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Tomato Plant List for 2021

Updated: May 21, 2021

Thank you all for your patience with me, it's been an extremely busy spring! Here's what I've been tending in the greenhouse:

Slicing Tomatoes:

Amish- An absolutely HUGE tomato from an Amish group in Iowa. Extremely meaty with outstanding flavor. (80 days)

Purple Calabash- This is a deep purple/burgundy colored tomato with a flattened, almost ruffled shape and a rich wine-like flavor. Indeterminate, 80-90 days.

Opalka- This is a very flavorful paste tomato with large, meaty fruit. Not only does it make great sauce, it’s ideal for dehydrating and making sun-dried tomatoes. In our fields last season these plants produced bushels and bushels of fruit. Indeterminate, 75 days.

Polish Linguisa- A paste tomato developed in the 1800’s, seeds were passed down for generations within a family that made selections for size and flavor. Linguisa is like a Roma on steroids. Most paste tomatoes range 2-4 ounces, these tomatoes are 8-10 ounces. Indeterminate.

Brandywine- This has been considered the standard for tomato flavor since its development in 1885 by the Amish in Pennsylvania. Great flavor in a one pound package. (80 days)

Leo’s German- Anyone that remembers Johnston’s Greenhouse in Northeast Brainerd will remember her huge German tomatoes. When the greenhouse closed down, the variety was thought lost, but a gardening millwright from Potlatch named Leo Whitman had been saving seeds. This version is huge and smooth, not lumpy like the original. (75-80 days)

Rutgers- This strain has some disease resistance, which ensures large crops of crack-free, bright red 6 to 8 oz. tomatoes with delicious old-time taste. For many years, this was a favorite for canning because of its abundance, juiciness and deep red color through and through. Developed in the 1920's. Determinate, 75 days.

Cherry Tomatoes:

Mexico Midget- This is a wild red currant tomato with an intense BIG tomato flavor. This is by far our most popular cherry tomato.

Black Cherry- This one has a deep rich black tomato flavor in a bite size package. Large vines produce an abundance of sweet fruit in 65 days.

Snow White- This is a very unique tasting tomato. The closest thing we can compare it to is a chunk of pineapple on the grill- sweet and smoky. Not truly white, this is a very pale yellow and ready in 75 days.

Purple Bumblebee- A pretty purple tomato with metallic green stripes, this has a sweet flavor, meaty texture, and was bred to perform in less than ideal conditions. 70 days.

Yellow Cuban- Tiny pear-shaped lump of sugar. These plants produce very long vines and an abundance of fruit. Great for snacking in the garden. 90 days.

Isis Candy- This is my favorite cherry tomato, such a sweet balanced flavor that it’s the only tomato I’ll eat straight off the plant. Fruit is on the larger size for a cherry tomato and is a gold color with a red blush that extends up the center. Very productive, indeterminate, 67 days.

Golden Sweet and Red Grape- Yellow and red grape tomato varieties. Golden Sweet was especially prolific for us last year and delicious. Both varieties are fairly firm and resist cracking.

Small Quantities of “Oddball” tomatoes available on request:

Rippled Riñon- wild type, deeply fluted Cuban slicing tomato

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye- Pink with metallic green stripes

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