RUSSET HOUSE FARM

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Located in Cameron, Ontario

All 2020 Varieties

Alleghany Sunset (78 days) An excellent flavoured 12-16 oz yellow/red streaked tomato with a uniform round shape. Very meaty, heavy with only a few seeds. Indeterminate.

 

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.

  

Aunt Ginny’s Purple (75-85 days) Some say the taste of this tomato rivals the great Pink Brandywine. Potato-leafed plants produce 12-16 oz reddish pink, sweet and juicy fruit. One of the most beautiful and interesting varieties with a great taste. Indeterminate.

 

Aunt Ruby’s German Green (80 days) Reportedly from Ruby Arnold of Greenville, Tennessee. Beefsteak sized fruits are five inches in diameter and weigh one pound or more. Sweet juicy, refreshingly spicy flavour. A southern favourite for making fried green tomatoes. 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. 

Big Rainbow (80-85 days) A spectacular large bicolour beefsteak with slight ribbing. This heirloom has a mottled orange and red exterior with brilliant coloured gold and red flesh.  This low acid, firm meaty tomato packs a good old-fashioned, juicy tomato taste. Big Rainbow has vigorous vines and good disease resistance. Indeterminate.

 

Black Cherry (64 days) This dark  1” tomato is a pure burst of delicious smoky flavour, especially when eaten straight off the vine.  Large, vigorous plants. Indeterminate.

  

Black Krim (80 days) Russian tomato named for the isle of Krim in the Black Sea. Slightly flattened 4-5″ globes up to 1.5 lb with dark greenish black shoulders. Excellent slightly smoky, salty flavour. Indeterminate.

 

Black Pineapple (aka Ananas Noire) (80 days) Ever wonder what the northern lights taste like? This tomato will let you know. Sweet, fruity, rich, smoky-it’s complex flavour reflects the spectrum of deep red-purple, green, yellow and pinkish red that you see. This is a large multi-coloured beefsteak with wonderful taste. 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 Black (80-85 days) A maroon red coloured tomato with outstanding sweet tomato flavour. Potato leaved. Large and meaty. 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.

*New* Brown Cherry Brown, oval tomato with dark green shoulders. Meaty, has little juice, and a great, sweet taste. Tall, productive plants. Indeterminate. NB: Not to be confused with Brown Berry which is slightly smaller round tomato with a more complex taste.

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.

*New* Cherokee Chocolate (80 days) Dark, brick-red, large, round tomatoes with subtle ribbing on the tops. Exceptionally rich, complex tomato flavour with a chocolaty appearance. A rogue heirloom, stabilized from Cherokee Purple. Indeterminate.

*New* Cherokee Purple (80 days) An old Cherokee heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink colour, superb sweet flavour with a hint of smoke. A very-large-sized fruit. 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. 

  

*New* Djeena Lee’s Golden Girl (80 days) Medium-large golden orange fruit have that perfect balance of acid and sugar that results in a sweet and tangy tomato taste. Djeena (pronounced 'Shena') who was part native-American, was the granddaughter of Minnesota financier, Jim Lee. In 1929 she gave plants to her young friend, Reverend Morrow, who has since sustained the variety. Djeena Lee's tomato won first prize at the Chicago Fair for many years in the 1920's. Indeterminate. 

*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. 

Earl of Edgecombe (80 days) A beautiful round, large yellow meaty tomato with a smooth creamy flavour.  Grows well in both dry and cold weather, resistant to cracking and blossom end rot. A staple in our garden. Compact plant. Indeterminate.

Elbe (86 days) One of our favourite tomatoes, bright orange large tomatoes with an excellent fruity smooth yet tangy taste. Potato leaved. 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. 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.

  

Golden Cherry (63 days) Incredibly sweet small cherry tomatoes in abundance, perfect for snacking on in the garden, sprinkling on salads or pasta. Indeterminate.

Green Grape (70 days) Ripe green-yellow 1” tomatoes in abundant grape-like clusters of 6-12 tomatoes. Pleasant sweet-tart taste with little seed. Does well in dry conditions; easy but untidy growth. Semi-indeterminate.

 

Green Zebra (Not technically an heirloom – developed in 1985  by California tomato breeder Tom Wagner.) (75-80 days) Yellow and green 3″ fruits with dark green vertical stripes. Emerald green flesh is juicy, sweet, zingy, yet mild. A bit exotic. Semi-determinate.

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.

 

Indigo Rose (80 days) Vigorous plants produce loads of purple-black salad-sized tomatoes in clusters of 6-8, with tangy tasty fruit. Contains the anti-oxident anthocyanin. Indeterminate.

 

Japanese Black Trifele (80 days) A Russian potato-leafed heirloom. One of the best tasting blacks with high yielding plants producing red-brown 6 oz fruit. This meaty pear-shaped fruit should be harvested while the shoulders are still green. Great in salads and for salsas. Indeterminate.

 

Jaune Flamme (70 days) Prolific French heirloom that bears in clusters of 9 or 10, beautiful, 1-1/2 inch, round golf-ball sized tomatoes that are persimmon-orange coloured inside and out. A delicious, tangy, full-bodied flavour that is great for snacking and salads. I consider this the best tasting tomato we grow. Indeterminate.

Kangaroo Paw Brown (75 days) Vigorous and compact, these tasty salad- sized tomatoes have deep crimson flesh and dark, chocolate coloured shoulders when ripe. Determinate.

  

Kellogg’s Breakfast (70-80 days) Very large, oblate shaped orange fruit that are both meaty and juicy. Wonderful flavour; our earliest orange tomato. Indeterminate.

 

Kenosha Paste (80 days) Beautifully shaped 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.

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.

*New* Monomakh’s Hat (70 days) This impressive Russian heirloom is named after the crown worn by Russian Tsars. Huge heart shaped tomatoes can grow up to 2lbs and are meaty with good taste. Very early for a large tomato. Outstanding! Semi Determinate.

Moon Glow (75 days) A deep orange, mid to large-sized oval tomato with a good flavour and heavy yields. 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* 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.

  

Mr. Stripey (NB: different from Tigerella, listed below!) Mid-season. Very large (up to 2 lbs) dense, meaty yellow fruit with pinkish red stripes, ridged shoulders and few seeds. Very mild, low acid taste. Some blight resistance. Indeterminate.

 

Nebraska Wedding (90 days) Large orange globe-shaped fruit  with no cracking. Sweet-acid flavour, very meaty. Heavy producer. Legend has it that Nebraskan brides were given this fruit as a gift on their wedding day. Indeterminate.

*New* Nepal (75-80 days) This long-vined plant produces a large crop of beautiful unblemished bright red medium sized fruit with good old-fashioned tomato flavour. Crack-resistent.  From the Himalayan Mountains.

*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. 

Old Ivory Egg (70-75 days) This rare, ivory cream tomato that is shaped and about the same size of a chicken egg originated from a Swedish seed saver. Abundant quantities yield a tomato with flesh that is  creamy, sweet and rich.

 

Orange Banana (85 days) An abundance of 3”-4” paste tomatoes that have an incredible tangy sweetness. We eat these fresh, and use them for sauces and salsas. They also keep well, and ripen well in the house. Green tomatoes harvested at last frost will ripen in the house until December! Indeterminate.

  

*New* Orange Strawberry (80 days) 7cm (3”) bright orange strawberry shaped fruits weigh up to 500g (1lb). Rich and sweet taste with few seeds. Good yields. Indeterminate.

Paul Robeson (75 days) A Russian heirloom, named after the opera singer who was an advocate of equal rights for African Americans. Very dark-red 8 oz tomato with green shoulders. Complex with a sweet yet tangy, rich flavour. Indeterminate.

*New* Picardy (70 days) An old French heirloom that dates back to the 1890’s, Picardy has dark red medium size fruit that are great canned or for fresh eating and that great old-fashioned tomato flavour! Indeterminate, regular leaf foliage. 

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.

Rosella Purple (75 days) A dwarf tomato, perfect for a large container or small garden space. The salad sized tomatoes ripen to a deep pink-purple colour. Full, intense, balanced and delicious flavour. 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* Southern Night (85 days) This heirloom variety from Russia produces good yields of 12 to 16 oz brownish-red beefsteak tomatoes with a rich, earthy, and smoky flavour. Perfect for salads, slicing, sandwiches, sauce, and canning. A potato leaf variety. The name refers to the dark summer nights of southern Russia!  Determinate. 

Striped Roman (75 days) A beautiful orange-red paste tomato, 4-6” long with wavy yellow stripes. Meaty with good flavour; excellent for sauces. Indeterminate. 

*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.

 

Tangerine (80-85 days) Delicious orange tomato, large, with a sweet and intense flavour. Resistant to cracking; a favourite in our garden. 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.

 

Tigerella (70 days) Lovely striped golf ball size fruit. Sweet, juicy,  incredible flavour. Red skin with yellow-orange stripes. A favourite in many gardens. 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* Violet Jasper (78 days) Smooth dark purplish-red flesh with green stripes which are less pronounced as it ripens. Fruit is rich and tangy-sweet. A high yield of jewel-like fruit in clusters, perfect for brightening up a salad or kebabs. A rare variety from China where it is called Tzi Bi U. Indeterminate.

White Currant (70 days) The fruit is tiny, barely an inch across, and creamy white, with skins having a pale yellow tint. One of the sweetest tomatoes, with superb flavour. The fruit grow in clusters, and the yield is huge! Large vining plants that trails well in a hanging basked.  A wild type. 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.

*New* Yellow Currant (70 days) The tiniest edible tomato, these abundant currant tomatoes have an intense sweet-tart flavour. Growing in easy-to-harvest clusters. these are the closest relative to the tiny ancestral special of wild tomato, hence are able to withstand extremely hot conditions. A favourite with gourmet chefs. Indeterminate.

Yellow Pear (75 days) Pear shaped fruit, large vigorous plants that need pruning. Good yields. Indeterminate.

*New* Yellow Perfection (70 days) Golf-ball sized bright yellow, thin-skinned fruit with excellent flavour. Originally from an old British seed company; from the 1800s. Indeterminate.