[Market-farming] heirloom suggestions for market farming (ie. can survive a short truck trip)

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Sat Jan 20 18:03:21 EST 2007

Tomatoes need to be left on the vine until fully ripe. They may change
color when picked too soon but the sugars stop developing. After all, taste
is what sells, right? I'm in zone 5, central NM at 6,000 elev. My best
heirloom results were with midsize Costoluto Fiorentino and the French
market favorite Marmande, very productive, best taste ever. They ride fine
but of course you can't play baseball with them. 

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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On 1/20/2007 at 2:37 PM Paul Bucciaglia wrote:

>Anyone have any 'new' heirloom/really good tasting tomatoes that they
>liked from last year, that would do well on a market farm?  
>  I am really most interested in varieities that produce fruit that can
>survive a 3 hour truck trip when half to 3/4 ripe.  Also prefer 
>'reasonable' sized fruit (from 3/4 to 1 lb.), and some resistance to
>cracking, spiralling, and green shoulders.  
>  We currently grow Cherokee purple, Brandywine, Striped german, and
>Persimmon.  Cherokee purple works out well, but the other three grow
>really large fruit that can be difficult to transport.  We also grow Taxi
>and Pink beauty (which are hybrids) and nicely round out our 'alternative'
>tomato offerings.   Our standard red slicer is Red Sun.
>  We are in Western CT, Zone 5.

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