2022 Tomato Seedlings - Available 4/16 from 9-noon!
In the driveway of 3833 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Here are the descriptions of our tomato seedlings - fewer varieties now that last weekend, but there are still some really great ones!
Big Rainbow – The flesh inside this large tomato is marbled with red in the bottom half of the fruit. It has a big, lumpy beefsteak shape with a very mild and sweet flavor. Its a knockout on a platter with slices of other tomato varieties. The large fruits (often as heavy as 22 oz.) are borne on tall, indeterminate plants.
Brad's Atomic Grape - Elongated, large cherries in clusters. The color (and flavor!) is a full-blown assault on the senses—lavender and purple stripes, turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. Really wild! Fruit holds well on the vine or off. Olive green interior is blushed with red when dead-ripe. Crack-resistant fruit is extraordinarily sweet! Wispy foliage looks delicate but belies these plants’ rugged constitution and high productivity.
Black Brandywine – Extra-large in size and full of the deep, earthy, sweet flavor that has made blackish-purple tomatoes so popular. Yield is heavy, and the plants are superior for salsa and cooking. Enjoy these all summer, both fresh and in countless recipes. A great home garden variety that will surely become a favorite.
Black Krim – This medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor, originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea with perfect "tomato summers". Extremely tasty.
Chadwick’s Cherries – Climbing, heavily laden vines produce large sized cherries with really rich, full tomato flavor. Heirloom favorite of Alan Chadwick, a true Grand Master of sustainable, organic techniques in the US.
Kellogg’s Breakfast – An indeterminate, heirloom variety named for its beautiful orange color inside and out. A great slicing variety with tomatoes up to 2 lbs each.
Litt’l Bites Cherry - The ultimate patio tomato, bearing scrumptious fruit on compact, productive plants. These fast-growing little powerhouses are soon covered with multiple cascading sprays of bite-size fruits that can only be described as truly delicious little sweet morsels of goodness. The plants form dense, mounding canopies about 20 in. wide and 12 in. tall, making them ideal for colorful, attractive hanging baskets and containers.
Lucky Tiger – Elongated 2-inch fruit comes in stunning, jewel-toned shades of green and red, with hints of gold. This tomato gets top marks for flavor: tangy, sweet and complex with tropical notes and balanced acidity. An absolutely amazing snacking tomato!
Mamie Brown’s Pink – Large, pink beefsteak type with a perfect sweet/acid flavor balance. Great for sauce, juice or fresh eating.
Marvel Stripe – Heirloom with strong, climbing vines bearing large sunny gold fruits shot through with rose-red, giving them a beautiful marbleized effect. Flavor is mild, sweet and smooth.
Palo Alto – This large beefsteak is amazing and does really well in our area, producing up to 70 lbs of tomatoes from one plant! Vigorous vines produce gorgeous, meaty (small seed cavities), full-flavored red tomatoes from mid-season into November. Indeterminate.
Patty’s Striped Beefsteak – This indeterminate plant produces beautiful yellow, 5-to-6-ounce fruits with thin red and pink stripes on the skin. The interior of the fruit is also golden yellow and has red striping within. Open Pollinated. Extremely attractive and sweet with very little acid.
Persimmon – Golden fruit the color of an egg yolk!. Its rich flesh is the same lively color of the skin. Because the Persimmon tomato's seed cavities are very small it has a higher concentration of solid flesh than many other varieties and is wonderful for sauces. It has a marvelous flavor—low in acidity, creamy, and fruity.
Piennolo del Vesuvio – The flavor of this tomato is intensely earthly, rustic, and has a balanced sweetness, that only increases with time. After enjoying many summer fruits, the vines are traditionally hung on strings and the remaining tomatoes are ripened over time for use in the late fall/winter – an amazing keeper!
Plum Regal – very high yields of large, 3 to 4 oz. fruit, with bright red color inside and out. An excellent choice for sauces. Plants have heavy foliage cover and fruits are resistant to blossom end rot. The plant offers a broad range of disease resistance including Gray Wall and cracking. Determinate.
Red Pear Mini – an old time favorite heirloom that pleases everybody! Plants are very prolific and are producers of 1-2" long, bright red, pear-shaped tomatoes that are great on salads, in sauces or roasted in the oven.
Sweet Gold Cherry – very early, indeterminate yellow cherry tomato with great flavor. The plants are high yielding and very vigorous — producing single and double clusters. The fruit are small and weigh around 10 to 15 grams, have bright yellow flesh and are very attractive.
Tasmanian Chocolate Container– strong-yielding, short, sturdy vines bear heavy crops of beautiful, plump, mahogany red faintly striped tomatoes with delicious, well-balanced flavor. A perfect variety to grow in containers or small space gardens. Tasmanian chocolate tomatoes are heavy for their size, extra juicy and perfect for BLTs or sliced for salads.
Yellow Fire – makes fantastic tomato sauce that will light up your pasta!. Long yellow fruits cook down into a sweet, yellowish sauce that naturally has great flavor. Great snacker and canner too!
Yellow Pear – This extremely old variety makes a vigorous plant that bears enormous numbers of bright yellow, bite-sized fruit. The flavor is deliciously tangy. Perfect for summer party appetizers, for snacking and in salads.