Thank you to all of our customers today at the Boulder County Farmer's Market! Weather was perfect - crisp and warm, kids were happy and the plants loved the temperature. No freezing morning like last week.
Heirloom tomatoes and basil were the huge hits of the day. The summer menu planning is in the works. We had four requests for lemon cucumbers today
We wanted to recap some of the descriptions and details about the varieties of tomatoes we are selling. All of our seeds come from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. We like them because they have been in the heirloom seed movement for 35 years, and sales from their catalog fund their nonprofit mission to collect and distribute heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. They have literally thousands of varieties in their seed vault, which is one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the US.
Here's our list of tomatoes with descriptions directly from Seed Savers to help you choose which you would most like to grow and enjoy.
(Solanum lycopersicum) (aka Black Crimea) Found in Krim, Russia in 1990 by Lars Olov Rosenstrom of Bromma, Sweden. Beefsteak fruits are a unique combination of violetbrown and purple-red—they turn almost black with sufficient sunlight and heat. Excellent full flavor. Indeterminate, 70-90 days from transplant.
Hungarian Hearts - (We especially love these because the kids are part Hungarian.)
(Solanum lycopersicum) Said to have originated in a village 20 miles from Budapest around 1900. Jerry Muller of Alabama (formerly of Tennessee) was the first SSE member to offer this variety; in 1988 he listed his seed source as Ed Simon of Pennsylvania. Huge pink oxheart fruits weigh upwards of one pound. Very few seeds and almost no cracking. One of our favorites for fresh eating, canning, and for making roasted tomato sauce.
(Solanum lycopersicum) Outstanding heirloom from Italy. Plants are loaded with red fruits weighing over a pound. One of the most
productive varieties we have grown at Heritage Farm. Excellent full tomato flavor. Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel.
(Solanum lycopersicum) Originally from Kolb Greenhouse in Storm Lake, Iowa. Good yields of one pound pink beefsteak fruits with rich tomato flavor.
(Solanum lycopersicum) Winner of SSE’s 2007 Heirloom Tomato Tasting. Uniform bright orange globes with solid flesh, few seeds, and mild sweetness. Excellent keeper.
(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced in the 1997 SSE Yearbook by Glenn Drowns. Great black tomato that is virtually blemish-free. Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, great for markets.
(Solanum lycopersicum) (aka Yellow Peach, White Peach) Originated with Elbert S. Carman 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. Rot resistant.