Tanja's Tomatoes 2019
I adore everything about tomatoes...
Eating them, of course, saucing them, freezing and canning, making ketchup and salsa, but most of all, I really, really, really love growing them.
Heirloom tomatoes are my absolute passion though, all those colours, shapes and sizes.. and that incredible flavour! I fell in love with heirlooms over 20 years ago after (accidently) growing my first one, a tomato called Purple Prince. Till then, I had only seen tidy and well-behaved hybrid tomatoes (not that I knew what a hybrid was back then) that stayed nicely in their little cages and produced perfectly round, medium sized red tomatoes. In retrospect, kind of boring and comparatively speaking, kind of tasteless, too.
Purple Prince was absolutely not boring! It grew and grew and grew! Blew me away with it's gorgeous colouring, taste. vigour, and productivity. I still grow Purple Prince to this very day and it still continues to amaze. I have since added many gorgeous heirlooms to my must-have list of favourites, not one boring hybrid in the midst ; )
I have, however, recently started to test out some of the new, open-pollinated varieties. Tomatoes from the Dwarf Tomato Project, Artisan Tomatoes, and Wild Boar Farm. Some of these may well be the heirlooms of tomorrow.
PLEASE NOTE -
Olde Thyme Organically Grown Tomatoes will not be leaving here until sometime in May, when it is warm enough to plant tomatoes.
Small tomatoes that include cherries, grapes, pears, and currants
Slicers - Heirlooms
Mid-sized tomatoes for salads, fresh eating, sandwiches, etc..
Beefsteaks - Heirlooms
Really big, juicy tomatoes where one slice covers the entire slice of bread.
Beefsteak tomatoes are large, juicy tomatoes perfect for eating fresh from the harvest or for salsas.
Pastes & plums (aka Roma style) - Heirloom Canning tomatoes!
A plum tomato, also known as a processing tomato or paste tomato, is a type of tomato bred for sauce and packing purposes.
Great for making into sauces or canning as they have less pulp and more meat.