A FEW of our NEW TOMATOES
We’re excited about these new-to-us tomatoes for this growing season!
We trial tomatoes for adaptation to Boulder growing conditions, and great taste.
We’re excited about these new-to-us tomatoes for this growing season!
We trial tomatoes for adaptation to Boulder growing conditions, and great taste.
80 days, Open-Pollinated, Indeterminate
A consistently great sauce tomato. This heirloom variety from Wisconsin’s Amish community produces large, long, meaty, and juicy 8-12 oz. red fruits on vigorous plants and is one of the few paste tomatoes that also taste great fresh. The juiciness makes a thinner sauce – cook down for a thicker, super-sweet sauce. Excellent for use for salads, canning, pastes, sauces, drying and roasting! Water evenly and add bio-available calcium to prevent blossom-end rot. Amish Paste is part of Slow Foods US Ark of Taste, a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By growing Ark varieties, you help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.
70-75 Days, Open-Pollinated, Indeterminate
A mysterious and delicious entry in our Taste of Tomato at one of our early tomato tastings, sharing second place (with Pineapple). You won’t find this tomato from seed companies, as we saved seed from the tomatoes donated by the participant who simply said that it came from the location of an Anasazi ruin. The very dark red/purple/black, 2″, round or oval fruit have rich, complex, old-fashioned tomato flavor and pleasing texture and begin ripening in mid-season. The productive plant is indeterminate, with regular leaves. It has been a star in Eve’s garden, and she collects and processes seed for us every year. If you grow this one, please let us know what you think and how it performs in your garden!
85 days, Indeterminate, Heirloom, Open Pollinated
Just delicious, and one of the largest green beefsteaks, with fruits often weighing over 1 pound. Brilliant, neon-green flesh, both meaty and juicy, with a strong, sweet, and fruity flavor, at least as tasty as the best red tomatoes. Ripens early for its size, on strong healthy, productive vines. The winner of the 2003 Heirloom Garden Show’s taste test, and a star at our 2018 Taste of Tomato!
60-65 days, Open-Pollinated, Determinate
This tomato from Siberia is named for the Aurora Borealis. Compact, bushy, determinate plants produce large, early crops of 2-5 oz., red, round, blemish-free, oblate tomatoes with acidic but delicious, rich, old-fashioned tomato flavor. Produces well in cooler climates, coastal climates or high altitudes, in the field, in the greenhouse or containers. An excellent choice for a great slicing or canning tomato.
60 days, Russian Heirloom, Indeterminate
Highly productive, reliable plants typically bear 40 to 50 tasty, gold beefsteak tomatoes that have a citrusy flavor with a good balance of sweet and acid. Many people prefer these to the milder and sweeter flavor of most other yellow tomatoes. Fruits are smooth, round and slightly flattened, weighing from 10 to 16 ounces.
75 days, Hybrid, Determinate
Bred for excellent disease resistance, this high-yielding variety produces 10-12oz. flavorful, firm, round red fruits with a good balance of tart and sweet. It is also heat-tolerant, continuing to set fruit in hot weather. The determinate plants are vigorous but relatively compact. Considered the best-tasting of the varieties resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus, which has become an issue in Front Range gardens. If you’ve had TSWV problems in your garden, Bella Rosa may enable you to grow tasty tomatoes again!
80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
An heirloom preserved by members of Seed Savers Exchange, everything about this variety is BIG! Huge fruits up to 2 lbs. are borne in profusion on very large vines, and the delicious fruits are full of sweet, low-acid fruity flavor. The irregularly-shaped tomatoes are very striking sliced, as the yellow fruit has neon red streaking though the flesh. Even when harvested green at the end of the season, they will ripen beautifully indoors and still have a full, rich balance.
70-80 days, Russian Heirloom, Indeterminate
The happiest, healthiest, most prolific and most delicious full-sized tomato in our experience. Vigorous, medium-sized plant bears loads of 3” to 4 ½” mahogany fruit with green shoulders and deep red interior flesh. The flavor is superb – rich, complex, sweet, tart, even spicy. Winner of Boulder Culinary Gardeners’ tomato-tasting in 2010, a fave at several Taste of Tomato events, and one of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. Very heat-tolerant (produced in the heat of 2012 when many others did not). Also the only variety we know of that tolerates being planted in cooler soil without stunting or compromising the performance of the plant
69-80 days, Russian heirloom, Indeterminate
One of the most productive heirloom tomatoes and early too! Striking fruits are black, green and iridescent purple-red on the outside, partly black in the glistening interior. Fruits average 12 to 18 oz. Has unusual flavor described as sweet, intense, smoky, and texture is juicy and meaty. Important – harvest Krims when half green and still firm – at that stage they are dead ripe and delicious. If you wait too long, they will be mealy and over-the-hill.
70-75 days, Open-pollinated, Indeterminate
A superior home-gardening heirloom variety from Irkutsk, Siberia, the unblemished 5 oz tomatoes are round and very uniform, the color a wonderful iridescent, mahogany brown, and the flavor is deep, sweet, fruity, and rich, and slightly smoky, tangy, and salty. Texture is meaty, not watery, perfect for salads or sandwiches. The reliable plants produce prolifically, beginning early and continuing through the season.
75 days, Heirloom, Determinate,
One of the very few compact ‘black’ tomatoes (can be grown in a mid-sized container where it can produce 20+ fruits!), this potato-leafed Russian heirloom bears an early and abundant crop of beautiful, large round 12-16 oz tomatoes with no dimples or lobes. Skin is deep mahogany-colored with green shoulders and the deep red flesh is rich with excellent complex, full-bodied, flavors. Introduced by Seed Savers Exchange in the early 1990’s. We loved the gorgeous, huge specimens grown and donated by Boulder’s Cure Farm at our Taste of Tomato a few years ago!
69-80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
Pear-shaped, burgundy-black 6-8 oz. fruits with pretty green shoulders are high in both sugar and acid, with intense, complex, full-bodied flavor. Great for slicing, caprese, salads and roasting. Short potato-leaf plants have huge production of smooth, crack-resistant, medium-sized fruit. Don’t over-water and you’ll be rewarded with deep, chocolaty, smoky, rich-flavored tomatoes
90 days, Open-pollinated, Indeterminate
The Sudduth strain of Brandywine heirloom tomato is famous for its unforgettable, rich, and delightfully intense tomato flavor. Also called ‘Pink Brandywine’, these large pink beefsteak tomatoes can grow to be about 2 pounds. The large plants are potato-leaved, which tend to be healthier than other Brandywine strains. Requires support.
54-65 days, F1 hybrid, Determinate,
This determinate ‘sister’ of popular Early Girl has the same desirable qualities in a compact, true bush, perfect for large patio containers and small gardens. High-yielding, very early-ripening, large (4”, 6 oz.) red fruits have excellent flavor. Columnar 18″ plants are very compact and self-supporting, with good heat tolerance and multiple disease resistance (VFFNT).
77 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
Delicious deep pink 3-4″ fruits now on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. A favorite at our 2015 Taste of Tomato, and for many gardeners, the only tomato they will grow because it never disappoints.
80 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
Abundant, big, rosy-red fruits of the beefsteak type. A crack-resistant Brandywine cross with superb flavor and creamy texture. Vigorous potato-leaf variety, tolerates cool summers.
70 days, Open pollinated, Indeterminate
Appearing in clusters of eight all over the fairly compact vine, the 1” to 1 ¼” fruits ripen from green to lavender to rich mahogany and are extremely flavorful. Fruits hold stems very well, resist cracking and can be picked several days before completely mature and allowed to ripen to perfection off the vine without sacrificing quality.
79 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
This one is a beauty queen – so lovely and unique, we had to try it. Fruit is deep reddish-brown inside; the outside is covered with beautiful orange and lime colored stripes. Very large regular-leaf plants yield an abundance of beautiful flattened round 3-6” fruits with delicious, sweet yet complex, earthy, rich flavor. Produces over a long season and well into autumn. A great sandwich and salad tomato.
65-72 days, Heirloom, Semi-determinate
Always a taste-test winner, this Ukrainian tomato was a clear favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Compact, prolific plants dependably produce ripe fruits by early or mid-August, even in cold summers. The slightly flattened 8-12 oz. (2-3”) globes are deep red with greenish shoulders. Delivers true tomato taste – rich, balanced, both sweet and tangy. Superb home-garden variety and works well in high tunnels.
70 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
This curious and striking tomato is sure to turn heads as well as satisfy appetites. Its name is simply Italian for “ox heart” and it’s been a favorite in Italy for many years. The shape is bottom-heavy reminding you of a pouch with a gathered top. A large, 12 oz., sweet and tasty saucing type with dense flesh and lustrous, orange-red skin, it can be eaten fresh as well as cooked. Hard to find.
74-77 days, Open-Pollinated, Determinate
Our recent summers have featured long stretches of high heat, causing tomato blossom drop and halting fruit set, growth and ripening. Introduced by the U. of Florida in 1976, Floradade was bred to withstand high heat, up to 100 F, and still produce high yields. Night temperatures above 75 F are not a problem for Floradade. It is also adaptable to both dry and humid climates, and bred to excel in Dade County’s heavy calcareous soils, making it a good candidate for growing in our heavy clay soils. The determinate plants are large (4 to 5’) and require support. The bright red, smooth, globular fruits weigh 5-7 oz. have green shoulders, and they are firm and reportedly very flavorful, slightly more acidic than sweet, perfect for sandwiches, salads, slicing.
55 days, Open-pollinated, Ultra-Early, Semi-Determinate
Glacier will be one of your first ripe tomatoes of summer, and one of your last in the fall! This 30″h x 36”w plant sets fruit earlier and in cooler temperatures than other varieties, and continues to produce throughout the season. When planted in a Solar Cap in mid-April, Glacier can deliver delicious, ripe fruit as early as mid-June! Attractive 2-3 oz. orangey-red round fruits with smooth texture have sweetness combined with moderate acidity creating wonderfully complex flavor. Perfect for salads or sandwiches, and have rated very high at our tastings. The potato-leaf plants are short and open and support should be provided. Great for containers!
55-60 days, Open-pollinated, Ultra-Early, Semi-Determinate
Very prolific compact plant bears delicious 1”+ golden-yellow, pretty egg-shaped fruits packed with sweet tomato flavor. The skin is tender yet crack-free, and there are few seeds. Usually the very first to ripen; great for eating out of hand, in salads, or for drying. The healthy plants are great for growing in containers and small gardens.
60-65 days, Determinate, Open-Pollinated
An old-fashioned tomato originally developed in 1986 by Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seed Co. by crossing heirlooms Yellow Pear and Evergreen. The distinctive 1 ½” juicy, golden-green fruits are borne in clusters of 4-12 that resemble large muscat grapes and are translucent pale, lime-green inside. The high-yielding plant makes a compact bush – great for raised beds and small gardens. Green Grape tomato has become popular in restaurants and markets because of its excellent, crisp, fresh flavor and unique attractiveness. Great for snacking!
75 days, Open Pollinated, Indeterminate
With much better and sweeter flavor than Indigo Rose (the first “blue” tomato), Indigo Apple is deep black-purple when immature, maturing to red with purple shoulders and stripes. The medium-sized fruits are held in showy, pendant clusters. Resists sunscald, cracking, and disease and has excellent shelf life. Very high in anthocyanins, lycopene, and vitamin C, making it an exceptionally healthy choice.
67 days, Open Pollinated, Indeterminate
1″ round morsels of red and gold garden candy have a starburst pattern on the blossom end when ripe. Sweet and fruity, in clusters of 6-8, on large, prolific plants. A top 10 winner at tomato tastings, out-shining Sun Gold at our 2016 Taste of Tomato! Crack-resistant, regular leaf. Bred by Joe Bratka of New Jersey.
70-80 days, French Heirloom, Indeterminate
Beautiful, small, deep orange, apricot-shaped fruits are 2-3 oz., great for fresh eating, but also for drying or sauce. Very prolific and dependable.
70-75 days, Open-pollinated, Indeterminate
Part of the Artisan™ series, Lucky Tiger combines a unique look, exceptional flavor, and high vigor. Two-inch elongated fruits in stunning, jewel-toned shades of green and red, with hints of gold, with green striping gradually becoming more defined as the background blushes red and interior marbling develops. Bred for great flavor, too: tangy, sweet, and complex with tropical notes and balanced acidity.
60 days, Hybrid, Indeterminate
The 1999 All America Selection, this tomato plant produces deep red, 2″ (1 oz.), oval, crack-resistant fruit borne in large clusters. A versatile tomato perfect for fresh eating, drying, marinating. Vigorous plants are disease-resistant.
70-80 days, Italian Heirloom, Determinate
This classic paste variety has been aptly described as ‘bullet-proof’. I can attest that Martino’s is immune to blossom-end rot, resistant to early blight, and thoroughly reliable. Big yields of plum-shaped tomatoes on compact, bushy plants with attractive, rugose foliage. The paste-type fruit weigh 2-3 ounces, are dry-fleshed and very meaty with few seeds. Makes great sauces, salsas and pastes. The very heavy set of fruits ripen over a 2 week period.
55-70 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
These small deep red cherry/currant tomatoes explode with intense, sweet tomato flavor! Perfect to sprinkle on a salad. A cultivar ostensibly based on the original wild tomato plants, acquired by a friend of Dr. Matt Liebman in Hidalgo, Mexico. Liebman raised it in Maine, eventually releasing it under his own name. The tall, super-vigorous vines require staking and produce incredible numbers of delicious fruits in clusters. Reportedly resistant to Early Blight and somewhat resistant to Late Blight and frost. Kids love them, and they are highly nutritious!
60-70 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
Old-time, south-of-the-border favorite that consistently proves its value as a salad tomato. Produces hundreds of little 1/2″, dark red, round, cherry-type fruits packed with irresistible flavor. Very reliable and prolific harvests throughout an extended growing season. Kids love them, and they’re highly nutritious!
60 days, Open-Pollinated, Semi-determinate
Developed in the early 1970s at the famous N. I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, in Moscow, Moskvitch is very popular with gardeners in Colorado, especially at higher elevations in the foothills. The 4-6 ounce crack-resistant fruits are very uniform, globular and deep red, with outstanding flavor for fresh use or processing, and are produced extra-early and abundantly. Moskvitch performs well in cool conditions, like many of the Russian varieties.
50-65 days, Open-Pollinated, Determinate
Considered the best super early yellow determinate tomato. Flavorful 3-4 oz. lemon yellow fruit. As early as subarctic tomatoes with much more flavor – very sweet with a nice tomato finish – and larger size. Very productive, with multiple concentrated yields on healthy bushes. Crack resistant and blemish free. Grows well in containers and even better in the ground. Bred by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research.
65 days, Open-pollinated, Semi-Determinate
One of the earliest full-size tomatoes to ripen and one of the best producers of early tennis-ball-size, very meaty, bright orange globes that can weigh up to ¾ lb. Blemish-free and durable fruit grow on stocky 3’ bushes that are easy to cage. An excellent short-season slicing variety, it has great low-acid, sweet, fruity flavor. There are a few varieties with the same name but this Orange King was bred by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Oregon.
78-90 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
This rare, maroon-brick 6-12 oz. slicer boasts prize winning distinctive sweet smoky flavor. We tasted this one in 2009 for the first time and were very impressed. Pick while shoulders are still green and the fruit is firm.
68 days, Beefsteak, Compact Indeterminate, Open-Pollinated
Regarded as the best of the Wild Boar series from breeder Brad Gates, this tomato has everything going for it: great heirloom flavor, early productivity, size, disease tolerance, and gorgeous good looks! These are ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes, averaging 9 oz., with the color of port wine and metallic green stripes. Many of our local market farmers have had great success with this variety and make it a mainstay of their tomato production.
72 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate
Large, dark pink, wonderful flavor, exceptionally early and delicious Brandywine-type.
72 days, Open Pollinated, Dwarf Determinate
This attractive miniature cherry tomato, studded with bright red fruit, is so compact, you can put it in a 6-inch flowerpot or let it billow over the sides of a window box or hanging basket. Red Robin is a charming ornamental that also happens to set a nice crop of sweet, tangy fruit. Setting all of its crop at once, Red Robin sports 1-inch-diameter round fruits that resist cracking and offer a nice tangy-sweet bite. The semi-weeping plants are well-branched, and the dark green leaves offer some protection from sunscald. Red Robin actually prefers afternoon shade or dappled shade.
78 days, Heirloom, Indeterminate, Open-Pollinated
Here’s a case where a Super-Sized food is a good thing! We offered San Marzano Redorta for the first time in 2017, and got rave reviews. A very large paste tomato with even better flavor than the renowned San Marzano, but twice the size – weighing 8-10 oz., and at least 4” long. The large, vigorous, disease-resistant plants grow to 4-5’ tall, and are very prolific, both in heat and in cooler weather. SM Redorta is an excellent paste tomato that is great for canning, salsas, sauces and roasting, and delicious enough to eat fresh off the vine! The flavors are even richer than San Marzano, with a balanced sweetness and tanginess with a touch of salt. Thick walls have lots of meaty flesh with an easy to peel skin and a small seed cavity. Named for the Pizzo Redorta mountain outside Bergamo, in Northern Italy.
59 days, Siberian Heirloom, Indeterminate
These slightly flattened 3”, 5-8 oz. bright red fruits are incredibly early, sweet, flavorful and prolific, consistently winning blind taste tests. It performs really well in the foothills, where the growing season is short. Bred by a home gardener in a small Siberian town, Sasha’s Altai has a good story behind it, so if you ever get to hear seedsman Bill McDorman speak, be sure to ask him about it.
78 days, Indeterminate, Open Pollinated
Top winner for outstanding flavor at our 2016 Taste of Tomato, this heirloom vine to 4-6’ tall bears huge (1-2 lb.) ‘beefsteak’ flattened round fruits with ribbed shoulders, yellow with red marbling inside and red striping outside. The complex flavor is rich and fruity. Quite early for the size of the fruits. Provide strong support.
65 days, Czech Heirloom, Compact Indeterminate
A great potato-leaf variety that comes from the former Czechoslovakia. So early, so productive, so tasty, and such a healthy plant, tolerant of cold and heat! One of the best early tomatoes, this is among the earliest. Excellent flavor for an early type; these produce lots of 2” red fruit over a very long season. Highly popular in areas with short summers.
57 days, Hybrid, Indeterminate
Candy on a vine! Plentiful, plump, tangerine-colored, 3/4″ fruit, very sweet and juicy. The earliest and most famous cherry tomato, usually winning 1st place at our Taste of Tomato event, and a customer favorite. Fully ripened fruit have best flavor but are very prone to cracking. Vines can grow very large and are extremely productive until frost.
57 days, Hybrid, Determinate
Sunrise Sauce produces early, high yields of 3-6 oz. squat, bright orange Roma-shaped fruits within a concentrated period, which makes it perfect for saucing. Not to mention it has exceptional fruit quality and flavor, much sweeter than others in its class, peels easily, and cooks down quickly. This low-maintenance paste tomato is highly resistant to fusarium wilt race 1 and verticillium wilt and makes a great small-space or patio container tomato.
71 days, Heirloom, Semi-determinate
This versatile tomato has old-fashioned flavor, combining complex, earthy flavors and sweetness with a pronounced tartness. The 4 oz. round, bright red fruits are meaty and thick-walled, crack-free, and are great for sandwiches & burgers, canning and sauce. Very dependable and highly productive, continuing to set fruit even in extended hot, dry spells as well as cool weather. ‘Super Sioux’ was developed by D. V. Burrell Seed Growers of Colorado and is an improved version of the old variety ‘Sioux’ which had been bred at the Nebraska Experimental Station and introduced in 1944.
65 days, Hybrid, Indeterminate
With the same great flavor that made its predecessor Sweet 100 a garden standard for many years, Super Sweet 100 has extra sweetness and better disease resistance (Verticillium and Fusarium wilts) and reportedly offers the highest Vitamin C content of any tomato. Bright red, 1″ globes are amazingly sweet and ripen prolifically on long pendulous clusters right up to frost.
68 days, Open-Pollinated, Determinate
A very popular bright yellow tomato for short season gardeners. This compact, bushy, heirloom, determinate variety grows to about 2’ tall x 2’ wide. Expect heavy yields of 4-6 oz. meaty, sweet, mild, non-acid tomatoes for 3-4 weeks. Great for salads, sandwich slices and salsas.
75 days, Greek Heirloom, Indeterminate
Beautiful, smooth, round, red, baseball-sized (5 to 8 oz.) tomatoes with outstanding, rich, balanced, classic flavor. Resists cracking, blemish, sun scald and rot. Great for slicing, salads, canning and keeps well. Plants are very productive and very dependable, and Eve always includes Thessaloniki in her tomato patch. If you have room for just one indeterminate tomato variety, this may be the one!
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