. Fruits hold stems very well, don't crack and can be picked several days before completely mature and allowed to ripen off the vine without sacrificing quality. Great variety for the home gardener or for packing into pints for market.

Early Girl Hybrid Tomato
(VFF) It's hard to find tasty, full-sized fruits like this extra-early in the season! Meaty, ripe, red fruits, 4 to 6 oz., are slightly flattened and bright crimson throughout. Very appealing, with firm texture and blemish-resistant skin. Heavy yields on hardy vines. Seed is de-fuzzed.

Red Tumbling Tom Series Tomato
This magnificent variety cascades to 20" or more, making it ideal for hanging baskets and container gardens. Sturdy, evenly branched plants are loaded with juicy, 1 to 2" fruits, perfectly sized for snacking and salads. A true ornamental that may seem too pretty to pick, but one sweet bite will have you coming back for more.

Yellow Tumbling Tom Series Tomato
This magnificent variety cascades to 20" or more, making it ideal for hanging baskets and container gardens. Sturdy, evenly branched plants are loaded with juicy, 1 to 2" fruits, perfectly sized for snacking and salads. A true ornamental that may seem too pretty to pick, but one sweet bite will have coming back for more.

Yellow Cherry Tomato
Lots of small, 1/2", pretty fruits to toss in your salads. Strong vines produce high yields of yellow jewels, preferred by taste-testers about the same percentage as for Super Sweet 100.

Gold Nugget Tomato
Vigorous plants bear numerous golden-yellow, fine-flavored, 1" oval "nuggets". Uniform, compact plants, averaging 24" in height, begin fruiting extra-early.

Black Krim Tomato
A most unusual novelty. Fruits are a dark, deep red (almost a shiny black) with heavy green shoulders. Interior is a deep, reddish-green color. Sweet and tasty. Matures extremely early.

Mr Stripey Tomato
Red and yellow-striped heirloom variety that adds color to any gourmet salad bar. Large, ridge-shouldered fruits are mild-flavored and low in acid.

Box Car Willie Tomato
We predict this old-timer might become your main crop variety, due to its prolific yields of smooth, reddish-orange fruits averaging a large 10 to 16 oz.! With an old-fashioned flavor you'll remember from childhood, these high-yielding, multi-use tomatoes will last throughout the season and are ideal for canning, freezing, or for home-cooked meals. Crack-free and disease resistant.

Burpee Big Boy Hybrid Tomato
The hallmark of this large, crack-free tomato is its absolutely superb flavor. Bright red, firm, meaty fruits often weigh 1 pound or more, and feature smooth, blemish-resistant skins.

Burpee Supersteak Hybrid Tomato
(VFN) One of the top-rated beefsteak hybrids for the home garden. Its extra-large, smooth fruits feature improved exterior appearance, and its meaty flesh is very versatile.

Bush Beefsteak Tomato
This is the perfect sandwich-sized fruit produced on a square-foot, garden- sized plant. Solid-fleshed fruits of a deep, rich red, average 8 ounces, on vigorous, bushy plants.

Glacier Tomato
Extremely early, cold-tolerant, high-yielding special strain of tomato plant. Begins flowering when only 4" high and bears tasty tomatoes only 45 days from flowering. You can expect higher-than-average yields of 2 to 3 oz. fruits with outstanding flavor for such an early tomato.

Kentucky Beefsteak Tomato
An old heirloom that hails from the hills of its namesake, eastern Kentucky. Like most beefsteaks, the fruits are enormous, often weighing as much as 2 lbs. Unlike many beefsteaks, though, the fruits lack much of the roughness usually associated with heirloom beefsteak-types. Fruits are actually quite attractive - globe to oval-shaped, and a beautiful deep orange in color.

Micro Tom Hybrid Tomato
Considered to be the world's smallest tomato, with plants only 6 to 8" tall, bearing loads of flavorful, 1 oz., deep red fruits. Micro Tom is an ideal house plant for windowsills or patios, letting you enjoy vine-ripened tomatoes year round! Developed by the University of Florida.

Moonglow Tomato
A very pretty tomato and one of the best for straight-from-the- vine eating. Medium-sized, bright orange fruits glow with neon intensity against 36" vines. A high yielder and good keeper, producing loads of tasty, 3 to 4 oz., globe shaped fruits that are dense and meaty, with thick walls and few seeds. Flavor is sweet, with a hint of tartness, but without that strong acidic taste.

Opalka Tomato
Fruits are far richer and more flavorful than most paste tomatoes. A long, pepper-shaped type with fruits that grow to 4 to 6" long, clustered in groups of 2 to 5. So sweet and refreshing, it can be eaten straight off the vine, but is highly prized for sauces and canning.

Parks Whopper Cr Improved Hybrid Tomato
(VFFNT) Earlier and tastier than the original Whopper, with big red, 4" fruits that feature improved disease and crack-resistance, as well as a more uniform fruit size. You'll start harvesting in just 65 days, and keep picking right until frost! A popular choice for fresh market and home garden. Vigorous, stocky plants.

Parks Beefy Boy Hybrid Tomato
(VFFTST) We can thank superior breeding for these gigantic beefsteak-type fruits that have achieved the perfect combination of delicious flesh that is more solid than jell, awe-inspiring size and exceptional taste. So easy to grow, too! Deep red, 12 to 16 oz. fruits are round and smooth, ripening uniformly. Highly disease resistant.

Patio Hybrid Tomato
(FASt) Perfect for container gardening or limited space. Vines are extremely compact, yet produce medium-sized, deep oblate fruits that are smooth, firm and flavorful.

Pineapple Tomato
Enormous, uniquely-patterned, yellow-red striped fruits will be the center of attraction. Beefsteak-type fruits easily grow to 5" and larger, and are orange-yellow with red streaks. Fruits have meaty flesh, mild flavor, and no green shoulders. Heavy foliaged plants produce good yields.

Principe Borghese Tomato
Italian variety whose plum-shaped fruits are unusually meaty, with a very little juice and few seeds. A favorite for drying. Small, very prolific plants bear yield after yield.

Red Pear Tomato
One of the rarest of the heirloom varieties and still grown today! Hardy, medium-sized plants yield plenty of small, red, pear-shaped fruits with very few seeds. Perfect for salads, sauces or pickles.

Red Robin Tomato
An extra-sweet dwarf, container-grown variety, just as good grown indoors as a pot plant. Round, red, 1-1/4" fruits on compact plants 8 to 12" tall. Ideal for windowsills, patios or hanging baskets.

Snowberry Tomato
Nicely rounded, 1-1/2 to 2 oz., firm fruits feature a creamy yellow color outside with a white inside, making this unique variety the closest thing to a pure white cherry available on the market today. Sturdy plants produce trusses of uniform fruits and are sweet and fruity with a typical tomato flavor.

Sugary Hybrid Tomato
2005 AAS WINNER! Sugary stands out as something really special in the world of cherry tomato competition. Super-sweet, juicy, 2 oz. fruits, with appealing, reddish-pink skins and light green shoulders. Huge yields of oval-shaped, slightly pointed fruits set continuously in full sun.

Sungold Hybrid Tomato
A positively luscious, bite-size golden beauty overflowing with an abundance of fruits - thin-skinned, with a juicy flesh that holds its oh-so-sweet, fresh-from-the-vine flavor. Very early, and a heavy cropper both outdoors and in greenhouses. Cascading trusses are smothered in fruits that remain ripe and ready for picking over long periods of time.

Sunsugar Hybrid Tomato
The ultimate in cherry tomatoes, this golden yellow beauty achieves a new level of sugar-sweetness and flavor, superb texture, and a tangy "true tomato" taste. Fruits are a lovely golden yellow, weigh 1/2 oz., and possess thin skins - remarkable, considering its wonderful crack resistance, even in heavy rains. Heavy early cropper. Very vigorous - can be grown outdoors or indoors in an unheated greenhouse in cold climates.