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With all the tomato seedlings around here, I’m dreaming of fresh, juicy tomato sandwiches on crusty sourdough bread with Hellman’s mayo.

What’s your favorite farm fresh tomato?

I might have to go with the Cherokee Purple.

I love different tomatoes for different reasons.

We grow heirlooms and a few hybrids. No GMOs here, ever.

You ask ‘Which one is the best?’

I preserve the fresh flavors of summer tomatoes – we enjoy them in pasta sauces, salsas, in chili, soups, stews & on pizza all winter.

One of our favorite cherry tomatoes ever is the Sungold, it is a hybrid. It’s like eating a mini burst of sweet sunshine.

Hybrids have their place and we appreciate their consistency & dependability.

But the truth is…we LOVE our heirlooms at Oak Spring. Heirlooms almost always offer superior flavor, crazy shapes and fun colors.

They aren’t as productive or disease resistant as hybrids but there are certain varieties we can’t live without.

In case you’re wondering….Here’s the difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes
Heirloom

Will grow true to its parent and is considered worthy of passing down from generation to generation. Some define an heirloom as ‘true’ seed, carefully grown and saved for 40 years or more.Heirlooms are open pollinated; so characteristics are passed on. For example, the same size, color and flavor will be passed from the parent plant of this year to the seedlings of next year.

Hybrid

Seed produced by artificially cross pollinating two genetically different plants of the same species, such as two different tomatoes or two varieties of corn. Basically, the cross pollination is done by hand, and a seed that is saved will not grow true to either parent. Although hybrids are typically bred for commercial use for higher yield, improved color and greater uniformity, we small, organic farms find value in their disease resistance.

All things considered,Heirloom or Hybrid, my favorite farm fresh tomato is cut thick and slathered in Hellman’s mayo between 2 slabs of fresh, lightly toasted sourdough bread! As shown above I have a handful of German Johnson heirlooms…

Here’s a guide to our Favorite Tomatoes at Oak Spring Farm…

Cherokee Purple

(heirloom) An Oak Spring favorite. Dusky red ‘purple’ color with green shoulders when ripe. Known for its delicious flavor as well as its unusual color. Recognized in the Arc of Taste, Slow Food movement.

Black Krim looks a lot like Cherokee Purple. It’s a Russian heirloom. We love their slightly smokey flavor and dusky pink/purple color.


German Johnson:

(heirloom) Excellent flavor. Hard to say but it might be Lisa’s favorite slicer. Deep, pink medium sized tomatoes are a smaller, smoother Brandywine with a strong, acidic tomato flavor and creamy texture.

 

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye:

Lisa’s Alma ‘Mater’ ! Gotta grow these cool, hippy maters. Medium to large size, pink with green stripes. Well balanced; combines just the right amount of sweetness and acidity.

 

Green Zebra: (heirloom) The cutest tomato we grow! If you want a delicious, tangy salad tomato, then Green Zebra is for you! Because it’s ripe just as the green fruit develops a yellow blush, accentuating the darker green stripes people think they’re not ripe, but they are! The 3-4 oz. fruits are the ideal size for slicing into wedges for salads.

 

Valencia: (heirloom) Indeterminate. Sweet, low acid and juicy.

Sunny orange fruits with full tomato flavor. Dependable and delicious.

Round, smooth fruits average 8-10 oz. Their meaty interiors have few seeds. This midseason tomato is among the best for flavor and texture. Indeterminate.

 

 

Yellow Brandywine: You, the people, love these tomatoes. Accordingly, they are prized for their distinctively flavorful fruit. Basically, we just love the color of these golden yellow 10-12 oz. fruits. Use for slices, salads, and ‘mater’ sandwiches.

 

 

Now we also have some AMAZING cherry tomato seedlings to offer you this year.

Black Cherry -Heirloom

Sweet and robust.

A favorite heirloom cherry tomato at Oak Spring Farm. Bred in Florida by the late Vince Sapp, the round fruits are a pleasant purple-brown color. Regarded as one of the best-tasting tomatoes. High-yielding. Try as we may, we haven’t found a hybrid that can beat Black Cherry. Indeterminate.

Sakura: Early, delicious, attractive cherry tomatoes

Real sweet tomato flavor and firmness without being hard. Among the first to ripen, Sakura keeps going all season long because of its disease resistance. Very tidy, compact plant fits well in tight spaces. Prolific yielder of bright red, shiny, medium-large sized cherry tomatoes

Toronjina: Leaf mold-resistant orange cherry

Compact, balanced plant for easier indoor production. Round 15–20 gm., orange fruits with sweet and tangy flavor. Pairs best with Favorita for quart sales. Indeterminate. USDA Certified Organic.

Great disease resistance:

  • Fusarium Wilt races 1, 2 (High)
  • Resistant to Leaf Molds A-E (High)
  • Tomato Mosaic Virus (High)

Citrine: Tantalizing, crack-resistant orange cherry

Exceptional snacker with rich, balanced flavor, a meaty bite, and resistance to the splitting and cracking common to sungolds. With a vigorous indeterminate plant, Citrine produces reliable crops in harsh conditions. Beautiful orange color and ideal cherry size