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Gettin’ Ready For Tomatoes!

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Well here we are. Right at the start of the Tomato growing season. Naturally we’re not going to plant anything right now, but we can sure start planning a few items. Items like, what kind of tomatoes are we going to put in this year? I’ve had a bunch of questions about the tradition heirloom tomatoes . One of my favorites is the gem pictured on the left here, the Mortgage Lifter. These tomatoes grow to enormous proportions, up to 32 ounces…that’s “2 Pounds!” More important than the grand size is the grand flavor, they are Excellent! These are variously listed as 85 – 95 days to maturity, my experience is 85 days.

The Keepsake Tomato

OK, now we are going to go from one extreme to the other. The Keepsake pictured on the right is about a 5 ounce tomato, but this one has the very distinct advantage of keeping fresh for up to 6 WEEKS after picking. I don’t like to keep them around more than 2 weeks, but around our place that’s no problem. The Keepsake takes about 70 days to maturity and is a tasty rascal too. These are great for salads and garnishing.


The King....Brandywines

My personal favorite of all the heirloom tomatoes is the Brandywine. This beauty tales about 95 days to maturity, one of the longer varieties. But let me tell you, this is well worth the wait. They average between 16 to 24 ounces and have a great flavor to them. For those of you who are local (Portage, MI.), you can find a number of these tomatoes in the first row of the Shipshewana Flea Market early in the season, but don’t wait too long, they go relatively quickly. If you happen to see an Amish fellow at the flea market, you can additionally ask where you could get some Brandywine plants and I’m sure you’ll be directed in the right direction, the Amish love the Brandywine too!

Alrighty then….we’re off to a good start to the 2011 season. Stay tuned, we’re going to start publishing weekly on Saturdays until further notice. If you have any request or questions be sure and drop a line to “tomato411@gmail.com”, I’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thanks!

Posted Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 by by admin, under Heirloom Tomato Varieties, Uncategorized.

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