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

SHEILA PAYNE srp75 at msn.com
Sun Jan 21 13:32:55 EST 2007

I farm at 5000+ feet outside Boulder Colorado.  I get some of my tomato seeds from Golden Harvest Organics because they are selling seeds from what they have successfully grown in nearby Fort Collins. http://www.ghorganics.com/<http://www.ghorganics.com/>

Juane Flammee is small, but very tasty.  Pineapple was another hit, Cherokee purple and Amana Orange, too.  I find that anything that is not red sells well as an heirloom.  My theory is that everyone has Brandywine in their head when they think heirloom and so want another color besides red.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Paul Bucciaglia<mailto:pbucciaglia at yahoo.com> 
  To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org<mailto:market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> 
  Sent: Saturday, January 20, 2007 3:37 PM
  Subject: [Market-farming] heirloom suggestions for market farming (ie. cansurvive a short truck trip)


  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.



  Paul Bucciaglia
  Fort Hill Farm
  Organic Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers
  18 Fort Hill Rd.
  New Milford CT 06776
  (860) 350-3158
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