Introducing the Vermont Valley Tomato Family.  We are now harvesting from every tomato patch on the farm.  Here is what you can expect to see in your share box over the next couple of months.  Hopefully this will help you identify it when you see it in your share.  Most of our tomatoes are Heirloom varieties.  An Heirloom is an open pollinated variety that has been passed down for generations.

Garden Peach:  These 2oz yellow fruits blush pink when ripe and have fuzzy skins somewhat like peaches.  Soft skinned, juicy and very sweet.  Light fruity taste is not what you would expect in a tomato.

Green Zebra:   A 3-4 oz. tangy salad tomato with green stripes and a yellow blush.   Eat them when they get soft.

Red Zebra:  A small red tomato overlaid with golden yellow stripes, the red version of Green Zebra.

Roman Candle:  A long, yellow colored, paste tomato.  Great for drying, sauce and fresh eating.

Ruth’s, Estiva, Wisconsin 55, Pink Beauty:  Red slicing tomatoes with amazing flavor and texture.

Cherry Tomatoes:  Sun Gold, Sun Cherry, Yellow Mini and Black Cherry.  We mix them up for you. 

Roma/Paste/Plum/Processing Tomatoes:  These tomatoes are drier than most slicing tomatoes, making them perfect for cooking, drying, sauce and salsa making. We grow a mix of traditional red paste tomatoes and others with fascinating shape, size and color.  Here are their names:  Debarao, Super Marzano, San Marzano, Monica, Mariana, Viva Italia, Speckled Roman, Amish Paste, Federle, Sheboygan, Opalka, Orange Banana. 

Black Krim:  A slightly flattened, deep red/mahogany colored tomato with heavy green shoulders; interior is a deep reddish-green color, sweet and tasty.  Unbelievably rich flavor. The Black Krim is ready to eat when it has turned a very deep purplish-black color, the shoulders may stay green. My personal favorite! (Barb).  

Japanese Trifele Black:  A tomato that looks like a beautiful mahogany-colored Bartlett pear with greenish shoulders.  A rich and complex flavor.

We aim to harvest our tomatoes just before they are vine-ripe. We do this so you don’t receive an over ripe tomato.  But it also means that you may receive a tomato that needs to sit on your counter for a day or two before it is perfect to eat, heavy and quite soft.   And when you do receive a very ripe tomato, eat it up.

 

(left to right): Black Krim (slightly under ripe), Black Krim (ripe and ready to eat); three red slicing tomatoes: Ruth’s, Estiva, Pink Beauty; Japanese Trifele Black, Garden Peach, Orange Banana, RedZebra, Green Zebra

Barb