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.

Cherry Tomatoes - Heirlooms

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.



New Open-Pollinated Varieties

Fun new tomato varieties from Wild Boar Farms, Artisan Tomatoes, and the Dwarf Tomato Project.

These tomatoes are fun, colourful, productive and super tasty!

To see what a tree-type tomato is, see the pic farther down the page for the Dwarf crimson Sockeye Salmon. Only the dwarfs are tree form and not all of these new tomatoes are dwarfs. Please note that the dwarfs are also still indeterminate varieties but they will short and compact ones, with sturdy tree-like stems. You will still need to remove suckers or you will have a beast of a tomato ; )

Containers & Baskets

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Tomato Hanging Basket

Gartenperle - Cascades of cherry-sized fruit are produced over a long cropping season. The name, which translates as 'Garden Pearl', describes how these tomatoes can just hang like strings of pearls. Fruits have thin skins and are full of juice. Very reliable and easy, needing no stopping or training and due to its German origins it performs very well even in colder years.

Anmore Dewdrop - open-pollinated version of the Tumbler, a heavy cropping, trailing variety producing cherry sized sweet, bright red, cherry tomatoes.

14” Deep Coir Basket - $25

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Tomato Container Garden

Grow a tomato garden on your deck, porch or pathway. Your container garden will contain a tomato plant surrounded by marigolds, basil, and parsley. The perfect companion planting for great tasting tomatoes.

- Choose from a slicer or cherry.

- Pre-ordering is recommended.

- If you have a container from last year, please drop it off at the greenhouse (clean, please, if you can) to be replanted.

12” round colourful planters $30

14” round black planters $30

Tomato Pictures… just because I love them so : )

A gorgeous yellow/green cherry tomato that is super sweet, tastes even better than the green Zebra.

A gorgeous yellow/green cherry tomato that is super sweet, tastes even better than the green Zebra.

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Costoluto Fiorentino - gorgeous and tasty!

Costoluto Fiorentino - gorgeous and tasty!

Black Krim - smoky, deep, yummy.

Black Krim - smoky, deep, yummy.

Brad’s
Sherkhan, a funny looking heirloom paste tomato, very good for saucing.

Sherkhan, a funny looking heirloom paste tomato, very good for saucing.

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One of the prettiest tomatoes that I have ever grown. An heirloom variety.

One of the prettiest tomatoes that I have ever grown. An heirloom variety.

Cherry and grape tomatoes, some trials and others well known. Droplet is a fantastic red, Brown Berry a fantastic dark, and Green Grape is the best of all.

Cherry and grape tomatoes, some trials and others well known. Droplet is a fantastic red, Brown Berry a fantastic dark, and Green Grape is the best of all.

Fred’s Tie Dye is a new open-pollinated slicer tomato from Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farm.

Fred’s Tie Dye is a new open-pollinated slicer tomato from Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farm.

Howard German - what a gorgeous paste tomato!

Howard German - what a gorgeous paste tomato!

One of the new ‘tree-tomatoes’ from the dwarf tomato project. Such gorgeous striped tomatoes.

One of the new ‘tree-tomatoes’ from the dwarf tomato project. Such gorgeous striped tomatoes.

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Ananas Noir aka Black Pineapple. One of my most favourite beefsteaks.

Ananas Noir aka Black Pineapple. One of my most favourite beefsteaks.

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Box Car Wille

Box Car Wille

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Fargo’s Yellow Pear

Fargo’s Yellow Pear

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Reisetomate - The Traveler

Reisetomate - The Traveler

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Martino’s Roma

Martino’s Roma

Because even green tomatoes are beautiful…

Because even green tomatoes are beautiful…

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

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