Tomato-mania

My yearly tomato craze has begun.

tomatoes and succulents

Yesterday, my favorite local nursery, Native Nurseries, posted on their Facebook page that their first round of tomatoes were in. So, of course, I had to go as soon as possible.

tomatoes
Blue Berries and Solar Flair seedlings

I have already started two new varieties (Blue Berries and Solar Flair) from seed and they are coming along nicely.  After discussing all the details of the new types with Lilly, I chose to bring home one each of Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Sweet Solano, and Haley’s Purple Comet. All of these along are from Wild Boar Farms collection.

I also had to get one of the most productive and delicious tomatoes, the Juan Flamme. A French heirloom, this one delivers loads of bright orange, apricot-sized, crack resistant fruits that have the perfect fruity/tangy flavor for salads or just fresh sliced with a little salt and pepper. This will be the fourth year I’ve grown this variety and I highly recommend it!

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I can’t wait to see how these new ones perform both in the garden and in my kitchen. As I was leaving with my tomato selections and a few succulents I couldn’t pass up, Lilly informed me that they will have even more new varieties next week. Guess who will be going back…TOMATO-MANIA!

Click on the names below to see a picture of these beautiful fruits. My garden is going to be so gorgeous this year! Descriptions from Wild Boar Farms and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye — Beautiful, early, and very sweet rich flavor. 10 out of 10 people liked it better then Cherokee Purple in a farmers market taste off. Port wine colored beefsteak with metallic green stripes. Excellent sweet, rich dark tomato flavor.  Fabulous.

Sweet Solano — Very attractive yellow with green stripes turning deep orange color with gold stripes. Stays firm, very sweet with a hint of tropical fruit.

Haley’s Purple Comet — Wonderful large cherry tomato. Sweet, productive with rich “dark tomato” flavor. Originally from Cherokee Purple.

Blue Berries — Very dark purple color, which means it’s super-rich in anthocyanins. Unripe, the fruits are a glowing amethyst purple. At maturity they turn deep red where the fruit was shaded; the areas that received intense sunshine are a purple so deep it’s almost black! The flavor is intensely fruity, and sugar-sweet.

Solar Flair —  This 6-10 ounce beefsteak is red with gold stripes and has very meaty flesh with luscious sweet red tomato flavor. Bradley Gates describes it as one of his “work horses.”

Juan Flame

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