Green Lab Tomato Mania – May 28th

Save the Date!  Saturday May 28th Green Lab will be open for our first annual Tomato Mania Plant Sale!  The heirloom varieties shown below are just a few of what we will have available for purchase.  In addition to the veggie starts, we will also be selling fresh eggs from our own hens.  Start preparing your ground, beds or boxes or now!!  If you would like to pick up a free – mulch and fresh horse manure blend to amend your soil, please feel free to call or just stop by.  The manure compost is located in the alley between Elm and Long Beach Blvd.

Sweet Orange Cherry– Huge crops of 1″ orange, round cherries. One of the best tasting, most prolific cherry tomatoes I grow year to year. Very, very flavorful and crack resistant.

Italian Gold – Very productive 6 oz. paste variety.

Gold Rush Currant – This strain was a selection by a Dutch seedsman. Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce large, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants with wispy foliage that yield excellent, heavy sets of ¼-inch tomatoes borne in trusses of 10-12. Excellent sweet tomato flavor. A perfect snacking tomato or to adorn salads and culinary creations.
Salisaw Cafe – A wonderfully delicious, early producing cherry tomato to rival Sun Gold tomato in flavor. Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants with tall, very productive vines that have huge yields of 3/4-inch, bright-red cherry tomatoes with that perfect combination of super sweet but slightly tart flavors. A great tomato variety for grazing through the tomato vineyards feasting on these sweet ‘jewels.’
Hawaiian Pineapple – A large, golden-orange beefsteak heirloom tomato with fruit that that grows up to 1-1/2 lbs. When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple like flavor.  Hawaiian Pineapple tomato seeds are a wonderful addition for your tomato garden.
Japanese Oxheart – Japanese variety. Prolific leafy plant producing 2 1/2 to 3-inch jade pink heart-shaped fruits, firm, thin skin with thick, juicy flesh. Great slicer. Good garden staple.
Siletz – Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University. Plants do very well in cooler climates producing deep-red, excellently flavored round, slicing tomatoes 8-10 oz. Very good flavor considering how early a tomato it is.
Costoluto Genovese – Italian, heat-loving, heirloom tomato that has been enjoyed for many generations along the Mediterranean. Large, deep-red fruits have a singularly fluted profile, are deeply ridged, and heavily lobed. Meaty, full-flavored, slightly tart, and delicious. Because of its scalloped edges, perfect for use in an arrangement of different colored sliced tomatoes. Makes a rich and pungent pasta sauce.
Jaune Flamme – Extremely prolific French heirloom tomato that bears in clusters of 6, beautiful, 1 1/2-inch, round, golf-ball sized tomatoes that are persimmon-orange colored inside and out. A delicious full-bodied tomato flavor that literally bursts in your mouth.  Very decorative. Makes a great flavored sauce.  Try these heirloom tomato seeds in your garden for a tasty mouth watering treat.
Dagma’s Perfection – A vigorous and abundant producer of medium-sized (3”, 12 oz.), slightly flattened, pale-yellow fruits with delicate, light red striping. Deliciously flavorful with overtones of tropical fruit and subtle hints of lime. Firm, juicy and elegant in the mouth, and jewel-like in appearance.
Blondkopfchen – An heirloom tomato from eastern Germany. The name of this adorable heirloom cherry tomato means “little blonde girl”.
Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce big, leafy, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield a phenomenal amount of  1/2″, grape-sized, brilliant yellow/gold, cherry tomatoes in clusters of 20-30. The vines are large and sprawling, so give them plenty of space. Blondkopfchen is undoubtedly one of the BEST TASTING cherry tomatoes. Deliciously sweet with a slight citrusy tart finish. I have had this in our garden as our favorite snacking tomato for many years and use this cherry tomato for introducing tomatoes to kids who claim they don’t like tomatoes. Just put this in your mouth and see if you can keep from smiling. For many years TomatoFest has been one of the few commercial sources for these special tomato seeds.
A Non-cracking, disease resistant tomato variety that grows well in most climates including cooler growing regions.

San Marzano Redorta – Named for a mountain, Pizzo Redorta in Bergamo, Italy. This is Gary Ibsen’s preferred Italian paste tomato. A much larger tomato (8 oz., 4-inch) with much better taste than it’s cousin, San Marzano. Good enough to eat off the vine with the bonus of ending up with more tomato paste per plant. Yum!

Black Plum – One of my favorite Russian varieties that produces a long and steady crop of 2-inch elongated plum-shaped fruits colored a beautiful deep-mahogany with dusky-green shoulders. Fruit resembles a small paste tomato but with thinner walls. Unique sweet tangy flavor.

Black Prince – Originally from Siberia, this is one of the most popular and favored black tomatoes. Originally introduced from Irkutsk, Russia and is regarded as a “true Siberian tomato” that does very well in cooler climates. Until only recently this was considered a rare variety in the United States. However, it’s popularity has grown so much in Russia that there is now a company in Volograd that is producing an extract of the Black Prince called “Black Prince Tomato Oil.” The Black Prince tomato is said to have considerable health benefits beyond the presence of lycopene.

These deep garnet round, 2-inch (2-3 oz.) tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. This is a tomato that chefs I deliver to rave about for it’s rich flavors. The small fruits contain deep rich colors on the inside. Perfect for patio gardens. Perfect for eating fresh, and in cooking in tomato sauce or other culinary wonders.

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