Tomato report! I am inundated. It is all we’ve eaten the last few week… so much gazpacho, salmorejo, and caprese. My tomatoes were late this year. We had a a cold rainy spring and I had some BER for the first time in California (had a ton of it when lived in Atlanta). I didn’t get my act together in time to start seeds (I will next year I swear!), so I bought most of my tomatoes from a local heirloom tomato grower/breeder. I wrote up my assessment of each of the varieties:
Matt’s Wild Cherry (small red tomato) - I read rave reviews of these online, but they really weren’t very good for me. They are so tiny! Deep flavor but almost bitter. Very vigorous and the tomatoes hang forever.
Chocolate Cherry (brown tomato) - This is a new keeper I found from this thread. Great complex, large cherry tomatoes. Very vigorous plant.
Brandywine Sudduth- Once again our favorite large tomato. Sweet and complex… the true gourmet heirloom taste that you can’t get without growing tomatoes. I should really plant 2 of these and less new varieties. The plant is very large. It is as tall and vigorous as a cherry, but produces dozens of giant tomatoes… some are a few pounds each! It is very late. Only got my first ripe one last week, but it should produce a ton thorough early November.
Berkeley Tie-Dye - Lovely medium size striped tomatoes. Very good, but more watery than the last time I grew it. The plant grew out more than up and not as heavy a producer as I would like.
Mr. Stripey? - I should known not to buy tomatoes from HD… What I got was not a Mr. Stripey (a tomato I’ve grown many times before), but some solid yellow tomato. It is watery and not very flavorful but gives nice contrast on a plate. I put the plant is between a Sungold and the Sudduth, so it got devoured. I can barely find it, and the few tomatoes it produced I found by crawling under the Sudduth.
Sungold - I planted two of these as alway as they are our favorite: one from HD and one from the Tomato farm. They were both the same. Candy like sweetness and giant tomato plants that try to take over everything. More tomatoes that I can ever pick. They are the best most reliable tomato.
Rojita - This is a grape tomato that I tried for the first time. I am torn about it. When I first picked it, it was not very good, but now it is way better. Sweet thumb size tomatoes that last on the vine. It is not as productive as I would like.
Love Apple - This is a medium size purple tomato named after the tomato farm I bought the plants from. I really expected better flavor from a tomato that carries the name of such well reputed tomato growers/experts. It is very productive with dozens of large and beautiful tomatoes. If I was growing tomatoes for a farmer’s market, I would grow a lot of these; however the flavor is bland… it is watery and doesn’t really give that rich heirloom taste but looks like it should. However it is so early!! I may grow it again just because it was so nice having some large tomatoes in July and while not as good as other heirlooms, it is still better flavor wise than Early Girl.
Cherokee Purple - A reliable producer of decent tasty purple tomatoes. They look similar to the Love Apple, but have a bit more flavor, but not as much as previous years. Not as productive as Love Apple and way later. Got my first one mid August.
I got lucky with pests this year… there are no squirrels around for some reason and every night a local cat guards my property. I have security videos of it stalking something (rats likely) in the tomatoes at 3am! I love that cat!
To my friends and neighbors delight, we are about to go on our annual vacation. They can’t wait to have their pick of the tomatoes while we are gone for a few weeks. I worry about my plants and trees while we are gone… hope the drip holds steady.