Red Varieties for 2020
Amish Paste (80 days) Amish heirloom discovered in Wisconsin. A large paste variety that is extremely tasty and excellent for canning, sauces and salsa. Is also excellent eaten fresh. Meaty with few seeds. Indeterminate.
Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo Red (80 days) This beefsteak has exceptional taste and aroma; a great slicer that is very dense and meaty. Andrew Rahart lived North of New York city and collected seeds from the local immigrants. This one is a mainstay. Indeterminate.
Baxter’s Bush Cherry (60 days) Very tasty 1″ bright red cherry. Great for snacking or salads. Vigorous and productive. Determinate growth habit which eliminated the need for staking. Works well in the topsy turvy tomato growing systems. Determinate.
Beaverlodge Slicer (55 days) Very early, with a wonderful sweet/tart taste. Plants are loaded with smooth blemish-free fruit. Perfect for containers or hanging baskets. Determinate.
Beefsteak (90 days) A very old standard variety. Fruits are large, meaty, ribbed and deep scarlet . Weights average 12 oz. Fairly soft skinned for easy slicing. Indeterminate.
*New* Believe it or Not (85 days) Huge bright red, fantastic flavoured tomato with sweet, juicy, meaty flesh. Perfect for sandwiches and making juice. Indeterminate.
Box Car Willie (80 days) Perfect round red, medium to large tomatoes, extremely tasty and dependable. We first grew this tomato in a drought year, and it did wonderfully. A favourite of many. Indeterminate.
Brandywine, Pink (Sudduth strain) (90 days) Considered the original Brandywine tomato. Similar to the red version except this one has the characteristic potato-leafed foliage. Same great taste for this large pink fruit. Indeterminate.
Brandywine, Red (Landis valley strain) (80 days) One of the most famous heirlooms (1885, Amish), the winner of many taste tests with bright tangy flavour. Large beefsteak type, up to 1 lb., ideal for slices, salads and sandwiches. Not a heavy producer. Long vines. Indeterminate.
Brookpact (60 days) This early red is good for those with limited space. Plants tend to be small and neat but produce lots of large 6-10 oz fruit. Determinate.
Bush Beefsteak (65 days) Compact and prolific, huge yields of early 8 oz. beefsteak tomatoes in clusters. Determinate.
Chadwick’s Cherry (72 days) An heirloom variety that has been grown for over 100 years. Plants produce high yields of small 1” red cherry tomatoes which grow in clusters. Sweet-tart flavour. Perfect for snacking or salads. Indeterminate.
Chiapas Wild Cherry Tomato This ancient variety from Mexico has an intense bright fruity flavour. Tiny tomatoes. Indeterminate.
*New* Cosmonaut Volkov (75 days) The large, deep red globes have a rich complex sweet/tart flavour and a wonderful aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. A taste-test winner. This is a Ukrainian heirloom grown by the family of Russian space engineer/gardener, Mikhailovich Maslov, who named it for his comrade Vladislav Volkov, a Russian astronaut, who died while returning from the first visit to the Earth's first space station. Good in cooler growing areas. Indeterminate.
Ernie’s Plump (80 days) An Italian saucer tomato that cooks down to the reddest, richest, most flavourful sauce ever! But just as delicious straight out of the garden. 8-12 oz fruits are a most unique shape: “plump” double pears with a tiny blossom scar. Extreme producer. A very popular plum type.
*New* Druzba (75 days) Bulgarian heirloom has exquisite taste and is an easy to grow main crop tomato. 10 cm. juicy fruits are deep red, uniformly round and blemish free. Good disease resistance. Druzba means “friendship” in Bulgarian. Indeterminate.
*New* Eros Early. 2–3" orangey-red, plum-shaped, semi-meaty tomatoes that produce in large numbers. Fabulous in salads. Indeterminate.
Gardener’s Delight (70 days) Large red cherry tomato with good yields in clusters on a large plant. Very sweet and juicy. Indeterminate.
German Red Strawberry (80 days) Very large, reddish pink, heart shaped tomato on a large, vigorous plant. Tart, juicy, thick flesh with small seed pockets. A delicious lingering taste. German heirloom. Indeterminate.
Gigantesque (75 days) This rare Russian variety was originally from the Ukraine. The regular-leaf plants produce a heavy yield of 1-2 lb orange-red, beefsteak tomatoes with a meaty flesh with very few seeds and a wonderful robust flavour. Indeterminate.
Grightmire’s Pride (65 days) A large, early, meaty, low seed, low acid fruit with good taste. Indeterminate.
Harbinger (55-60 days) Terrific flavour, reliable, lots per plant of medium-sized, thin-skinned fruit. Introduced 1910. Does well in cool areas. Indeterminate.
Kenosha Paste (80 days) Beautifully shaped red paste type fruit, 6-8 oz. High yield with outstanding excellent flavour, very meaty with few seeds. Indeterminate.
Manitoba (60 days) Developed in Manitoba, this 6 oz bright red tomato is very smooth with a slightly flattened appearance. Bush-like plants are very productive yet stay relatively small. Resistant to cracking. Good for the topsy turvy tomato growing systems. Determinate – so does not need staking.
Marianna’s Peace (75 days) Large pink heirloom with Czechoslovakian origin.Tomatoes are oddly shaped and incredibly tasty. Does well in drought conditions in our garden. Indeterminate.
Matt’s Wild Cherry (60 days) A very sweet tiny tomato. Grows wild in eastern Mexico. This vining plant will sprawl sometimes 6 ft so this variety requires space or trellis support. Some blight resistance. Indeterminate.
*New* Millet’s Dakota (70 days) Developed by John W. Millet of Bismarck, North Dakota and introduced by the Oscar H. Will seed company in 1913. A drought tolerant tomato that produces 6-8 ounce red oblate fruit with good flavour. Easy to peel. Nice size for canning. Determinate, regular leaf foliage.
Minibel (Early) Small, round, red, cherry tomato. Sweet and juicy. Plants are only 12" tall. Bear all summer long. Grows fantastically in containers. Determinate.
*New* Mountain Princess (65 days) An heirloom tomato from the Monongahela National Forest region of West Virginia. Very reliable, early, productive plant. The red, 6-8 ounce fruit are blemish free and have a mild sweet flavour. A must for northern areas. Determinate. Low Acid.
Moneymaker (69 days) An old English heirloom; produces 4-6 oz globes that are intensely red, smooth and of very high quality. This variety grows well in hot humid climates and greenhouses, sets in most any weather. Produces up to 60 fruits per plant. Flavourful and becoming rare. Indeterminate.
Mortgage Lifter (71 days) Large (1-2 lbs), meaty and vigorous red beefsteak. Original ‘Radiator Charlie’ strain. Legendary tomato developed in the 1930s by M. C. Byles of Logan, West Virginia. It is said that he sold his remarkable plants for $1.00 each and paid off his mortgage in six years. The fruits are very large, pink, over a pound each and one of the best beefsteak flavours available. A good slicer with few seeds. Plants are highly productive and disease resistant. Indeterminate.
Moskvitch (60 days) Fruits are early, deep red, and cold tolerant. Rich luscious flavour. Smooth and globe-shaped, medium sized fruit. Indeterminate.
*New* Nile River Egyptian (80 days) A very tasty tomato with a superb and balanced sweet/acid taste. The fruit are red, mostly oxheart shaped and up to 2 lbs. Great for tomato sandwiches. An ancient tomato; endangered. Indeterminate.
Ponderosa Pink Beefsteak (75 days) A solid, large, meaty pinkish red tomato with a pleasant mild taste. Low acid content. Indeterminate.
Red Fig (75 days) A tomato that yields hundreds of small pear-shaped red tomatoes with a wonderful sweet flavour – perfect for snacking or in salads. This heirloom has been grown since the 18th century. Derives its name from the traditional manner of processing with a sugar syrup, then dried and stored as a substitute for figs. Indeterminate.
*New* Reisentomate Very unusual tomato. Red, very tart—almost sour—flavour. Grows 2” to 4” with sections that can be pulled off individually and eaten. Juicy inside each section, but not messy to pull apart. Also called Traveller's Tomato. Origins in Central America. Indeterminate.
Rocky (75 days) An incredibly large paste tomato, each meaty fruit growing to 6” long. Full flavoured, they are perfect for sauces, but delicious enough to eat fresh. Indeterminate.
Roma (75 days) Long renowned for delicious sauces and pastes, the classic Roma tomato has a heavy yield, meaty flesh with few seeds, and excellent taste and texture. Compact vines. Determinate.
Rose (80 days) Strong leafy plants bear beautiful large meaty beefsteak tomatoes that are smooth and incredibly tasty (some say they rival Brandywine for taste). Showed strong blight resistance in our garden this last year. Long yielding this tomato is great in salads and for canning and sauces. Indeterminate.
San Marzano (78 days) This Italian heirloom traced back to the 1700s is perhaps the best known paste tomato in the Italian community. A compact and prolific producer of bright red, 3 inch fruit over a long season, this plum type tomato has heavy walls with few seed so it’s great for tomato sauce. The San Marzano tomato is reputed to be the only tomato that can be used for sauce on a true Neapolitan pizza. Indeterminate.
Scotia (60 days) This Canadian-bred small bush variety produces heavy yields of medium-sized fruit in short season areas. A beautiful early tomato with a lovely sweet flavour. Popular for using the unripe tomatoes to make the famous Maritime Green Tomato Relish. Determinate.
Sicilian Saucer (75 days) Huge heavy red tomato, up to 2 pounds, slightly flattened shape. Thick, juicy, meaty flesh. One slice is all you need for your sandwich. A well-behaved plant that does not require staking. We have won the “largest tomato” prize at the fair with this tomato. Determinate.
*New* Stump of the World (80 days) A potato leaf, large red beefsteak, sweet, meaty and juicy, with a rich old-fashioned tomato flavour. Indeterminate.
Stupice (50-60 days) A 2 inch plum shaped fruit which grows in clusters. A Czechoslovakian heirloom which is good for eating fresh, in salads or for drying. Very early and continues to produce all season. Excellent flavour. Indeterminate.
Teton de Venus (65 - 75 days) We have grown this variety for over fifteen years and use it for salsa and sauces. The excellent sweet taste, however, means that it often finds its way into salads as well. The large paste-type fruit is juicy and the large plant is very productive. Indeterminate.
*New* Thai Pink Egg (75 days) An heirloom from Thailand, true pink, firm, oval salad-size fruits with terrific flavour and abundant production. Does well in hot humid weather. Great for snacking and salads. Indeterminate.
*New* Tonodose des Conores (75 days) This rare French heirloom cherry tomato has very dark red fruit. The large plants are very productive and the fruit are sweet. Extremely rare. Indeterminate.
*New* Xiaoyangzao Mid-season. A bit larger and denser than a cherry tomato; oval-shaped, red with intense flavour. Good for sun-dried tomatoes. Supposedly translates as ‘small seed’ or ‘small life.’ Indeterminate.