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Tomatoes are our favorite vegetable!  In our opinion, there’s nothing better than a home-grown tomato.  We are so spoiled we don’t even bother buying fresh tomatoes out of season. New studies like this one from PLOS ONE, are showing that nutrients are often higher in organic tomatoes — in this study, organic tomatoes had 55% more vitamin C and 139% more phenolic content.

We particularly enjoy growing heirloom varieties you don’t find in stores. Heirloom varieties provide true old-fashion taste and they keep their traits through open pollination, so seed saved for next year will produce plants "true" to their parents. A few favorite heirloom tomatoes:

Save seed from the earliest and best of the crops every year, and one packet of seeds each will take care of your needs for life.  

Each year we start with our “tried and true” favorites and add a few new experiments.  Usually the experiments have distinctive characteristics that appeal to us.  An unusual color (we are still searching for yellow and orange slicers with good yield and fantastic taste – they look so nice as part of a sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella salad topped with basil) and/or a reputation for great taste.  We prefer the heirlooms so we can save the seed, but also consider hybrid varieties. Visit the forum Favorite Varieties of Tomatoes for more suggestions.

Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family along with eggplant, peppers and potatoes.


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