Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tomato Varieties for 2014

2014 Tomato Varieties

We're very excited for tomatoes this year for the CSA. We're bringing back a few that we liked from last year and adding some new ones that look delicious! This year we'll be growing tomatoes outside in the field and also inside our new greenhouse. This year we will have 11 different varieties of tomatoes this year, we're hoping to have more variety less bulk quantity. We'll have extra available for those of you that like to preserve tomatoes by canning, freezing, and dehydrating. If you want bulk quantities for preserving purposes, we will them available on pick up days! 


Black Krim- This heirloom beefsteak hails from the Black Sea area of Russia. Heat tolerant Black Krim has a violet-brown and purple-red, they will turn almost black with enough sunlight and heat. A big favorite at taste tests with a flavor described as tangy, rich, and sweet. 

Kellogg's Breakfast- This variety ended up being our favorite last year, with the beefsteak fruit weighing in 1-2 pounds. It comes from a West Virginia heirloom obtained by a Michigan man, Darrell Kellogg, of Redford, Michigan. Delicious rich flavor with a good acid/sugar balance that is very fleshy and not overly juicy.  

Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain)- This variety was collected from Dorris Sudduth Hill who family grew it for over 100 years. Large pink beefsteak fruits up to 2 pounds with incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor. Considered to be the most delicious strain available, a must have that we're excited to have in the garden with year! 

Pink Beauty- A tried and true hybrid variety that produces flavorful, flattened tomatoes. Medium sized, 6-8 oz slicers that are firm and blemish free. We heard about this variety from The Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast who said it is their favorite tomato. 


Amish Paste-Reputed to have originated in one of the oldest Amish communities in Medford, Wisconsin, this popular variety produces 6-12 oz fruits, from oxheart to plum shape and often coreless for easy canning! Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating. It is somewhat seedier and sweeter than normal paste varieties. One of Slow Food's USA's Ark of Taste varieties!

Juliet-Juliet produces small meaty fruits perfect for eating raw, delicious for salads, salsa, and fresh pasta sauce. Somewhere between roma and grape tomatoes, these delectable saladette-type tomatoes won top honors from the All-American Selections in 1999 and have been a favorite ever since. 


Black Cherry- The only truely black cherry tomato. These vigorous tomato plants yield abundant crops in huge clusters of 1", round, deep purple, mahogany-brown cherry tomatoes. Fruits are irresistibly delicious with sweet, rich, complex, full tomato flavors that burst in your mouth, characteristic of the best flavorful black tomatoes. 

Wapsipinicon Peach- AKA Yellow Peach, White Peach. Originated in 1890 under the name White Peach. This strain came from Dennis Schlicht and is named after the Wapsipinicon River in northeast Iowa. Heavy producer of 2" round fuzzy yellow fruits. Sweet, juicy, well-balanced flavor. Winner of SSE’s 2006 Heirloom Tomato Tasting

Riesentraube Tomato-An old German Heirloom from 1800's Pennsylvannia. The name is German for "Giant Bunch of Grapes." Carolyn Male says in her book 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for American Gardens..."Riesentraube evokes a broad spectrum of flavor components that you just don't expect in a cherry tomato.  The taste is very full, like that of a beefsteak.  Amazingly intense tomato taste, not sweet, just superb!"

Red Velvet-We still have some seeds from last year's snacking varieties, so we'll be growing a few of these as well to compare the flavor with our new varieties! This heirloom comes from Elmwood, new Jersey and is known for the striking silvery gray dusty miller-type foliage of the tomato plants. As well of the excellent, sweet flavor of its cherry tomatoes.

Yellow Pear-We're bringing back the Yellow Pear again with its deliciously tangy pear-shaped fruit. These produce 1 oz, 1 1/2 inch sized bright yellow, pear-shaped cherry tomatoes that will produce until frost.

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