2020 Tomato list is here! Preorder now for pick-up starting May 9. (Though it may not be time to plant yet depending on the weather. We need nighttime temperatures in the 50s).
This is the catalog of all the varieties I’m growing this year. See the AVAILABILITY to see what’s available and order via email.
It’s nearly tomato time! Here is a list of the tomato starts I am growing this year.
I’m excited to offer lots of varieties by local seed companies. Look for fun, purple-striped ‘Purple Bumble Bee’, ‘Pinky’ with long, rainbow trusses of cherry tomatoes, ‘Garden Peach’ with a lovely fuzzy surface, and more. I’m also offering an Italian family heirloom from a neighbor, ‘D’Amico’.
Varieties new to the list this year are marked New!
Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) – Indeterminate unless noted.
Lovingly and organically grown in North Portland’s Overlook Neighborhood, these sturdy tomato starts will thrive and offer one of the sweetest joys of the summer garden. There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato!
Plant once the soil is warm, in late May, or use season extenders like cloches or wall o’ water. Keep them in a greenhouse or your sunniest window until then. Harden them off by placing them outside briefly in a shady spot for a few days, then for a longer period in part sun, then plant in rich soil in full sun.
Consistent watering practices, amending the soil with lime and calcium and keeping soil mulched will help avoid disease issues like blossom end rot.
Provide a sturdy cage at least 3′ tall for determinate and dwarf varieties and 5′ tall or more for indeterminate varieties, or a tall pole/trellis for training if you like. Tomatoes can be grown very successfully in pots. I recommend 5 gallon containers or larger, with good drainage holes. They will need daily watering for most of the season.
3.5″ pot, $3.50 each
‘Amish Paste’ – 72 days – Heirloom. Don’t let the name deter you, this is a versatile fruit. They have become a favorite canning tomato of mine, but are also great for salsa, sandwiches and salads. They are meaty, oblong fruits, light red fruits. This particular line is early producing, higher yielding and has larger fruit than other ‘Amish Paste’. Tolerant of partial shade. Great for training up stakes if you’re short on space. Selected for the ‘Slow Food Ark of Taste’
‘Astiana’ – 75-80 days – A sauce and roasting tomato from the Po River valley in Northern Italy. Large, pleated with green shoulders. High acid and low moisture content you want for a cooking tomato. Read all about from Ayer’s Creek Farm. New!
‘Blush’ – 75 days – Elongated, 1-3 oz. fruit (2″ long) with pink and green marbling over a gold background. These are extremely pretty and tasty. Abundant clusters produce into fall. New!
‘Black Cherry’ – 70 days – Large, dark cherry type (1″) with great flavor. Very productive. Resists cracking. Mix these with red and orange cherry tomatoes for a rainbow salad! Open pollinated.
‘Cosmonaut Volkov’ – 65-70 days – Large half-pound red/orange fruits, wider than tall, with green shoulders. Excellent sweet/tangy flavor. From Ukraine. Tolerates cool conditions. Semi-determinate. New!
‘D’Amico’ – 80 days– Heirloom. An Italian heirloom saved by my neighbor Angie DiSalvo. She says, “This variety has long, meaty fruit, awesome for sauce and cooking. It’s a family heirloom, brought from Italy by my uncle Angelo D’Amico when he immigrated in 1959. My family still grows them every year. Enjoy!” Open pollinated.
‘Galina’ – 65-75 days – Heirloom. A yellow cherry from Siberia that produces well in Oregon and keeps well off the vine. Potato leaf plants. Bears flavorful, crack resistant fruit into cool fall temperatures. Uprising Seeds says: “When the weather gets cool and rainy and the rest of your tomatoes have gone south, these magically get freakishly good.”
‘Garden Peach’ – 75 days – A small, yellow-blushed-peach fruit with a slightly fuzzy surface. Thick skin resists cracking. Sweet, low-acid flavor.
‘Golden King of Siberia’ – 85-95 days – Large, heart shaped lemon yellow tomato with creamy flesh. Balanced sweet/acid taste. Grows to 1 lb. Productive and moderately disease resistant. From Russia. New!
‘Green Zebra’ – 75 days – Unique green striped fruits have an excellent sweet/acid balance. Fruits weigh about 3 oz and turn golden when ripe.
‘Hungarian Heart’ – 85 days – Pink, heart-shaped fruits grow to 1 lb. Crack resistant, few seeds. Versatile for fresh eating, sauce, roasting and canning. New!
‘Jaune Flamme’ – 70-80 days – Heirloom. Spherical, orange, 4-5 oz. fruits hang in trusses. A reliable and productive tomato for slices and sauces. Uprising Seeds describes this variety’s flavor as “bright in acidity, and juicy.”
‘Paul Robeson’ – 75-80 days – Dark red/black with deliciously sweet, smoky flavor. High yields and crack resistant. From Russia. Open Pollinated. New!
‘Peacevine Cherry’ – 75 days. Super productive cherry tomato bears 3/4″ red to deep gold fruits in large clusters. According to Territorial Seeds, “Peacevine earned its name from its high content of gamma amino butyric acid, an amino acid that acts as a calming body sedative.”
‘Pinky’ – 75 days. Cherry tomato with looong trusses of fruit in a rainbow gradation. This is the plant to grow for that! From Japan, up to 60 fruits per truss, with rich flavor, crack resistance.
‘Pruden’s Purple’ – 67-72 days – Heirloom. A large, Brandywine-type tomato (up to 1 lb or more) that is dark pink/red. Wonderful flavor and texture and produces earlier than most large tomatoes. Withstands cool weather well and can produce well in partial sun. I’m very happy to be growing many seeds from Willamette Valley seed grower Carol Deppe, author of ‘The Resilient Gardener’. Her plant selection work focuses on growing plants that are suited to our climate and are productive and flavorful. This heirloom tomato is from her seed, as are ‘Amish Paste’, ‘Black Krim’ and ‘Stupice’.
‘Purple Bumble Bee’ – 70 days. Purple stripes and green marbling on grape tomato-shaped fruit make this a fun and unique variety. Crack-resistant fruit. Productive, compact vines are excellent for pots. Adaptive Seeds calls the flavor ‘complex’. Open pollinated. New!
‘Red Cherry’ – 70 days – Classic large, bright red cherry tomato with great flavor. Very prolific. Eat them off the vine, skewer them for the grill, slice them in half, drizzle with olive oil and roast on low heat… heavenly! If you have extra, dry them for a sweet winter treat. Mmm, sun-dried tomato pesto! Open pollinated.
‘San Marzano’ – 80 days – Heirloom. Classic Italian plum tomato for sauce or slicing, grown from Italian seed. Amazing for pizza sauce! 5-7 oz. fruits.
‘Stupice’ – 55 -60 days – Heirloom. A very early red slicing tomato that does fine in cool springs and wet weather. Tolerates a range of conditions, including cool/damp weather, and bears throughout the season. Potato-leafed plant. 2.5″ fruits. Prolific, with classic tomato flavor. Uniform size for canning.
‘Sungella’ – 60-70 days – Sweet, orange, plum-sized fruits, 1-2 oz. Productive and split resistant. Good cold tolerance. Open pollinated. New!
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