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Raised Veggie Bed

I thought I’d update everyone on a new project we did in 2020 (and Contrary Charlie LOVES when I come up with a new project….snorrrrt!) We decided to show all my Plantheads how easy it is to create a new raised veggie bed, often with material you have just laying around. We used cinderblocks, then filled the area with “Garden Mix” (1/2 topsoil, ¼ sand, ¼ mushroom compost mixed well) and it was like butttahhh to plant and weed.

As we planted the veggie and herb plants we incorporated worm castings (garden gold!) and Tomatotone into each planting hole.  We used the chain link fence panels as a support for our cukes (and to help keep naughty critters out). Contrary Charlie had the brilliant idea to plant herbs and flowers in the top of the cinderblocks and that worked maaahhhhvelously (I of COURSE forgot to take pictures of them as they matured but trust me, they were wonderful, and the petunias and coleus served as softners to the harsh blocks and attractants to pollinators.

The herbs were easily harvested too!) This was both a practical and beautiful use of space. This raised bed was MUCH easier to maintain as the weeds could not creep in, and watering and harvesting was a breeze. Just make sure that you stake or cage the plants early so they don’t get out of control and grow together! We have plan to expand the area in 2023, so come and see (we just might put you to work!)

Praying Mantis pointing to awesome Heirloom Tomatoes!
Praying Mantis pointing to awesome Heirloom Tomatoes!

It is time to update my fave list as I’ve grown scads more varieties that have wiled their way into my heart! Again, you know how very oh so hard it is for me to choose between my babies, but I really believe the following are absolute “GOTTA-TRIES!” No excuses saying that you don’t have room in the ground to put them as I have grown many (INCLUDING Indeterminates!) in large pots. Just make sure to put in plenty of organic material, use large pots (with holes!), and provide some support (we all need someone to lean on, right??!) If I can manage to fend off the Shelties and the chipmunks, I usually have very good production….come and see what we do with ours!


Tomato Aunt Ginny's Purple (my pic)

1. Aunt Ginny’s Purple—–I really ADORE this meaty, nearly seedless, large, beautiful tomato—-tastes and looks fantastic, and very versatile! About time she got promoted to The List!

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Tomato Virginia Sweets

2. Virginia Sweets—- I HAFTA keep this one on! These gorgeous bicolor tastes as outstanding as she looks!

Picture: Tomato Thessalonik

3. Thessaloniki— I OF COURSE have to keep this one on as it is my perennial pick for the all-around best “regular” tomato that won’t freak out the non-Heirloom crowd. Productive, tasty, gorgeous….teleios!

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Tomato Mark Twain (my pic)

4. Mark Twain—- Excellent slicer and all around great ‘mater for all purposes! Very productive and just yummy!!!

Tomato Vilma Microdwarf (my pic)

5. ALL of the Microdwarfs! I can’t just pick one of these Wee Wonders! I have grown all of them that I currently offer (Chibikko, Jochalas, Pinochhio Orange, and Vilma) in containers as small as two gallons and they produced and tasted outstandingly! All summer to frost these little ‘mater machines cranked out little gems. And they are soooo cute and soooo easy; just like a pet Sheltie in a pot!

6. Black Strawberry— This Tomato was Da Bomb! Very very productive and one of the most gorgeous tomatoes I’ve ever seen! Grew her in a container and she was outstanding! Highly highly recommended!!!!

7. Blue Beauty—- Just look at her pic and tell me she’s not Da Bomb! And yummmyyyyyy!

Picture Tomato Brad's Atomic Grape #1 (my pic)

8. Brad’s Atomic Grape—- Now anyone that knows my tomato preferences knows that I am not overly fond of MOST cherry or grape tomatoes. Ya get lotsa bang for your buck but not what I think of as a true tomato taste. Well look out cuz I found one that has it all! I ADORE this prolific producer, and cosmically cool looking to boot!

Picture Tomato Dwarf Scarlet Heart (courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

9. Dwarf Scarlet Heart, Dwarf Purple Heart, Tanunda Red, Summer Sunrise, Dwarf Wild Fred—– I know, kinda cheating, but I really couldn’t decide which one to choose. Did I mention how ridiculously hard it is to choose between all these fantastic ‘maters? Anywhooooo, I adore ALL of the Dwarf Series that I have tried, but these five I’ve chosen to highlight as standouts. I grow almost all of my Dwarfs in very large tree pots (minimum 10 gallons, 15 gallons better). I fill containers with Garden Mix (1/2 top soil, ¼ sand, ¼ mushroom compost) and use worm castings (Garden Gold and a MUST USE) and Tomatotone in the hole when I plant them. I also make sure I use a support (either a large stake or cage). ANYONE with a few feet of outdoor space and several hours of sun can grow these fabulous Dwarfs, so NO EXCUSES!

Tomato Helsing Junction Blue sliced (my pic)

10. Helsing Junction Blue—-HA! Another small one (cherry) made my list! VERY VERY rich tomato flavor, outstanding production and intriguing and gorgeous fruit and foliage are the reasons why.

11. Neves Azorean—- Stayed on the list. You know those tomatoes you used to pick at Grams and rush inside to eat? Close your eyes and take a bite out of this one and you’ll swear you stepped into a time machine (yep, it’s THAT good).

12. Girl Girl’s Weird Thing—- First of all, it had me at the name. I can relate cuz I have naughty Shelties that steal tomatoes, even though they try to convince me that they have not (note to all Shelties reading this—when you have a white bib it is awfully hard to disguise the tell-tale green tomato foliage staining, no matter how innocent and adorable you may look). This tomato produces unusual and rich fruit in abundance! And I can’s always get seeds, so get ‘er when you can!)

Tomato German Red Strawberry sliced (my pic)

13. German red Strawberry— Have I mentioned how I ADORE Oxhearts? Well I do, and this one is a STANDOUT.

14. Berkeley Tie Dye— Had been a favorite of mine for quite a while…. Beautiful and prolific, great slicer and all around great tomato!


Lexie always rarin’ to go

Now, again to repeat, this list is in NO WAY supposed to limit your choices, but just to act as a guide for some of the ones we highly recommend. Many of the new ones each year are also new to me, so there’s no sayin’ that one (or more) of them won’t end up on this list in the near future! I always do SCADS of research before picking the finalists to grow for the year, so be confident that all have gotten RAVE reviews. A couple of AWESOME Heirloom books to recommend: The Heirloom Tomato by Amy Goldman (and the pictures are enough to make you DROOL!); 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for American Gardens by Carolyn Male; and Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity by Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney. As always, I would LOVE to hear YOUR feedback on the ones you’ve enjoyed…PLEASE let us know your thoughts!

Picture: Tomato Grouping
You know how a group of crows is called a murder, a group of finches is called a charm, a group of Blue Jays is called a party, and a group of owls is called a parliament???
Welllllll…..What do you call a group of tomatoes…???? Give???
Spaghetti Sauce!

For your planting pleasure we have found these new Terrifically Tempting Tasty Tomatoes you truly must try!!!

Tomato bounty #2 from customer Roy

New for 2023

Aunt Lou’s Underground Railroad
Apricot Zebra
Evil Olive
Grandma Mary’s Paste
Greek Domata
Italian Giant Beefsteak
Not Purple Strawberry
Pineapple Pig
Queen of the Night
Sgt. Pepper
Thunburn’s Terra Cotta
Thunder Mountain
Tim’s Taste of Paradise
Ukrainian Purple
Dwarf Beauty King
Dwarf Caitydid
Dwarf Firebird
Dwarf Golden Gypsy
Dwarf Hannah’s Prize
Tartufo (Microdwarf)
Tumbler (Microdwarf)

Now for the stars of the show!


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Tomato ‘African Queen’

Pictre Tomato African Queen

($5.95) Indeterminate (?70 days?) This potato leaf family heirloom from North Carolina is one that Amy Goldman adores and says is a “gotta-have”! It’s a BIG producer of very juicy pink beefsteaks; seeds most probably were brought to this country with slaves from the Caribbean (I just love history, don’t you?!) I tried her for the first time in 2014 and she deserves all the accolades and raves—she truly is fantastic! Meaty, tomato-ey and prolific! (VERY limited)

 Tomato ‘Alice’s Dream’

Tomato Alice's Dream (courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75-80 days) This beauty is the whole package….. gorgeous dark tinted foliage, yellow fruits with dark highlights and red streaks, and a rich tomato flavor! Bang, Zoom to the Moon!!!

Photo courtesy Heritage Seed Market

Tomato ‘Amazon Chocolate

Tomato Amazon Chocolate (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) As you all know, “black” tomatoes like ‘Paul Robeson’ and ‘Black Cherry’ are becoming my absolute FAVES due to their complex, rich, and almost smoky taste. That being said, this newbie is bound to make it into my favorite category! I have not yet tasted it, but have done scads of research and this one has emerged as an absolute BEST in show! This potato-leaf variety originally came from the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea and produces copious amounts of HUGE purple brown fruits (1 lb. plus!). We aren’t growing lots of them, so get ‘em quick (ya know I’m keeping one!) 

Photo courtesy Baker Creek

 Tomato ‘Amish Paste’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) This Heirloom produces Oxheart shaped 8-12 oz tomatoes; they aren’t really paste-like ‘cause they have seeds and are juicy! It is Aunt Ruthie’s FAVORITE, and we grow it from organic seeds.

Photo courtesy of customer Tim.

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Tomato ‘Apricot Zebra’

New in 2023

Description coming soon.

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

 Tomato ‘Atomic Fusion’

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days)  As I enjoyed Brad’s Atomic Grape so very much, I thought I would try his bigger brother.  This one’s a blast with 2 – 5 oz. stunningly gorgeous grape tomatoes with a sweet flavor and high yields.  Bazinga!!!

 Tomato ‘Aunt Ginny’s Purple’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This is a 12 oz to 2 lb Beefsteak Heirloom that is deep pink (not really purple), resists cracking, and “cuts & tastes like filet mignon”!! WOW! She has been promoted to my top ten-ish list, and if you want a productive, meaty and truly fab tomato she is your gal!

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Tomato ‘Aunt Lou’s Underground Railroad’

New in 2023

Description coming soon.

 Tomato ‘Aunt Ruby’s German Green’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This is a spicy and sweet 16 oz GREEN beefsteak Heirloom that is a pick of Chef Rick Bayless! Try something different! A favorite of Aunt Ruth, our tomato guru!


 Tomato ‘Barlow Japanese’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (?75 days?) This potato leaf variety was originally smuggled out of Japan after WW II. It produces medium to large, pleated, pink fruits that are awesome slicers! After I trying this one in 2014, I would HIGHLY recommend it for rustic tomato sauce in addition to its perfect use as a slicer! (VERY limited)

 Tomato ‘Bear Claw’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This one produces HUGE red fruits that are meaty and superb….BLT’s anyone? See how yummy they look?!

 Tomato ‘Belmonte Cuore’ 

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(Suggested Subs are Cour De Bue, German Red Strawberry, Italian Stallion, Heart of the Bull)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A RARE red Oxheart from Italy that is SPECTACULAR for sauces, salsas, and of course fresh eating, has few seeds, and produces like CRAZY! Very limited.

 Tomato ‘Berkeley Tie Dye’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) I can hardly wait to try these open-pollinated “created” Heirlooms from Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms, known as the “Tomato Guy” in the California Bay area. He does a lot of cross pollinating and natural mutation discovery to come up with some really wild and wacky (but delicious!) fruits. This one produces large, VERY meaty fruits that are oranges-red with lots of green stripes. Very dense flesh is not very juicy but described as tangy and assertive. Great production; PLEASE give me your feedback on these! 

After trying these, I put them on my Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

After trying these, I put them on my Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Tomato ‘Black & Brown Boar’

Tomato Black and Brown Boar from customer Kathy

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) A STRIKING small tomato (3-4 oz) from Wild Boar Farms, this one is a mutation of Green Zebra with glorious, complex taste….a HUGE producer too!

Photo from customer Kathy.

Tomato ‘Black Beauty’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A Wild Boar Farms newbie that is touted as being THE darkest tomato EVER! A medium sized ‘mato with red flesh . Tried it, loved it! Our photos.

Tomato ‘Black Cherry’ 

Tomato Black Cherry from customer Roy

($5.95) Indeterminate (64 days) This one produces 1” round deep purple to mahogany brown fruits; the only true “black” Cherry! Yummy!!

Photo from customer Roy

Tomato ‘Black Strawberry’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (60 days) This cocktail tomato is sugar sweet and very prolific; extremely early too! A beauty to boot….a real pleasure both visually and taste-wise. VERY limited!

 After trying it for the first time on 2022, we discovered it was DA Bomb, and it even moved into my top ten-ish list! Grew her in a container on our patio and she is extraordinarily productive and gorgeous. Will DEFINITELY be growing her again!!!

 Tomato ‘Black Vernisage’ 

Tomato Black Vernisage bottom left (courtesy Baker)

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) From Ukraine, this beauty is as productive as it is gorgeous. The 2 oz saladettes are simply breathtaking and will be a pleasure to grow!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Blondkopfchen’

Picture: Tomato Lucie, Ball, Blondkopfchen, Cherry More heirlooms from customer Diana!

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This ‘little blonde girl’ from East Germany is a brilliant yellow, non-cracking adorable cherry tomato. Described as having excellent flavor; big producer too!

Tomato Lucie (Big ones, Top Left), Eva Purple Ball (Top Right), Cherry Tomatoes [ Yellow is Blondkopfchen tomato, Dark is Black Cherry tomato].

Photo from customer Diana

 Tomato ‘Blood Moon’

Tomato Blood Moon

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) You will be howlin’ with joy at this cross between two of my absolute faves – Pink Berkeley Tie Dye and Blue Beauty!  The ‘maters are 8 – 12 oz. and meaty with a rich sweet flavor.  WoooooooHoooooo!

Tomato ‘Blue Beauty’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another gorgeous newbie from Wild Boar Farms that is absolutely LOADED with anthocyanins (anti-oxidants)! They are small beefsteaks and great slicers; shoulders turn a lovely deep blue! Sunburn and crack-resistant too! My mom grew this one for me in 2014 and all I can say is WOW! It’s delish, gorgeous, and an AWESOME producer! She really is destined to be elevated to my next top “ten-ish” list! As you can see from the pictures I took of the stages (L), she goes from green with blue shoulders to orangey-red with blue shoulders that lighten up as they ripen. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!

Tomato ‘Blue Berries’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A new cherry from Wild Boar Farms that has extremely high levels of anthocyanins and is stunning to boot! VERY productive, crack resistant, and has brick red flesh. As I was not quick enough to snag one of these plants before they sold out in 2014, good buds John and Lizzie Lou were gracious enough to share some of their bounty with me. And share they did, as this fabulous tomato produced SCADS and SCADS of glorious looking and phenomenal tasting little jewels! I wanted to share with you pictures of what they look like unripe (truly do look like little blueberries don’t they?!), but don’t eat them then or you’ll wonder why I am raving about them! Wait until they are wait until they are PURPLE RED WITH BLUSHES OF BLUE when ripe—then you’ll see why I adore them!

 Tomato ‘Blue Dawg Red’ 

Tomato Blue Dawg Red (courtesy Bunny Hop Seeds)

($5.95) Indeterminate (60 days)This is the red cherry version of Black Dog that I so enjoyed last year: I can hardly wait to try this one and hope it’s as good as its brother! Very Very very limited, but I’ll be keeping one to report on!

Photo courtesy Bunny Hop Seeds

Tomato ‘Bobbie’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) A pink Oxheart with an excellent blend of sweet and sassy AND awesome resistance to blossom end rot!

Photo courtesy of my buddy Cyndy!

 Tomato ‘Brad’s Atomic Grape’

Picture Tomato Brad's Atomic Grape #1 (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This out of this world grape tomato is da bomb!   Tried him for the first time in 2019 and he will forever be in my garden.  Actually grew him a large pot and production was fantastic and constant.  The shelties loved him too!  As beautiful as he is delicious.


Tomato ‘Cherokee Purple’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This purple American heirloom is often the standard by which all dark tomatoes are judged, and for good reason.  He produces gorgeous, very large dusky tomatoes with sweet superb flavor!  Great production too!

Tomato Cherokee Purple sliced #2 (my pic)

Tomato ‘Cherriots of Fire’

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A fantastic, sexy cherry tomato with an awesome name, she produces Gobs of Gorgeous Goodness! Adorable, aren’t they?

Tomato ‘Chestnut Chocolate’

Tomato Chestnut Chocolate

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Another beauty from Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farms, this high athocyanin content cherry produces rich sweet fruit in abundance. It’s crack resistant and a very long keeper too. Some fruit may get larger than cherry sized. I tried this one for the first time in 2021, and I was BLOWN AWAY with the flavor! Tastes sweet and Smokey, with a firm texture and outstanding production. Be sure to pick when ripe (not green on the bottom but red) and it will become a fave for you also! Most definitely will have a space in my garden and will be on my new top ten-ish list. AND they look so very intriguing while growing…..

Tomato ‘Chocolate Cherry’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This prolific cherry tomato produces 1” reddish brown fruits that resist cracking and can be picked and ripened off vine without sacrificing flavor!!! A Contrary Mary taste test WINNER!

Photo courtesy customer Virginia!

Tomato ‘Chocolate Stripes’

Picture: Tomato Chocolate Stripes

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A green and red striper described as a MUST GROW that produces 10-18 oz fruits in abundance with sweet and perfect tomato flavor. Gorgeous to boot!

Picture courtesy of Heritage Seed Market.

Tomato ‘Cosmic Eclipse’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) Another Wild Boar Farms stunner with 3 oz fruits that ripen to red with green stripes and purple/black highlights…far out man! Our photo.

Tomato ‘Coure Di Bue’

Picture: Tomato Cour Di Bue

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This Italian Beauty is a FANTASTIC all-around tomato! A red, 12 oz. Oxheart, she is so very versatile as she can be used fresh and for cooking and canning. This one’s VERY VERY  meaty, with few seeds and a maaaaahvelous flavor!!!


Tomato ‘Coure de Toro’

($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) This one’s a HUGE Italian Oxheart with sweet and rich flavor; outstanding sauce and salsa maker with few seeds and great productivity.

Tomato ‘Crème Brûlée’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Really, how could you NOT love a tomato with this name??! This wondrous “black” tomato from the former Soviet Union is medium-sized, globe shaped, and a rich caramel color with hues of red and chocolate. She ain’t just beautiful…..she’s also lusciously delicious, with the rich tomato taste you would expect from a black tomato! I would love feedback and pictures! I have a very very hard time obtaining seeds but will keep her on the website in hopes I can procure some as she is so fabulous.

Tomato ‘Cuban Black’

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Semi-Indeterminate (75 days) A “black’” medium sized tomato that won the taste test for BEST black at Heritage Farms a couple of years ago, so ya KNOW ya gotta try it! Also would be great for pots or small gardens. After personally growing this one in 2014, I have to say it is another “gotta-have”….prolific, delish, and pretty as a picture!


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Tomato ‘Dad’s Sunset’ 

Tomato Dad's Sunset from Cyndy

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) If you’re looking for a Cornucopia Of Awesomeness in an orange tomato, here he is!!! Perfect looking and tasting, he produces 10 oz glowing orange globes that are meaty and delicious!

Photo from Cyndy

Tomato ‘Dark Galaxy’

($5.95) Indeterminate (?70 days?) Another Wild Boar intro that is fun and funky, perfect for Plantheads! The small fruit starts out green with purple spotting, and ripens to rusty red with flecks of gold. Out of this world (!!) I was right to take my chances and try this one—-it truly IS out of this world, both taste and looks-wise! A customer told me that his 85 year old neighbor said that this one was maybe the BEST tomato she had ever tried, and that truly is saying something! (VERY limited)

Tomato ‘Dester’

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Also known as Dester’s Amish Beefsteak, he won first place at Seed Savers Exchange tasting in 2011, and second place in 2012…..VERY impressive! After trying this one for the first time in 2014, Contrary Charlie REALLY loved this one!


Dwarf Tomato Project 

Before I introduce you to the next lovelies, I have to say a few words about the Dwarf Tomato Project as it SO intrigues me! All are open pollinated crosses of Heirlooms, and it began as a collaboration of Heirloom tomato buffs from the US and Australia in an attempt to create thick, healthy, dwarf heirloom tomatoes that can easily be grown in small spaces so EVERYONE can enjoy marvelous tasting ‘Matos! Their heights vary between 2-4½’, but you may still want to stake them as they are all supposed to be great producers and can get very top heavy with fruit! All are in VERY LIMITED quantities, so don’t blame me if you miss out! After trying the Dwarf Tomato Project plants for the first time in 2014, I can try say that they NEED to be in everyone’s tomato garden (and no excuses that you have no room ‘cause I grew mine in very large pots and they grew and produced absolutely fabulously!) Please, please, please give me your pictures and feedback!

Tomato ‘Adelaide Festival’ (Dwarf)

Picture Tomato Adelaide Festival #2 (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another stunningly beautiful dwarf. She is a cross between Rosella Purple and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye (Two of my Fav’s) and produces 8 to 10 oz purple globes with olive stripes. Grew her for the first time in 2019. She’s a real winner!!

Tomato ‘Al-Kuffa’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Al-Kuffa sliced

(60 days) This early producer of 3-4 oz red, very tasty tomatoes is an Heirloom from Iraq. Is a compact grower and produces GOBS of fruit all season, even in the really hot weather! We really LOVE this one and I am placing it with the dwarfs as it is a very compact grower and does well in pots.

 Tomato ‘Boronia’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) From the Dwarf Tomato Project, this one is a cross between New Big Dwarf and Paul Robeson and boasts a flavor to rival Cherokee Purple! Has 6-10 oz purple fruits on a very compact plant.

 Tomato ‘Broody Hen’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Broody Hen on the vine

($5.95) Indeterminate  (60 days) This little chick produces 2-5 oz red ‘maters in abundance, and very early too! She grows only about 24-30” tall, is an excellent producer, and good for both fresh eating and canning! Tried this Dwarf for the first time in 2021 and she is DEFINITELY a keeper! Very very very productive and excellent taste; just the right mix of sweet and tangy. Fruit keeps well on the vine with no disintegration, and a perfect size for salads. Pretty sure she’s going to end up on my new top ten-ish list (high praise indeed!)

Tomato ‘Chibikko (Microdwarf)’

Picture Tomato Chibikko close up

($5.95) Indeterminate Tomato Chibikko (courtesy Bunny Hop Seeds) ($4.50) Micro dwarf (65 days) There is a new-ish trend to try to make tomatoes even more dwarfy and container friendly, and I cannot wait to get on board! This is my first micro-dwarf I am trying, and this adorable wee-bee gets only 12-15” tall! Ellie from Bunny Hop sez this cutie still produces well, providing many shiny red and delicious cherry tomatoes! I want NO excuses….everyone has room for HER!

Tomato ‘Chocolate Champion’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Another yummy chocolate small Beefsteak producer on a compact plant from The Dwarf Tomato Project series that is a cross between Golden Dwarf Champion x Cherokee Chocolate and is quite delish!

Picture Tomato Dwarf Saucy Mary and Chocolate Champion

Dwarf Saucy Mary and Chocolate Champion.

Tomato ‘Dirty Little Chicken’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Dirty Little Chicken (my pic)

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (68 days) How could I not grow this one – what a name!  Looks like she has been rolling around in the dust and having fun!  A big producer of 6 – 10 oz. beefsteaks that are orange with splotches of rusty brown;  can hardly wait to try her.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Awesome’ 

Tomato Dwarf Awesome

($5.95) (70 days) Just as her name implies, this beauty produces sweet 6-8 oz yellow tomatoes with red blushing that are the peak of awesomeness! Very productive also! Tried this one for the first time in 2021 and I must say it is named appropriately! A very good producer of unusually colored dusty orange medium sized tomatoes that have a fruity flavor that is on the sweet side. Highly recommended!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Beauty King’

New in 2023

Description coming soon

Tomato ‘Dwarf Bendigo Blush’ 

Picture: Tomato Dwarf Bendigo Blush (photo courtesy Heritage Seeds Market)

Sorry, Not Available for 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) This newbie from the DTP produces SCADS of pink cherry tomatoes early and often. EXCELLENT yield and EXCELLENT flavor in a small but mighty package!

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seeds Market.

 Tomato ‘Dwarf Bendigo Rose‘ 

Picture: Tomato Dwarf Bendigo Rose (photo courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

($5.95)  Indeterminate (65 days) Yet another new and maaaaahvelous dwarf that is an excellent producer of rose colored sweet cherry maters!

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seeds Market.

Tomato Dwarf ‘Caitydid’

Tomato Dwarf Caitydid

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) This is a medium fruited swirly red/gold bicolor that is sweet and very productive. YUM!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Confetti’ 

Tomato Dwarf Confetti on plant (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A cross between Beauty King and Dwarf Wild Fred, this one produces 8 – 12 oz. bright yellow ‘maters with yellow and pink stripes.  Purportedly high yielding and delish; after trying him I concur that he’s yummy and handsome!

Tomato Dwarf Confetti sliced #1 (my pic)

Tomato ‘Dwarf Firebird’

New in 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This one is a real beauty with intense flavor and great yield. Very sweet also! I just adore bi-colors.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Golden Gypsy’

Tomato dwarf golden Gypsy

(80 days) Intense and flavorful, this one produces medium to large smooth oblate (kinda saucer shaped!) bright yellow fruits on potato leafed foliage in abundance!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Hannah’s Prize’

Tomato Dwarf Hannah's Prize

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another awesome newbie, this one is a beefsteak with scarlet red fruits that have perfect balance and is outstanding for slicing and in salads.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Jeremy’s Stripes

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days). If this newbie tastes as good as he looks I will be over the moon cuz he’s stunningly handsome and named after an Orange Tabby cat! After I heard that ya know I just HAD to try him! He produces GOBS of small Orange ‘maters with green stripes that are well balanced with excellent flavor.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Mary’s Cherry’

Tomato Dwarf Mary's Cherry (from customers Nancy & Jack)

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) A highly recommended cherry. She looks like a small purple cherry, but tastes like a Beefsteak. Excellent grower, produces scads of fruit, really LOVED her!!

I don’t know why this one is called a cherry cuz she’s definitely bigger than any cherry I’ve ever seen! I’d describe her as a perfect salad size, and her taste and production are tremendous! Grows outstandingly in a container and has the rich intense taste of all the dark tomatoes. A keeper for sure!

Photo from customers Nancy & Jack.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Mocha’s Cherry’ 

Dwarf Mocha Cherry - A new FAVORITE of Contrary Mary!

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days). This little doll has some of the most intriguing foliage I’ve ever seen on a tomato plant….even as a young seedling the foliage is dark and lush looking! He produces scads of glossy near black cherry tomatoes that have reddish shoulders when ripe. Exceptionally prolific and I can’t wait to try!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Pink Passion’   

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) From the Dwarf Tomato Project and recommended as a favorite from Bunny Hop Seeds, this one is VERY vigorous and disease resistant, and produces medium to large pink fruits in abundance that have few seeds and are just the right balance of sweetness and acidity.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Purple Heart’ 

Tomato Tomato Dwarf Purple Heart #1

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This handsome fella produces 12 – 16 oz Oxhearts with few seeds and a marvelous flavor. Grew him for the first time in 2019 and ADORED him!!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Saucy Mary’ 

Tomato Tomato Dwarf Saucy Mary (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) A green stripped roma/plum with 4 – 6 oz fruits. She’s sweet, a wee bit feisty, and perfect for rustic tomato sauce! She was also the first tomato to produce in 2019.

Tomato ‘Dwarf Scarlet Heart’ 

Picture Tomato Dwarf Scarlet Heart #1

($5.95) indeterminate (68 days) This wee cutie is a heavy producer of 6 – 8 ox red Oxhearts. Delish flavor and highly recommended. And look, lotsa meat and very few seeds!

Tomato Sweet Scarlet sliced (ruthie's pic)

Photo courtesy of Aunt Ruthie.


Tomato Dwarf Sneaky Sauce’

Tomato Dwarf Sneaky Sauce

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) So I guess by her clever name you can surmise what she is best used for! Gobs of 4-6 oz red plums with few seeds are what she is known for. Tried this little beauty for the first time in 2021. Very very pleased with production and taste, even as a fresh eater! And keeps very well on the vine and also on the counter. Excellent all around tomato!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Sweet Sue’  

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($5.95) Indeterminate (?70 days?) This cross between Golden Dwarf and Green Giant (how funny is that!) forms a 4½’ tall plant that produces medium sized tomatoes that are pale yellow with pink blushes. Described as sweet and meaty, also a potato leaf. Grew her for the first time in a huge pot up by the house in 2014 and WOW, VERY impressed! I just might say she is my FAVORITE yellow EVER, with rich and full taste and great production (NOT a bland yellow!) Another one that will be on my “gotta-grow” list!

Tomato ‘Dwarf Wild Fred’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (?70 days?) This cross between Carbon and New Big Dwarf gets to be about 3½-4’ tall and has medium to large purplish fruits with very full flavor. Big producer, too! Well, Mr. Fred is another “gotta-have”! Good thing I put him in a VERY large container as he produced so very much fruit he would have keeled over in a smaller container! Need I say VERY prolific?! Do stake or cage him….outstanding taste! (VERY limited)

Tomato ‘Fred’s Tie Dye’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Fred's Tie Dye (Dwarf) from customer Nicole

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A tall grower for dwarfs, this fella has fruits that are medium size (5 – 6 oz.) with gold and green stripes.  As with all dark tomatoes, flavor is intense and rich.  And did I mention gorgeous also?!

Photo from customer Nicole.

Tomato Fred's Tie Dye (Dwarf) sliced from customer Nicole

Tomato ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Fuzzy Wuzzy (courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

($5.95) Indeterminate (62 days) Goodness, this cutie is like having a wee Sheltie in a pot! Growing only about 2’ tall, she is as delicious as she is adore….. try her and see!

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seed Market.

 Tomato ‘Jochalos’ (Microdwarf)

Tomato Jochalos (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (60 days) After growing my first microdwarf Chibikko in 2018, I was so very pleased, I just knew I had to branch out and grow more. All of the microdwarfs can very successfully be grown in a container as small as one gallon, so there are NO EXCUSES as to why EVERYONE should not be growing at least one microdwarf! This variety is from Bolivia and produces cherry tomatoes that start lemon yellow and ripen to a golden/orangey yellow.Sweet fruity, and gorgeous to boot!

Tomato ‘Kangaroo Paw Green’  (Dwarf)

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($5.95) Indeterminate (60 days) Another one from the Dwarf Tomato Project, this VERY early joey produced 4-6 oz yellow skinned and green fleshed fruit described as “tasty and delightful”….crickey! Our photo.

 Tomato ‘Kookaburra Cackle (Dwarf)’

Tomato Dwarf Kookaburra Cackle (customer Ken)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) I smile every time I hear this one, so how could Ii not try him?! He is a beauteous Dwarf that produces LOTS of chocolate colored yummy slicers and handles heat and humidity exceptionally. One of his parents was Cherokee Purple, so I expect greatness from him! And after trying him, yes, greatness was gotten!!!

Photo courtesy of customer Ken.

Tomato ‘Loxton Lad’   (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) A Dwarf Tomato Project plant, 8-16 oz orange fruits are produced on a vigorous productive plant. Cheerful and delicious, he’s a fey bonnie Highlander! Our photo.

Tomato ‘Mini Marzano’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate  (75 days) For all of you with limited space who want to grow a HUGE producer of paste/roma tomatoes, this is the one! All the attributes of a San Marzano in a small package….bazinga!

Tomato ‘Micro Tom Red’ (Microdwarf)

Tomato Micro Tom Red (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate (50 days) Another wee wonder that is a tomato machine! Produces copious amounts of bright red 1 oz fruits that belie his size. Watch out that the Garden Fairies don’t steal them all!

Photo courtesy Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Micro Tom Yellow’ (Microdwarf)   

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($5.95) Indeterminate (50 days). Just like his red brother only yellow!

 Tomato ‘Minibel’ (Microdwarf)

Tomato Minibel (courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

($5.95) Indeterminate (58 days) Another microdwarf, which Ellie from Bunny Hop Seeds describes as one of the BEST! She is a little taller than many Micros, at about 12-18”, and produces juicy fat cherries with extraordinary flavor. I am so, so, so enamored with these wee wonders….

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seed Market.

Tomato ‘Orange Hat’ (Microdwarf) 

Tomato Orange Hat

($5.95) Indeterminate (55 days) Another wee wonderful Micro-Dwarf that only reaches about 6-9” tall! Very sweet and prolific orange gems that can be enjoyed for months!

Tomato ‘Perth Pride’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This newbie from the Dwarf Tomato Project is a cross between New Big Dwarf and Paul Robeson and has 3-5 oz purplish tangy and juicy fruits. Perfect for containers or small gardens and in VERY limited Quantities. Don’t forget to give me feedback! Boy, this one’s a nice sturdy grow and does extremely well in a container (look!). He’s a great producer; fruit is smaller than ‘Rosella Purple’.

Tomato ‘Pinocchio Orange’ (Microdwarf)

Tomato Pinocchio Orange Microdwarf #2 (my pic)

($ 5.95) Indeterminate (60 days) Another fabulous and teenie tiny microwdwarf that only gets to be about a foot tall! He produces sweet orange cherries with tender skins and is extraordinarily productive.

Tomato ‘Purple Reign (Dwarf)’  

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($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) Yep, now I’ve got the song in my head; good thing it is an awesome one! And an apropos name for this newbie which produces purple beefsteaks in abundance on a plant that withstands heat and humidity very well!

Photo courtesy of Bunny Hop Seeds.

 Tomato ‘Rosella Purple’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days?) Another from the Dwarf Tomato Project in very LIMITED quantities, this is the purple version of ‘Rosella Crimson’ (which was a cross between Budai and Stump of the World) It only gets about 3’ tall so perfect for containers, and has medium sized, very juicy and well balanced fruits. As you can see from my picture of all the tomatoes, she is a COPIOUS producer of large, perfect, “black” ‘maters (the little red one is an ‘Al-Kuffa’ for comparison). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her (just be sure to stake or cage her even if grown in a container due to weight and volume of fruit!)

Tomato ‘Summer Sunrise’  (Dwarf)

Picture Tomato Summer Sunrise (my picture)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Another newbie from the Dwarf Tomato Project, this loverly produces 6-10 oz. bright yellow, medium-sized beefsteaks with potato leaf foliage. Her taste is described as well-balanced and delicious with complex flavors; also has awesome disease resistance! After trying her for the first time in 2017 I say YESSSS, AWESOME!

Tomato ‘Sweet Adelaide (Dwarf)’ 

Picture: Tomato Sweet Adelaide (courtesy Bunny Hop Seeds)

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($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A cross between New Big Dwarf and Paul Robeson, she produces very meaty, sweet pink beefsteaks in abundance.

Photo courtesy of Bunny Hop Seeds.

Picture Tomato Adelaide Festival #2 (my pic)

Tomato ‘Sweet Scarlet’  (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another great newbie from the Dwarf Tomato Project, this one is described as one of the BEST in the series (and from my experience that is sayin’ a LOT!) She’s a medium sized red productive sweetie……tried her, ADORED her!

Tomato ‘Sweet Splash Electra’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Sweet Splash Electra from customer James S.

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) Wowzers, this one got me at her remarkable variegated foliage! Her fruits are gorgeous also—- a striped pale yellow, 2-3 oz, sweet and fresh tasting! Tried this one for the first time in 2021, and will definitely grow again! Picture is from one of my Plantheads, James S, and he and his wife really enjoyed it (sez she was picking them and eating them like apples!). He describes them size-wise as being bigger than a Rome but smaller than a beefsteak, a very vigorous grower in a pot (definitely needs staking). My own experience was similar, and I feel they have a refreshing taste that adds to the tomato taste palette! Plus, look at how gorgeous they are!!!

Photo from customer James S.

Tomato ‘Tanunda Red’   (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) An EARLY producer of smallish (4-8 oz) red fruits that are well-balanced, rich and delish! Great production also on this newbie from the Dwarf Tomato Project! Tried her and she was absolutely FABULOUS!

Tomato ‘Tartufo’ (Microdwarf)

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Tomato ‘Tasty Wine’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (82 days) Another Dwarf Tomato Project plant (and how I ADORE this series!), this one is basically a dwarf Brandywine, with 6-12 oz pink round outstanding fruits on a potato leafed plant. The later in the season the better it tastes!

Photo courtesy of customer Nicole.

Tomato ‘Tennessee Suited’ (Dwarf)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another great one from the Dwarf Tomato Project that produces 6-10 oz “black” tomatoes with green stripes. He’s a cross between Rosella Purple and Pink Berkeley Tie Dye which are two of my FAVES, so he is out of this world! Lives up to his heritage, as we really loved it!

Tomato ‘Tumbler’ (Microdwarf)

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Tomato ‘Uluru Ochre’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Uluru Ochre Dwarf (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) A cross between Orange Heirloom and Rosella Purple, this one is the first orange/black tomato!  She’s got 8 – 12 oz. fruits with orange flesh and the typical smoky/rich taste from her black tomato heritage.  After trying her I can HIGHLY recommend as she has few seeds and a unique and lucious flavor!

Tomato Uluru Ochre Dwarf sliced (my pic)

Tomato ‘Vilma’ (Microdwarf)

Tomato Vilma Microdwarf (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) Have I mentioned how enamored I am with the microdwarfs?  They are simply maaaaahvelous, both looking and tasting.  And adorable to boot!  This cutie patootie has extremely sweet red cherry tomatoes with tender skin (so handle her with care!).

Tomato ‘Wherokowhai’ (Dwarf)

Tomato Wherokowhai Dwarf (courtesy Bunny Hop Seeds)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days). Another outstanding Dwarf, this one has 8-12 oz bicolor yellow with red swirls beefsteaks that are sweet and delish.

Photo courtesy of Bunny Hop Seeds.

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Tomato ‘Earl’s Faux’   

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) A potato leafed variety that is described as yummy, he produces dark pink beefsteaks that are compared to Brandywine, only earlier and more prolific. Woo Hoo!!! VERY glad I tried him in 2017 as he for SURE will be in my new top ten-ish list. EXCELLENT!!!

Tomato ‘Eva Purple Ball’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This Heirloom from the Black Forest region in Germany produces perfectly shaped, 6-9 oz cherry red juicy globes; a high yielder, excellent disease resistance, and a great all purpose tomato! It was grown from organic seeds. A really perfect tomato and a new fave of Aunt Ruth and Contrary Mary!

Photo courtesy CM customer Kathy!

Tomato ‘Evil Olive’

Tomato Evil Olive

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This one is insanely productive and delicious! Truly ripe when it has an orange blush on the bottom; zingy and zippy flavor and can be used as a sub for tomatillos. Did I mention gorgeous also?


Tomato ‘Fox Cherry’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This red cherry is reportedly one of THE best ever Cherry tomatoes taste-wise, production-wise, and disease-resistant wise!

Photo courtesy customers Deb and John.


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Tomato ‘Garden Peach’  

Tomato Garden Peach

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This adorable Heirloom was introduced to American gardens in 1862, and produces 2 oz light yellow fruits that actually look like little peaches! A prolific producer, a favorite of all here, and a WINNER at our tasting! It was grown from organic seed.

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Tomato ‘Gary O’Sena’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Described by Heritage Tomato Seeds as “one of the best purple tomatoes I’ve ever grown” (can’t get a better recommendation than THAT!), he is a cross between Brandywine x Cherokee Purple (and ya sure can’t pick better parents than that!). Apparently flavor and production are awesome; he is a very early ripener for a beefsteak also. Grew him for the first time in 2017 and boy oh boy is he yummy!

Tomato Stupice, Gary O'Sena, Dwarf Kookaburra Cackle, Pepper Jimmy Nardello from customer Ken

Pictured items (Left – Right)

Stupice, Gary O’-Sena, Kookaburra Cackle (Dwarf), Pepper Jimmy Nardello

Tomato ‘German Red Strawberry’

Tomato German Red Strawberry sliced (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This one produces 10 oz 31/2” long deep red heart shaped fruits. A great sandwich tomato; one expert called it “one of the best-tasting tomatoes I’ve ever grown”! Has solid meat, few seeds, and not overly juicy. I REALLY REALLY love Oxhearts as they are so very versatile as both fresh eaters and sauce and salsa makers!

Photo courtesy friend and customer Lora.

Tomato ‘Giant Red Oxheart’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) As you may have noticed, I really adore Oxhearts as they are so very useful and versatile. Sauces, canning/freezing/salads/burger toppers/just plain eating …..they do it all! Well this giant heirloom hails from Kentucky, and of course boasts the usual firm flesh, few seeds, and versatility of all his fellow Oxhearts! Big Heart, Big Flavor!!!

Tomato ‘Girl Girl’s Weird Thing’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) I know, a rather unusual name, but this one is a Green Zebra mutation that was named after a beloved dog who loved to steal tomatoes. How could I not try this one?! VERY limited! And now a new absolute FAVE! I grew her in a very large container in 2016 and she was fantastic.

Tomato ‘Goldman’s Italian American’ 

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($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This fig-shaped, “wide-hipped” sauce tomato was discovered by Amy Goldman (author of the BEST “gotta-have” book, The Heirloom Tomato) at a roadside stand in Cernobbio, Italy. She describes it as “voluptuous,” making the “creamiest tomato sauce” ever! One look and you’ll be in love (what torture it is having to do this in January!!!). A high yielder, it’s also yummy as a fresh eater!

Photo courtesy customer Cyndy (thanks!)

Tomato ‘Grandma Mary’s Paste’

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Tomato ‘Greek Domata’

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Tomato ‘Greek Rose’

Tomato Greek Rose (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75-80 days) This beauty produces tons of large pink meaty beefsteaks. Hailing from Crete, he is also sunscald resistant as the fruits set deeper under the plant’s foliage. I say OPA ! I shall be eager to try him! And after trying him for the first time in 2021 I think he is a marvel!

Tomato ‘Green Zebra’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) This 2-4 oz green striped heirloom is Contrary Charlie’s FAVE (and actually all of us here LOVE it!) The taste is described as “zippy” and “tangy” and actually has different flavors depending on when picked — try it still green (not quite ripe) AND tinged with yellow (ripe)! It was a WINNER here at our tasting; grown from organic seeds.

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.


Tomato ‘Helsing Junction Blue’ 

Tomato Helsing Junction Blue sliced (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) According to Ellie from Bunny Hop Seeds, this won her taste test for best rich sweet flavor in dark anthocynanin cherries (high praise indeed)!  Also has interesting, pretty foliage that curls (so DON’T over water thinking it is dry!).  Taste like a chocolate tomato so we’ll see how he stands up against Chocolate Cherry.   (Feed back please) I personally adore this one and promoted him to my new top ten-ish list. VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Tomato Helsing Junction Blue not quite ripe (my pic)

Not quite ripe, yet.

Tomato ‘Hungarian Heart’

Tomato Hungarian Heart (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) I apparently have a real United Nations goin’ on with Oxhearts! This one is originally from Budapest and is da bomb with the usual Oxheart attributes of firm flesh, few seeds, intense taste, and good production!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.


Tomato ‘Indian Stripe’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (82 days) This HIGHLY recommended tomato produces LOTS of medium to large lovely and delicious fruits atop stocky plants. Grew for the first (but not last!) time in 2014 — very, very good, very, very pretty; reminds me of ‘Crème Brulee’! Crack resistant too!

Tomato ‘Indigo Apple’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) According to a recent study that Baker Creek conducted, this tomato from Brad Gates had THE HIGHEST amounts of Lycopene and Vitamin C! If that wasn’t enough to recommend it, it produces a plethora of medium sized fruits that start out nearly purple black, ripening to red with purple shoulders and streaking. Beautiful AND good for ya! Great disease tolerance, resists sun-scald and cracking, and long shelf life may just put her into my next top ten(ish) list…..tell me what you think! I wanted to again show the different stages of this one that I grew in 2014 — don’t try to eat it too early or you won’t experience its fantastic flavor! I REALLY liked this one too!

Tomato ‘Indigo Blue Chocolate’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another fantastic Wild Boar Farm intro, this small slicer is yummy, very prolific, sunburn, and crack resistant. He’s beautiful too!!

Tomato ‘Indigo Cherry Drops’

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) A HUGE producer of cocktail-sized purple and red cherries with deep red flesh. Very sweet!

Tomato ‘Indigo Gold Berries’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) A sport of one of our FAVES, Blueberries! Ironically Lizzie’s Blueberry Tomato plant produced these even before they were released by Wild Boar Farms, so we have already tried them and ADORE them!

Tomato ‘Italian Giant Beefsteak’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Originally from Italy (shocking I know) This beauty produces one pound bright red beefsteaks that are acidic just like a tomato should taste. Great for sauces, fresh eating, and enjoying!

Tomato ‘Italian Heirloom’

Tomato Italian Heirloom

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) These bright red fruits were a winner at Seed Savers Exchange tasting, and extremely productive and perfect for canning, freezing, juicing, or just eating! I tried this beauty for the first time in  2021, and was very very pleasantly surprised at how awesome it is as a fresh eater, not just a sauce maker! Highly recommended!

Tomato ‘Italian Purple’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This one is supposed to rival both Brandywine and Aunt Ginny’s Purple in taste, so you betcha I’m going to try it! It produces VERY large (1-2 lbs….yikes!) dark pink/purple fruits with few seeds. I’d love feedback on her taste and production please!


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 Tomato ‘Jellybean’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) A perfect little grape tomato—cute and sweet! A copious producer, and crack and disease resistant.

Photo taken by my sis Linda who LOVES these little beauties!

Tomato ‘Jersey Devil’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This pointed plum (R in photo) has been compared very favorably with ‘San Marzano’ (L in photo), and many prefer this one as it can get VERY large (over 1lb!), so you need to do less work for more sauce! Firm and meaty, I’ll be trying it for sauce for sure!

Photo courtesy of customer Amy.

Photo courtesy of customer Deb and John.

 Tomato ‘Jersey Giant’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This humongous paste tomato is the cat’s meow for canning, sauces, salsas, and bruschetta. Very meaty, nearly seedless, and extremely productive.


Tomato ‘Kodiak Brown’ 

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($5.95) Indeterminate (68 days) This beauty produces sweet small beefsteaks early and often! Perfect for salads with an old fashioned sweet flavor and outstanding production!

Photo courtesy Muddy Bucket Farm.

Tomato ‘Krasnodar Titans’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) This fantastic tomato produces round, red, 8-12 oz  fruits very early. Visually perfect and tastes just like a tomato should! After trying in 2017 he is absolutely a GOTTA GROW!

Tomato ‘Kryptonite’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Another fabulous Wide Boar Farms intro, this exotic beauty has 3 – 4 oz. green and yellow flecked fruits very high in anthocyanin which means they are very good for you in addition to being very beautiful.  Plant is on the shorter side (3 – 4 ft usually) and leaves tend to be curled.  Even Superman would try it!


Tomato ‘Lucid Gem’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) Another Wild Boar Farms newbie that produces 5 oz very meaty yellow orange fruits with blue splashes and few seeds….is as yummy as her sister Tomato Blue Beauty!


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Tomato ‘Mark Twain’

Tomato Mark Twain (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) (75 days)  Another recommendation from Ellie at Bunny Hop Seeds, this one produces scads of deep red scrumptious beefsteaks.  Flavor is sweet and strong.  As Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers, this tomato was a MUST TRY!! Very difficult to obtain seeds so not available sometimes (unfortunately).

Tomato ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’ 


($5.95) Indeterminate (65-70 days) Brought back by popular demand! He is a very early and very prolific producer of cardinal red marble sized gems; will self seed (hence the “wild”!) and is AWESOME for fresh eating , salsa, and introducing kids to the glorious world of tomato eating!

Tomato ‘Mexico Midget’

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) VERY VERY productive and sweet, this baby produces tresses of 1/2” round bright red cherries.

Tomato ‘Michael Pollan’

Picture: Tomato Michael Pollan

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($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Yep, another Wild Boar one that has 2-4 oz fruits that mutated from Green Zebra. They are green with yellow stripes and have a “beak” at their blossom end….WAY cool! Milder and sweeter than the Green Zebra. (VERY limited)

Tomato ‘Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A big, bodacious, beautiful beefsteak — less seeds make her PERFECT for canning, sauces, and fresh eating! Potato leafed plants and crack resistant too!

Photo courtesy Totally Tomatoes.


Tomato ‘Neves Azorean’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This family heirloom produces huge DEEP red tomatoes that are perfect for sandwiches and have AWESOME disease resistance.

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Tomato ‘Not Purple Strawberry’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A cross between German Red Strawberry and Cherokee Purple (Two of my Faves!), this one produces 8 – 10 oz very meaty and extremely flavorful beefsteaks. Fruits can be very glumply and bumply so are very interesting and heirloomy looking. She may be destined to be on my new top ten-ish list.


Tomato ‘Olga’s Round Yellow Chicken’

Tomato Olga's Round Yellow Chicken (courtesy Heritage Seed Market)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) Sooooo the ONLY thing that is accurate about her name is that she is round! She’s actually orange, and a tomato (not a chicken) and is a WOW variety for Ellie at Bunny Hop seeds so I can’t wait to try her!

Photo courtesy of Heritage Seed Market.


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Tomato ‘Persuasion’

Tomato ‘Pineapple Pig’

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Tomato ‘Pink Berkeley Tie Dye’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) Another newbie from Wild Boar Farms, this one actually BEAT ‘Cherokee Purple’ in a taste-off!!! It has 8-12 oz fruits that are dark, wine colored with green stripes and a complex, rich flavor. The plant is compact for an indeterminate, so great for small gardens. VERY limited; if you manage to get one before they are gone, please give me your feedback (pictures too!)

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Picture Tomato Pink Berkeley Tie Dye sliced (Ruthie's)

Photo courtesy of Aunt Ruthie.

Tomato ‘Pink Bumblebee’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (65 days) From Artisan Seeds, this one’s a striped cherry that is a real looker! Great producer and crack resistant too!

Photo courtesy Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Pink Fang’ 

Tomato Pink Fang (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) A very large paste tomato, this one is described as sweet, meaty, and productive and outstanding for sauces and fresh eating.

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Pink Jazz’

Tomato Pink Jazz

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($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) If you want monstrous and beautiful beefsteaks, this one’s playing your tune! Most reviews say it produces OVER one pound (often two pound) fruits that are meaty, sweet, crack-resistant, and delish. Be SURE to provide support! Can be picked early and ripened inside with no loss of flavor.

Planthead Nancy sent me this awesome picture of Pink Jazz, with the comments that she is huge, gorgeous, and delicious! What’s not to love?!

Photo from customer Nancy B.

Tomato ‘Prairie Fire’

Tomato Prairie Fire (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This one produces 3” long gold flecked tomatoes that are as sweet as they come! It has a Brix rating of 10.0 which means that it is about as sweet as it gets! Perfect for salads and snacking!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Pruden’s Purple’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This heirloom produces 10-16oz pink (not purple!) beefsteaks with deep red flesh; compares to ‘Brandywine’ but reputedly a heavier and earlier cropper. Called “excellent,” “savory,” “luscious,” and “sweet” and is a Chef Bayless fave; grown from organic seeds.

Photo courtesy Totally Tomatoes.


Tomato ‘Queen of the Night’

Tomato Queen of the Night

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) Originally from Germany, this 3-4 oz saladette is sweet, very very productive and a real stunner!  Fruit has a thicker skin which resist cracking. The plant itself is a compact grower and did wonderfully in my large pot in the 2023 season.
I HIGHLY recommend it!


Tomato ‘Red Rose’ 

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($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) An 11oz globe type tomato that is a cross between ‘Brandywine’ and ‘Rutgers’ and is described as “as good as a tomato gets”! Disease resistant, a big producer, and awesome for sandwiches; grown from organic seeds.

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Tomato ‘Riesentraube’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) The name translates to “great bunch of grapes,” and this one sure is a producer! Gorgeous flower sprays produce HUNDREDS of buds, turning into brilliant red grape tomatoes that are about 1½” in size; PERFECT for salads or just munching on right in the garden!

Photo courtesy Totally Tomatoes.

Tomato ‘Rio Grande Tomatillo’ 

Rio Grande Tomatillo (Courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Determinate (80 days) This tomatillo does not need staking, and produces 3-4 oz large granny apple green tomatillos in abundance!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Tomato ‘Ruth’s Perfect’ 

Picture Tomato Ruth's Perfect #2 (my pic)

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This marvelous tomato really lives up to her name, with 7 – 8 oz. medium-sized red fruits produced in abundance.  Grew her in 2019 for the first time, and once she began producing she did not stop until a frost.  A new fave!  I used her in my rustic  tomato sauce and enjoyed her fresh equally as well.


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Tomato ‘Salvaterra’s Select’

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A taste winner of Seed Savers Paste/Sauce division, this meaty dude is perfect for sauces, salsas, freezing, canning, and eating! Great production and few seeds too!

Tomato ‘Sainte Lucie’ 

Tomato Saint Lucie

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) A French heirloom that produces humongous 1-2lb red beefsteaks that are outstanding for slicing and fresh eating. YUM!

Tomato ‘San Marzano’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) This Italian Heirloom bright red plum is considered “essential”; is THE standard for canning and sauces — just ask my customers who make it a sell out immediately! We grow it from organic seeds.

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Tomato ‘Sara’s Galapagos’

($5.95) Indeterminate (60 days) This one has 1” EXTREMELY productive and EXTREMELY disease resistant bright red cherry tomatoes….plant gets big and her taste is legendary!

Our photos.

Tomato ‘Sart Roloise’ 

($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) A created heirloom cross between a white tomato and a blue tomato, this one’s got it all goin’ on! Flavor is described as fruity, sweet and complex with a pineapple like sweetness. Produces 10-14 oz beefsteaks that are exquisite!

Tomato ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Tomato Sgt. Pepper

New in 2023

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) A cross between German Red Strawberry and Osu Blue, this was one of our favorite tomatoes in the 2023 season. A medium sized  Oxheart, he is meaty, very productive with a bold rich taste and a large growth habit. They are ripe when black on the top and deep pink on the bottom. And, as the Beatles said, “We hope you will enjoy the show”, cuz we sure did!!!

Tomato ‘Shapka Monomakha’ (AKA Monomakha’s Hat) 

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($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) From Russia, a VERY productive Oxheart perfect for canning sauces, salsa, and fresh eating; BLT anyone?! Our photo.

Tomato ‘Shirley S’  

($5.95) Indeterminate (85 days) A potato leafed variety that produces pink, large (1 lb +) beefsteaks that resist cracking! One of Steve from Heritage Tomato Seed’s favorite; tried her in 2017 I concur!

Our photo.

Tomato ‘Sibirsky Velikan’

Picture Tomato Sibirsky #1 (courtesy John and Liz)

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($5.95) Indeterminate (68 days) This big boy is an early Russian beefsteak and perfect for short seasons like ours.  Grew him for the first time in 2019 and he is EXCELLENT  for BLT’s and fresh eating.

Photo from Liz & John.

Tomato ‘Spike’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (68 days) An early Russian beefsteak PERFECT for short seasons like ours! Produces lots of tasty pink beefsteaks starting very early! He has GORGEOUS spiky foliage and very good and productive tomatoes!

Tomato ‘Stupice’

Tomato Stupice from customer Ken

($5.95) Indeterminate (52 days) This Czech heirloom is EXTREMELY early and produces deep red 3-4oz globes; prolific producer and sweet and tangy (like a mini beefsteak!). Received a great rating at Contrary Mary’s tasting and is THE standard for an early tomato! We grow it from organic seeds.

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Tomato ‘Sungold Select’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) I have had customers asking me to grow Sungold as they describe them like Garden Candy, but I have resisted as Sungold is a Hybrid and not open pollinated. Welllllll lookie here, THIS one is the open pollinated version of Sungold, with larger yellow fruits and MUCH less cracking. Sweet, very productive, and irresistible!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.


Tomato ‘Thessaloniki’

Picture: Tomato Thessalonik

($5.95) Indeterminate This Greek heirloom produces baseball sized perfect red fruits that are resistant to cracks, spot and sunburn. A WINNER at Contrary Mary’s tasting and a personal favorite of Contrary Mary Herself!  On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List…..EVERYONE should grow this one!

Photo courtesy CM customer Kathy!

Photo courtesy of customers Deb and John.

Left – Red Rose

Top Right – Neves Azorean

Lower Right – Thessaloniki

Tomato ‘Thunburn’s Terra Cotta’

New in 2023

Description coming soon.

Tomato ‘Thunder Mountain’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This tomato was named because the colors look like the setting sun through thunder clouds as they ripen from gold to red to orange. Reportedly a good yielder of 10-12 oz medium sized fruit.

Tomato ‘Tim’s Taste of Paradise’

($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) This tomato was named because the colors look like the setting sun through thunder clouds as they ripen from gold to red to orange. Reportedly a good yielder of 10-12 oz medium sized fruit.

Tomato ‘Tom’s Purple Bumblebee


Tomato ‘Ukrainian Purple’

New in 2023

Description coming soon.


Tomato ‘Valencia’

New in 2023

Description coming soon.

Tomato ‘Violet Jasper’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) Also known as ‘Tzi Bi U,’ this Chinese Heirloom is visually stunning! These 1-3 oz cherry tomatoes are violet purple with streaks of iridescent green….probably the prettiest tomatoes I’ve ever seen! They also are EXTREMELY productive and tasty; let me know what you think (and I know you won’t be able to resist taking pictures of this incredible fruit too!)

Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

 Tomato ‘Virginia Sweets’ 

Tomato Virginia Sweets

($5.95) Indeterminate This American heirloom is an AWESOME red-gold bi-color that produces beautiful 1lb beefsteaks in abundance! Intriguing looking and tastes sweet and rich!!! A winner at our tomato/wine/cheese tasting and one of the most beautiful tomatoes I’ve ever seen!

On Mary’s Top 10(ish) Tomato List!

Photo from customer Virginia.

Tomato ‘Vorlon’

($5.95) Indeterminate (?80 days?) This is another “black” tomato from Bulgaria. Described as “out of this world,” it is very disease resistant, and very limited. We LOVE this one and make room for him in our garden every year!


Tomato ‘Watermelon Beefstake’ 

Tomato Watermelon Beefsteak

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($5.95) Indeterminate (75 days) An American Heirloom from Virginia, this one produces HUGE Pink Beefsteaks that are lightly scalloped and delish! Beautiful on a mixed heirloom plate!

Tomato ‘Wine Jug’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (80 days) As you may or may not know, Contrary likes her wine, and LOVES Wild Boar tomatoes, so this one was a no brainer to try! He produces medium sized mahogany fruit kinda jug shaped, with complex flavor. Great production also!

Tomato ‘Wooly Blue Wine’

($5.95) Indeterminate (78 days) This one is adorable AND delicious! The foliage is fuzzy wuzzy, and the fruits are red, small (salad sized) with slight fuzz and purple anthocyanin patches (so VERY high in antioxidants!). I LOVE this one!!!


 Tomato ‘Yellow Furry Boar’

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($5.95) Indeterminate (70 days) If fuzzy wuzzy was a boar, this is the tomato he would pick!  A perfectly adorable bright yellow fruit with green stripes that turn gold and a very slightly fuzzy texture, this one is extra sweet and super prolific!

Tomato ‘Yellow Pear’ (Beams)

Picture Tomato Yellow Pear (courtesy Baker Creek)

($5.95) Indeterminate Tomato Yellow Pear (Beam’s) (70 days) This Indiana Heirloom won taste contests at Seed Savers Exchange,  and produces copious amounts of little lightbulb shaped bright yellow gems. Perfect for salads, and for encouraging kids to eat Garden Candy!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

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