Grow a Beautiful Basketful of

Heirloom Tomatoes In Your Garden

 

Part of our Harvest

 

In this photograph I took during a fall harvest, you will see some of my favorite varieties including Brown Derby, Yellow Brandywine, Black Zebra, Paul Robeson, Japanese Black Trifele, Black Cherry, Green Zebra, Hillbilly, Black Plum, Sun Gold (a delightful hybrid), Green Grape, Tangella, Azoychka, Green Giant, Gary Ibsen's Gold, Big Beef, Sara Black, Striped German, Valencia, Gardener's Delight, Costoluto Genovese, Marianna's Peace, Brandywine OTV, Kellogg's Breakfast, Sunset's Red Horizon and Eva Purple Ball.

These wonderful tomatoes are as easy to grow as the common hybrid varieties and need no special care other than fluffy, deeply amended, healthy soil, lots of sunshine, moderate watering, clean garden practices and sturdy support. Most of these plants will get really big, up to 7 feet tall, 3 feet wide -or more- and when fruit starts to set the vines get really heavy.

There are about 3,000 varieties of heirloom or heritage tomatoes now in cultivation worldwide and more than 10,000 known varieties. 

We have narrowed it down to 100 for you in The Big List, below. Each carefully selected variety has been taste-tested by Laurel. 

Our plants make welcome gifts for your favorite gardener, from novice to expert. Information and photographs of our gift certificates are at the bottom of this page.

(Our photographs are protected bycopyright. Please contact Laurel for permission to use them.)

 

                                                About Our Plants

 

All of our plants are grown organically and shipped in their large, individual 3½" wide x 4" deep pots, in top-quality organic potting soil, healthy, lush and full-sized, from about 5" to 20" tall, hardened off and ready to plant out. They are shipped when they have strong stems and fully-developed root systems. 

 A detailed 5-page step by step planting and growing guide, including container growing tips is included with your order.

 All seeds are started by Laurel & The Tomato Elves from fresh organically grown TomatoFest® seeds and your seedlings are tended carefully by nursery experts throughout their growth period. 

 Laurel holding a 12" Paul Robeson plant, ready to package and ship. Photo By Gary Ibsen. Gary likes this photograph, I think I look goofy.

Each plant comes to you individually packaged and carefully protected in a sturdy container, with a permanent name label for your garden. Our unique custom packaging technique, designed by Laurel (and recently copied exactly by one of our competitors although he crams 6 teeny plants into each pot) protects your plants from shifting or movement in transit, assuring safe arrival from here in Los Angeles to your door.

Your heirloom tomato plants will have several different types of foliage; some very wispy, fern-like, and delicate like Anna Russian, Sunset's Red Horizon and San Marzano Redorta, some thick and hearty like Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Stupice and Marianna's Peace and everywhere in-between, in varying shades of green. Some plants can reach 6 to 8 feet, with vines up to 15 feet or more, though a few remain small and compact, 2 to 3 feet.

These are their natural and extraordinary genetic traits which were familiar and beloved to generations of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond.

 

Ordering Your Plants for 2015

Because of so many customer requests for earlier ordering, we will start taking orders at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18th for 2015 shipping.

The new Big List for 2015 will be posted on Thursday, August 14th.

As always, customers who order by phone by 5 p.m. or via email by midnight on opening day will receive a really nice gift.

Traveling hither and yon, tasting and comparing a sumptuous array of heirloom tomatoes has been a rousing good time as we narrow down our choices for your 2015 garden and ours.

Office hours from August through November are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. West Coast/Pacific Time.

Shipping for 2015 begins in mid to late February and continues through June. Shipping periods will be announced on August 14th.

What Our Customers Say...and photographs of their gardens

 

 

Tomato Love

Amber chompin' a 3 lb. tomato

    

Laurel holding a Flamme tomato.

Life is good. Eat more tomatoes!

In Lycopersicon Veritas,

~ Laurel

 

 

Orders are taken by telephone and email, details below.

 

 

Ordering for 2015 plants has begun! The Big List for 2015 is below. (It's a big page, keep scrolling.)

 

 

See what's available for 2015!  Our Tomato Varieties and How to Order

Do you need plants this fall?  Here's what's coming in October and November, 2014:

13 fabulous varieties:

Azoychka

Black Cherry

Black Krim

Black From Tula

Brandywine OTV

Costoluto Genovese

Green Zebra

Isis Candy Cherry

Marianna's Peace

Martino's Roma

Northern Lights

Sun Gold

Super Sioux

 

 

 

We ship via Post Office, Priority Mail, to arrive Monday-Saturday. We can, if necessary, ship UPS which is more expensive and a day slower.

 

Choose your preferred shipping time from the following periods and your plants will ship during the period you choose. Orders are shipped out on a first in, first out basis:

 

 

Period A - February 23rd to March 9th

 

Period B - March 9th to March 16th

 

Period C - March 16th to March 30th

 

Period D - March 30th to April 6th

 

Period E - April 6th to April 20th

 

Period F - April 20th to May 4th

 

Period G - May 4th to May 18th

 

Period H - May 18th to May 30th

 

Period  I - May 30th to June 15th

 

Period J - June 15th to June 29th

 

 

 

 

 

Order By Telephone. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

 

1. Take a look at The Big List of tomato plant varieties below -- or the categorized links -- and make a list of the plants you need. Minimum order is four plants.  Orders of more than 64 plants receive a volume discount.

2. Go to the Growing Tips & Garden Products link: Growing Tips and Garden Products  to choose your fertilizers and garden products.

3. Choose your shipping window from the list above and call me! Telephone:  310 534-8611

NOTE:  We ship via Post Office Priority Mail. If you cannot receive post office packages on Saturdays please let us know and we will be sure your plants do not arrive on a Saturday! If you cannot get post office deliveries we will ship UPS.

 

NOTE: Before you order, please be sure to read our Payment and Shipping Costs page to familiarize yourself with shipping details, packaging costs and refund policy. Payment Information & Shipping Costs 

Payment is made when you place your order by phone. Orders by email, we will email your invoice, then you can call with payment info. Your payment reserves your shipping period.

If we cannot take your call right away, please leave a number where you can be reached easily; you will get a call back as soon as possible for help and advice with your garden needs.

 

 

To Order By Email or FAX

 

 

Email: tomatoplants@pacbell.net 

 

FAX #  310 494 0518  Our FAX line is secure for credit card numbers.

 

Please: Before you order, please be sure to read our 'Payment and Shipping Costs' page to familiarize yourself with shipping and packaging costs. Here is a link:  Payment Information & Shipping Costs

 

 

Make a list of your plants alphabetically, along with fertilizers, SmartPots, etc. from our Growing Tips and Garden Products page Growing Tips and Garden Products 

 

 

Choose your 15 day shipping period from the list above and fax or email with:

 

1. Your name

2. Your billing and shipping address

3. Your 'anytime' telephone number

4. Your email address

5. Your preferred shipping period

6. The payment method you will use: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, Check, Cash (if picking up).

7. Your plant list in alphabetical order and a list of the garden products you need.

8. Required: A list of a few alternate plants you'd like in case one of your choices is too small to ship. (This happens because seeds and plants do not always grow on schedule.)

Or:

Please have Laurel choose an appropriate, similar, delicious alternate for me if a plant is too small to ship on shipping day.

 

Important: If you do not want Laurel to choose alternates for you please select one option:

1. Please substitute from my list of alternates.

2. Please send a second plant of one on my list.

 

 

Within 5 business days we will email your invoice; you call us with payment information to reserve your plants.

 

After we receive your emailed order we will acknowledge it with an invoice, order number and cost.

 

When you receive your emailed invoice, you call with credit card information or arrange to send a check or money order. After payment is made, you will get a copy of your receipt by email. Please check your receipt carefully to be sure the information is accurate. If there is an error in your shipping address and you have not corrected it, we may have a wrong shipping address, your plants could get lost and we cannot re-ship without a new order being placed and paid for.  :(

 

If, within 5 days of talking to Laurel and paying for your order, you do not get a receipt by email, please call or email to be sure we have your correct email address. 

 

Calling in your order is faster. 310 534 8611

 

Thank you! ~ Laurel

 

 

Order desk telephone hours during our slow season, June through August, are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.  310 534 8611

 

 

 

 

Need Seeds?

 

Here's where I get most of my tomato seeds!

To Order Heirloom Tomato Seeds From TomatoFest.com:

Click the link for 600 fabulous varieties of certified organically grown heirloom tomato seeds:

http://store.tomatofest.com/?Click=45  

 

 

Grandma Oliver's Green       Black

Photographs by Gary Ibsen/Tomatofest.com

 

 

 

When Will My Plants Ship?

This year shipping begins in late February-early March (or as soon as Laurel determines the plants are big enough to travel; it could be later or sooner) and continues throughout the spring, summer and fall or until we sell out. 

Your delivery will be scheduled during a 15 day period during spring and summer to suit your desired planting time in spring or summer. For instance, if you choose Period E, April 6th to April 20th as your shipping period, your plants will ship sometime between April 6th to April 20th. Orders are shipped out on a first in, first out basis.

 

If your plants are not yet big enough, shipping will be delayed for more growth to ensure safe arrival. Your plants will be shipped during the period you select -- as long as that period is not yet fully booked and the plants are big enough.

 

Please order early to reserve your plants and shipping period.

 

We reserve the option to hold up shipment if temperatures en route are extremely cold. We want our plants to arrive alive. If you still want them shipped during winter or cold springtime temperatures to cold areas, you will assume the risk of cold damage in transit. You also have the option of our Double-Box System which can help insulate your plants. 

 

Expedited Shipping

 

For exact day or exact week shipping or for expedited shipping, fees range from $30.00 and up depending on the number of plants in your order. We will stop the line and get right to your order. This means overtime for the crew, thus the fee. We take a limited number of expedited orders. Please call to make arrangements. 310 534 8611

 

 

Heirloom Caprese Salad

When To Plant  

Your plants should go into the garden during the best time for your USDA planting zone, when nighttime and soil temperatures remain steadily and reliably above 50º. 

 

Tomatoes are a Hot Weather Crop. Don't Plant in Cold Soil!

If you choose earlier shipment, you risk the chance of cold soil and cold air triggering dormancy, undermining the health of your plants and setting back their growth progress, reducing and delaying your harvest. This can cause stunted growth, uneven ripening and low production during the season.

Two to three weeks after your last frost date is usually the best time to plant. Wait for the warm weather when soil temperatures are reliably above 50º; tomatoes are warm weather crops and will grow much faster and healthier in warm soil.

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How Many Plants? Smart Spacing  

Tomato plants, especially these heirloom varieties, get really big, from 6 to 10 feet tall and taller, 3 to 4 feet wide, and need to be spaced at least 32 - 36 inches apart in rows at least 4 to 5 feet apart.  Sure, they are small when you plant them; don't let that fool you. King Kong and Clifford the Big Red Dog were small when they were born, too.

 

Dan Barnes and Dan Miller both use smart spacing for their tomato gardens:

   

     Dan Barnes with his plants growing in big cages....can you spot Dan?              And Dan Miller's plants. What is it about guys name Dan?

 

For example, a garden bed 6' by 18' will accommodate no more than 10 -12 plants -- 2 rows of 5 or 6 plants -- depending on plant size at maturity, while providing plenty of root space, airflow, and room for lots of foliage and fruit.

Some of our small varieties get only 4 feet tall, our dwarf varieties remain quite small and compact, from 18" to 3 feet tall and can be spaced closer.

See the Growing Tips page for more detailed information.

Plant Prices, Minimum Order

Our organically grown tomato plants are priced from $5.95 to $6.95 each; some of our very rare plants are priced higher. Plant prices are next to their names on The Big List below. Shipping is not included in the plant price.

 

Minimum credit card order is 4 plants. Minimum order by check payment is 1 plant.

Price break begins at 64 plants.

 

                 Sun Gold

Substitutions, Very Important Information!

Sometimes we must substitute a similar plant variety if your first choice is not available. If you do not list alternate choices, Laurel will personally choose a very similar and delicious variety which will do well in your climate.

If you do not want us to substitute a variety, be sure to mention this when you order and we will credit you for that plant if it is not available or double up on a variety already in your order.

Please note that during April, May and June we will not be able to consult with you regarding the variety we substitute. During this period of high shipping volume, if you have not listed some alternates and if we cannot locate you immediately to confer about an alternate, your shipment will have to be held back until the next open shipping window which can mean a crucial delay in getting your plants to you. This is why you must have a few alternates noted in your order or have Laurel choose an alternate for you.

Hey...Where's the Shopping Cart? Can I Order Online?

No, we do not have an online shopping cart due to variable plant sizes, from 10" to 22" tall so shipping weight will vary.

Since we start new seeds every 2 to 3 weeks there is a wide range of plant sizes. A plant can weigh from 12 oz. to 2 lbs. and be from 10" to 22" tall. This means variable shipping weights and package dimensions. Your order is taken by telephone or email so we can, using these factors, determine accurate shipping cost for each order.

Payment Information Click for very important shipping and packaging cost information. Please read this page before ordering to familiarize yourself with our prices, shipping method, packaging costs and our guarantee. Shipping and packaging costs are not included in the plant price.

Your personal information is secure and never shared with anyone, ever.

 

When To Order 

 

Your delivery will be scheduled during a 15 day period beginning on a Monday for your desired spring or summer planting time.

 

For instance, if you choose April 28th to May 12th as your shipping period your plants will ship sometime between April 28th to May 12th.

 

 

Photo of Jon's tomatoes grown in Redondo Beach, California,

Picking Up Your Plants -- by appointment only.

 

 

Do you live or work in Southern California? We do not have a retail store but you can pickup your plants here at our nursery.

 

Plants will be ready in mid March or early April and throughout spring and summer.

 

Please call ahead for an appointment. Will-Call appointments are available for:

 

Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment.

 

310 534 8611. 

 

(No walk-ins, please, we do not have a retail store.)

 

Laurel is allergic to manufactured perfumes; please avoid perfuming before coming to pick up your order.

 

We are in the South Bay/Torrance area of Los Angeles County near Western and Pacific Coast Highway, 30 minutes south of LAX, 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean and ½ mile west of the 110 freeway in Lomita. 

 

 

 

Updated:

September 20, 2014

 

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 Gogi Grant

September 20, 1924

                                     

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We have added some new delicious varieties for 2015!  They include Jutland, Black Ethiopian, Indigo Blue Berries, Santiago, Solar Flare, Julia Child, Delicious, Jersey Devil, Red Fig, Orange Strawberry, Fruit Punch, Carbon, Pineapple and Goose Creek.

The Big List for 2015 has been posted.

Photographs and descriptions are in The Big List below.

 

Big Zac will be back for 2015. Big Zac will be the biggest tomato of all in your garden, averaging 4 lbs. and up to 7 lbs.--prize winning size and great big old-time tomatoey flavor.

 

We will also have our top-selling, delicious and beautiful introductions from past seasons, Purple Haze Homegrown, Bear Claw, Blood Gulch, Foxy Lady, Todd County Amish, and Summer Cider

 

 

 

Part of Our Home Garden Harvest

 

 

 

 

A Guide to the Symbols used in The Big List, below

 

(H)  Hybrid. The few hybrids we list were developed with great flavor as the main criterion. These are delicious varieties which we have grown and taste-tested to ensure superior flavor.

 

(D)  Determinate. Also known as 'bush' varieties, these plants are usually small and great for container growing or for your small garden. They reach a certain predetermined height and then stop growing. Most of the fruit is borne over a 4 to 6 week period and the plant expires.  :(

  Our Sunshine Symbol means this variety grows beautifully in all climates, and does especially well in sustained high heat but not hotter than 96º. Pollen normally becomes sterile above 96º.

 

  Shown to be extra heat tolerant. Produces well at 95º temperatures.

   A specialty plant, developed to produce consistently in very hot weather, up to 97º- 100º.

 

    Our Penguin Symbol means this variety grows beautifully in all climates, and does especially well in cooler temperatures and produces late into the cool season.

 

    Twin Penguins: Grows beautifully in most climates and is extra cold tolerant. However, this does not mean North Dakota-in-winter-tolerant. These tomato plants need night temperatures consistently above 45º F.

(E) Early ripening variety, with 78 days or less to ripe tomatoes.

 

(VE) Very early varieties, usually less than 68 days from plant-out to ripe fruit.

 

(EE) Extremely early ripening varieties, ready to pick in only 45-60 days from planting.

 

  A good choice for growing in pots, and a variety which Laurel has already grown successfully in containers. Any heirloom tomato plant will grow well in a large 18 - 30 gallon container with proper growing techniques.  The dwarf varieties can be grown in 10 gallon containers. 

See detailed container-growing info:  Growing Tips  

 

(Ch) A cherry tomato. These little fruits can be red, black, orange, pink, purple, green, yellow, ivory, white or bicolor and in varying shapes: round, pear, grape, ping pong, pea-sized and plum-shaped.

 

F/C  This denotes a tomato that grows well in foggy coastal areas but also does beautifully in full sun. Thanks to Cynthia Sandberg at Love Apple Farm for this list!

 

(B)  A big tomato of at least 1 or 2 pounds.

 

(BB) A really big tomato. These 'super braggers' can reach 3 to 4 pounds.

 

(BBB) A ridiculously huge tomato, these prize winning giants can reach more than 5 lbs.

 

(SM) A small plant, great for containers or smaller garden spaces.

 

(VSM) A very small, dwarf type plant for small containers and tiny gardens.

 

(P-S) Paste or sauce type, especially popular for sauces. These tomatoes are richly flavored, ideal for cooking because flavors increase exponentially during the cooking process, and are also marvelous for fresh eating.

 

(HG) For your Historical or Heritage Garden. These are storied tomatoes with a fascinating history, including  well-known historic varieties, some of them named after persons of high renown, or an historical event. Some are tomatoes with tall tales and legends attached to their names. Many have simply stood the test of time.

 

Days: This means days to maturity. It is the approximate time from planting the seedling to harvesting the ripe fruit. Can vary from climate to climate.

 

New for 2015!  This means we are offering these varieties this year for the first time. Not a 'new' variety.

 

Heirloom Tomatoes
Photo by Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com 

Tomatofest, your source for the world's finest heirloom tomato seeds.

 

 

Our 2015 Tomato Varieties by Category 

 

 

New Varieties for 2015 

Growing Tips and Garden Products

Heirloom Tomato Seeds http://store.tomatofest.com/?Click=45

Our 2015 Plant Sale Dates Please join us for our Sunday Sales here at the nursery in spring and summer! (Please check back for sale dates)

Payment Information ...and shipping details  (Please read before you order.)

Gift Certificates

Laurel's Favorites

Big Red Tomatoes

Medium Size Red Tomatoes

The Biggest Tomatoes  

Small Fruited/Cherry Tomatoes

Early Ripening Tomatoes

Pink and Purple Tomatoes                       

The Black Tomatoes

The Green Tomatoes

The Yellow, Gold & Orange Tomatoes

Multi Colored Tomatoes

Other Colors

Sauce and Paste Tomatoes

Smaller Plants for Containers ...and small garden spaces.

Growing Tips and Garden Products

Heirloom Tomato Seeds (This will take you to TomatoFest.com for more than 600 varieties of organically grown heirloom tomato seeds.)

Favorite Links ...Highlighting great restaurants and other excellent resources!

Favorite Tomato Recipes  Great Recipes for your heirloom tomatoes; please send us your favorite recipe!

The Best Tomato Sandwich Recipes from our customers; please send us yours!

What Our Customers Say  And some photographs of their gardens...

Laurel's Blend Olive Oil  My Favorite!

Plant Support: TomatOH! Holders. They are awesome. Go here:  www.tomatohelpers.com 

 

                        

 

 

 

Cherry Tomato Bliss

 

 

 

The Big List For 2015

 

Our Tomato Plant Varieties, A to Z

All varieties are indeterminate unless noted (D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1884 ($5.95) (B)    (HG) (E) 78 days. 1884 is a superbly flavored old-time tomato which grows on a strong vigorous plant and produces big luscious 1 lb. to 2 lb. deep dark pink fruit with luxurious flavor and sets fruit readily in hot weather. The original seeds were discovered in 1884 by James Lyde Williamson in the debris after the big Ohio River flood of 1884 in Friendly, West Virginia. This grand fruit has taken top mention year after year in tomato tastings all over the country. Easy to grow and very productive. 

 

 

 

 

 

Abraham Lincoln ($5.95) (HG) (B) 80 days. This is the lusciously famous old time Illinois tomato. Very tasty, sweet, and juicy, with intense old fashioned tomato flavors, this wildly popular heirloom was introduced in Illinois in 1923 and produces big, red, round, scrumptious 10 ounce to 1-pound fruits in bountiful clusters of up to 9 tomatoes and has excellent disease resistance. A real classic which grows beautifully everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy's Sugar Gem  ($5.95)   (VE) 65 days. This huge, sprawling plant produces heavy clusters of golf ball sized, incredibly delicious, deep red ambrosial fruit with tiny golden jewel-like sparkles within the red skin. Very sweet! It was one of my absolute favorite tomatoes at TomatoFest in September--just knocked me out. Candy-on-the-vine, not to be missed. Developed by Jeff McCormack, it is a cross of Red Cherry and Tappy's Finest. Named for Amy Boor Hereford whose Grandma Tappy introduced Jeff to heirloom tomatoes more than 20 years ago.

 

 

 

 

  

Ananas Noir (Ah NAH nahs NWAR) AKA Black Pineapple ($5.95) 82 days.    This plant produces abundant clusters of 1 lb. round, dark-purple tomatoes with green shoulders. Another highly regarded black tomato with deep, rich tomato flavors inside where you will find a rainbow of color: red, yellow green, pink, a ravishing display that tastes as awesome as it looks. The colors inside bleed into each other in a stunning pattern. Fabulous texture, taste and production will make this tomato an edible conversation piece and garden-to-table mainstay.

(You will see this variety spelled 'Ananas Noire' but teamed with the masculine French word for pineapple (ananas), noir (black), should also be in the masculine form without an 'e'.)

Sliced Ananas Noir photograph courtesy of Jeffrey Smith.

 

 

 

    

 Anna Russian ($5.95)    (VE)  (HG) 65 days. This was the very first heirloom tomato I ever tasted and one of the finest of the oxheart tomatoes. The plant has very delicate, wistful foliage as do many of the Russian varieties. Don't let that fool you! Anna is easy to grow and bears heavily during hot and cool weather.

 

Years ago my mom brought me some perfect heart-shaped Anna Russians from her garden. She had gotten the seeds from a friend. I tasted; I swooned. From 8 to 12 ounces, the fruits she brought had  grown in beautiful clusters of 2 or 3--I wouldn't be without it.

 

Still in my top 5 favorites after all these years, Anna Russian is always among the first few plants I set out in my home garden every spring in a little Tomato Love ceremony. Its perfect heart shape in colors ranging from pink to red make it very special indeed.

Anna Russian seeds came to Craig Lehoullier from Brenda Hillenius of Oregon, who got the seeds from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox. Years earlier he had been given the original seeds from a Russian immigrant friend--a genuine example of the intriguing history these grand old tomatoes carry with them.  

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ANNA RUSSIAN:  Be sure to note that Anna Russian has droopy, wispy, delicate foliage as do so many of the heart-shaped tomatoes. There is nothing wrong with your plant; it's supposed to look that way. One of my customers was convinced by a well-meaning neighbor to rip out her Anna Russian plants.  "There's something wrong with them plants, Hildy, better rip 'em out..." And she did, then called me to tell me the bad news. I gave her the other bad news; her heart broke. " Oh no! I murdered them!"

It was too late for her to replant that season but she ordered Anna Russian the following year and had a beautiful crop!

   

 

 

Aunt Ruby's German Green ($5.95)  (B) (E)75-78 days. You're going to love this beautiful Tennessee tomato. Medium to large, sweet beefsteaks, bursting with a fragrant, complex, spicy-sweetness with a touch of tang. A gorgeous green-when-ripe color with a delicate pink blush inside, this much sought after variety is a real treat to have in your garden, and is said to be the very best tasting green. Reaching up to one pound, Aunt Ruby's German Green grows in clusters of 2 or 3.

With its intricate, earthy, unforgettable flavor and chartreuse flesh this one will broaden your tomato horizons. Very adaptable, and easy to grow with good disease resistance. From Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee who passed away in 1997.

 

 

Aussie ($5.95)     (B) 80 to 85 days.  This spectacular show-stopper has been a favorite of mine for many years. I've grown it in my home garden since 1999. After rave reviews by friends and family I've decided to offer it for 2012. One of the coolest things about Aussie is its bountiful production.  Some of the heirlooms produce moderately but Aussie pumps out copious harvests of huge red 1 to 2 lb. glossy bright red beefsteak fruits big, bold, scrumptious old-time flavors. With excellent disease resistance and complex flavor, it's a proven winner for your garden.

 

 

 

    

Azoychka  (Ah-ZOYCH-kah) ($5.95) 65 days.   (E) One of the first to ripen in your garden, this juicy, scrumptious, lemon-yellow, 7 to 9 ounce tomato has a rich, lingering sweetness with a fine touch of acidity. High producing and ripening in only 65 days from planting out, it has a delightful yet subtle hint of citrusy flavor. A spectacular Russian heirloom, Azoychka has become a favorite of chefs and tomato lovers worldwide. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Claw tomato, center photo grown by our customer Mike Alterowitz in western Montana, 2013....yes, Montana! And 3rd photograph from Dianna Theyssen of Ingalls, Indiana.

Bear Claw   ($6.25) 75 days    I've been hearing about this extremely rare fruit in heirloom tomato circles--everyone wants it and we've got it! From Lisa VonSaunder, "A fabulous tomato in every way you can measure. A huge tomato with some of the most outstanding flavors I've ever known. I never saw tomato plants grow so large so fast. Huge plant with stems like tree trunks. The first tomatoes of the season were one pound, then the fruit started coming in larger and larger and larger until they were the largest of all my tomatoes this season. Fabulous deep, rich, pink fruit that beat all the others in taste.

They grew so large the branches were drooping even with one fruit on them. So, if you want to win first place for size but you treasure flavor above all else, this is the tomato to grow! Do you want to have the most tomatoes ever grown on a vine? Then this is the plant for you!"

From the Ben Quisenberry collection.

Photograph one by Lisa VonSaunder of Amishland Seeds, used here with her kind permission. Second hotograph courtesy of our customer and friend Michael Alterowitz growing in his western Montana garden. Third photograph from Dianna Theyssen grown in Ingalls, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

   
 

Beaverlodge Slicer  ($5.95)  52 days.  (EE)  F/C (SM)  

From Gary Ibsen, "One of the earliest maturing tomato varieties at only 55 days, this tomato was developed at the Beaverlodge Research Center in Alberta Canada. The plant is short, compact and semi-determinate, loaded with 2", smooth, red, round tomatoes that contain rich and well balanced flavors. A surprisingly big flavor for such an early tomato. This is a perfect tomato variety for growing in a hanging basket or in a patio container. A good choice for cooler and foggy growing regions like Northern California."

 

 

Beefsteak (also called Red Ponderosa or Crimson Cushion)  ($5.95) (BB) 85 days. 

The word 'beefsteak' is most often used to describe fruit shape, but this is the original heirloom tomato which is actually named "Beefsteak".  Beefsteak will conjure memories of how real tomatoes taste. Huge, fragrant, delicious dark pink to red fruits, up to 2 pounds on big vines, this amazing plant will need extra support to keep up with the giant, juicy, tangy, sweet and scrumptious old-time tomatoes. A classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

Berkeley Tie Dye ($6.95) 80 days.    This rare and exotic fruit with big, bold, luscious flavors looks just like its name implies with showy streaks and swirls of green red, yellow and orange patterning inside and out. From 8 to 12 ounces, chefs nationwide are ordering these plants for their restaurant gardens  -- tomato lovers are clamoring for this fabulous variety.

Berkeley Tie Dye is another fabulous variety from talented tomato breeder Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms here in California. Check out Brad's 'Pork Chop' variety below, new to our list.

 

Photograph used here with the kind permission of Brad Gates. Photograph of hand holding Berkeley Tie Dye courtesy of David Tucker.

 

 

 

 

    

Big Zac ($8.95) 80-85 days. (H) (BBB)    (HG)

The biggest tomato of all! This gigantic and very delicious tomato normally reaches 4 lbs., and can reach 5 to 7 lbs., with luscious meaty fruits growing on a hearty disease-resistant plant. Big Zac is very easy to grow and reliably produces gigantic tomatoes in all climates.

 

Big Zac was developed by Minnie Zaccaria of New Jersey, a kind and kindred spirit, who has been growing big championship tomatoes for more than 20 years and has won the biggest tomato contest 7 times. Minnie, shown in the photograph with a 5.2 lb. Big Zac fruit, worked tirelessly to create this humungous fruit by crossing the largest heirloom tomato varieties she could find and finally came up with this amazing and yummy whopper of a tomato. Some Big Zac fruits look like 3 or 4 huge tomatoes sort of melted together.

 

Please order early to reserve your plants; Big Zac is grown in limited quantity and sells out quickly. 

 

 

  

  

Black Cherry  ($5.95) F/C (Ch) (VE) 65 days.

A perfectly round 1" cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet, yet rich, smoky and complex. Fruit picks easily from the stem and is produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants. Bred by Vince Sapp, these cherries are irresistibly delicious: look like a  black cherry, taste like a sweet cherry-- a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes for your garden, along with our other cherries, it makes an arresting display for any table. Just outstanding. These guys got eaten moments after the photograph was taken.  :)

 

A short video from Gary Ibsen.  Take a look!  http://www.tomatofest.com/video-good-news-from-the-garden-part5.html

 

 

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Black Ethiopian ($5.95)  80 days.  This spectacular tomato from the Ukraine has an exquisite flavor – just knocks me out. Be prepared for extremely heavy production of deep reddish brown-bronze 5 oz. luscious plum shaped tomatoes, sweet, rich and tangy – just ambrosial.

 

Black Ethiopian’s exceptional production and splendid flavor have made it highly prized in the tomato world.  A beautiful and rare tomato, a wonderful addition to your black tomato selection. Black Ethiopian is a hearty plant which bears right up to frost.

 

 

 

  

Black Krim ($5.95) 75 days (E)  

This much sought after Russian variety is unique and unforgettable, originally from Krim (Crimea) on the northern coast of the Black Sea in The Ukraine, Black Krim has a superb smoky sweetness with a delicate lingering touch of tang in a 4-6" slightly flattened, mahogany-colored fruit with lovely, deep green shoulders. Setting fruit at higher temperatures, it is superb and very easy to grow. 

 

 

 

 

  

Black From Tula ($5.95)  75 days.    

The largest of the irresistible, luscious black tomatoes, this big old-time Russian beauty produces a heavy crop of 4 inch,12 to 14 ounce, deep garnet-mahogany with all the promise of the smoky rich flavor for which the blacks are renown. Sweet and earthy, its mouth-watering flavor will make your eyes roll back in your head. One of Laurel's all-time favorites.

 

   

 

 

   

Black Plum  ($5.95) 75 days. F/C  (E) (P-S)

This marvelous plant offers a very heavy production of rich, sweet, fruity, elongated, mahogany plum-shaped 3" fruits that fall into your hands by the dozens as you pick them. This one is outstanding eaten fresh, or sliced in a salad, with a rich smoky sweetness and a delicate touch of tartness to its creamy flesh, it makes a fabulous and perfectly balanced sauce or paste and is becoming a great favorite for canning. I like it fresh off the vine for straight-up garden snackin'. Produces really well in hot humid areas. First place winner at the TomatoMania tasting of 2002.

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 Black Prince

Black Prince ($5.95) F/C     (E) (SM) 70 days. Black Prince is the true Siberian tomato. One of the most intensely 'tomatoey' flavored heirlooms, rich and juicy, a smaller plant, very prolific, easy to grow, it loads up in only 70 days with clusters of gorgeous 6-8 oz. deep, dark mahogany-red fruits the color of rubies at midnight. Black Prince has become a favored tomato among the best gardeners and chefs of America and throughout the world.

Easy to grow in any climate.

 

   

Black Zebra ($5.95) F/C   75 to 85 days. 

This stunning, perfectly round 1½" to 2" fruit with tender, deep dark red to caramel colored skin beneath vertical dark green and mahogany brush strokes is the favorite of my family. Black Zebra has opulent, rich flavor with hints of smoke and sweetness, a big favorite around here which disappear instantly from the plants the moment they ripen.

 

 

 

 

   

 

Blondkopfchen ( Blond-copf-shen) ($5.95) 75 days. Easily the finest tasting cherry tomato in existence, the name of this marvelous German heirloom cutie means Little Blond Head or Little Blond Girl. The big leafy plant produces thousands of ½" grape-size sparkling yellow-gold cherry tomatoes in phenomenal clusters of 30 fruits per bunch! Delightfully sweet with a citrusy finish, this is the one to try with children who don't think they like tomatoes. As Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com says, " Just put one in your mouth and try to keep from smiling!" No cracking, with great disease resistance, this little sweetie grows anywhere and produces right up until frost. Challenging to pronounce, really easy to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

Bloody Butcher ($5.95) F/C (EE)   52 days. This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. The 4 ounce round red 2" to 3" fruits have a rich silky texture and grow in great abundance on potato leafed vines. With its bountiful harvest month after month, the strong depth of flavor in Bloody Butcher has made it a favorite among tomato gourmands worldwide. A favorite for canning.

 

   

Blood Gulch  ($6.95)    85 to 90 days. Wow! This tomato is my new favorite. Cut into this magnificent fruit to reveal the deepest, darkest, blood-red flesh I've ever seen in a tomato. Decadent and delicious! A deep reddish-purple with luminescent green streaking, this 2 to 3 ounce fruit is an offspring of a pure platinum-silver tomato with darker silver stripes. This beautifully bizarre and stunning tomato is descended from that silver tomato discovered by Krystal Elser in a patch of Black Zebras.  Krystal saved 8 seeds, 2 germinated. Grown out and stabilized, two delightful varieties resulted from that silver pearlescent fruit. Blood Gulch and Valhalla. This is how a lot of the heirlooms came about. Mother Nature at her best!  A Laurel's exclusive.

 

First 2 photographs of Blood Gulch is the property of Krystal Elser of Elser's Country Farms and used here with her very kind permission.  www.elserscountryfarm.com

Third photograph from Dianna Theyssen, our customer in Ingalls, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

  

Brandywine OTV ($5.95) 72 days. A truly marvelous stand-out member of the great family of Brandywines, this one arose in Craig LeHoullier's garden years ago. Big 1 pound red fruits with orange shoulders and complex rich flavors. An outstanding tomato for your garden; it also sets fruit very well during high temperatures and bears all season. A reliable producer, very disease resistant, and easy to grow; OTV stands for Off The Vine, which was a wonderful online tomato newsletter published by Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier.  They describe this tomato as "the best strain of Brandywine set apart from others by its smooth, creamy, almost buttery texture, and harmonious sweet flavor." It originated from a natural cross-pollination of Yellow Brandywine and an unknown red parent, and was further developed and stabilized by Carolyn Male. 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandywine Red, Landis Valley Strain ($5.95)   ((HG) (E) 78 days. This old time legendary and very special strain of Red Brandywine is named for Brandywine Creek and comes from Chester County Pennsylvania where it originated in 1885. These big, vigorous vines produce 8 -12 ounce, deep bright-red round fruits in clusters of 4 to 6. Outstanding, prolific, robust, with intense tomato flavor which stands up to its legendary 100 year history. Among my favorites. (This is a different strain from regular Red Brandywine which is slightly larger, later and more ribbed.)

 

 

 

  

Brandywine, Pink ($5.95) 82 days. (B)  (HG)  This is the first heirloom tomato to achieve cult-like adoration in the world of tomato lovers. From Legendary tomato seedsman Ben Quisenberry of Ohio, this variety has been around for 100 years and was Ben's favorite tomato.

 

This is thought to be the old-time original Brandywine tomato. Many gardeners consider this strain the best Brandywine of all, with fruit that is superior in taste and smoothness. Its tomatoes are indeed special, 1 to 2 pound reddish-pink beefsteaks with the delectably complex, rich, sweet flavor that has made Brandywine justifiably famous. Legendary for its big, succulent overwhelming deliciousness, it is the tomato to which other heirlooms are compared. "Is it as good as Brandywine?" Not as high yielding as some other varieties, but each fruit is a treasure. Most folks buy more than one plant to get enough of this delightful fruit.

Photographs courtesy of Dianna Theyssen, copyright 2014

 

 

 

 

Brandywine Yellow, Platfoot Strain ($5.95) 85 days.   (B) From Gary Platfoot of Ohio, this magnificent big 1 to 2 pound brightly-colored smooth-shaped yellow tomato with marvelous complex taste is a special strain of Yellow Brandywine which has a much higher yield than regular Yellow Brandywine and offers the same elaborate, delicious tomato flavor. Gardeners who try this variety continue to grow it in their gardens.  Disease resistant and very easy to grow. It's a classic. I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Derby (Elser's) ($6.95) 75 to 80 days.  My absolute favorite discovery of 2007, no contest. Combining the sweet succulence of the black tomatoes and the tangy spiciness of the greens, this is a spectacular cross of my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson, and the legendary Aunt Ruby's German Green. Reaching up to 2 lbs.,

It arose about 5 years ago in the garden of Elser's Country Farm in Yucaipa, California and they have been selling it to adoring customers at their Southern California heirloom tomato farm stands for several years. The flavor is tantalizing--tart and sweet, a perfect combination of tang to sweetness with plenty of juice and a rapturous brown and green color. When Amazing Terry and I first tasted it in August, our eyes got wide, we grinned and stared at each other with the 'Oh-my-God-this-is-incredible' look. I could barely believe my mouth.

Elser's Brown Derby has become a much sought after favorite at Maria and Darrell's Farmer's Market stands where customers arrive early to get their hands on one of these treasures. I had to scramble to get this one. True story. I picked it up, another customer begged me for it; I did not budge, wouldn't give it up. I wanted it for the photograph because it was so beautiful. Then we ate it. A Laurel's exclusive.

 (This fruit is not related to Tom Wagner's Brown Derby line, arose independently from that line and was named without knowledge of it.)

 

 

 

 

 

Bush Beefsteak ($5.95)    (D) 60 days. (VE) A wonderful, early, compact and prolific, short bushy plant that grows to only 3 feet tall while producing huge amounts of scrumptious, 8 oz. red tomatoes in clusters of 3 to 5. A very popular determinate variety in short season areas, small gardens and for small (15 gallon) containers. Juicy and delicious. Early harvest, small manageable plant, big tomato flavor!

 

 

 

 

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Carbon ($5.95) This long-time favorite of mine is a real knock-out.  I've been custom growing it for several distinguished customers and they've convinced me to add it for 2015. It produces a heavy crop of 10 to 14 oz., beautiful purple-brown; most fruits are darker than the one in the photograph making this among of the darkest of the black tomatoes with delicious, rich, complex flavors that we treasure in the black tomatoes. This high producing, richly flavored tomato is a favorite of market gardeners and chefs.

 

 

 

 

 

Carmello  ($5.95)       (E) 75 days. An extremely popular French tomato, Carmello has become a great favorite among my customers. De-hybridized years ago by Gary Ibsen, it's a very reliable and bountiful producer of heavy, juicy, 8 oz. red fruits with immense flavor. This plant is among the most prolific ever bred and produces so many fruits you will be giving them away by the basketful. The Carmello plant in my garden proved to be disease resistant, and produced through late December with night temperatures about 42 degrees. The flavor alone puts it in my top 10. Wait 'til you see all the tomatoes on this plant; bring the big harvest basket. The photograph above, and at the bottom of the Growing Tips page, is of a Carmello fruit which grew into 'twins'-- 2 fruits connected to each other at the stem, and grown from one blossom.  

 

 

 

 

    

Caspian Pink ($5.95) 80 days.    (B)  Called the Queen of the Big Pinks, Caspian Pink has been requested by so many customers, I've added it for 2013. A big winner in tomato tastings and ranked in the top 10 of almost everyone's 'best' tomato lists, Caspian pink is easy to grow and very productive.

With flavor rivaling the best of the Brandywines, along with its handsome shape, beautiful hue and high production, this old time Russian variety offers huge pink fruits, from 1 to 2 lbs, which grow well everywhere and are a perfect choice for cooler climates.

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Purple ($5.95) (HG) (E)   75 days. A legendary and beautiful tomato, at least 100 years old and said to be grown by the Cherokee People. 12 oz. deep dark dusky rose-purple, deep red inside, with sweet, rich and smoky, luscious flavor. Cherokee Purple is a garden staple, in everyone's favorite list for a good reason-- disease resistant, reliable and easy to grow, and great one for your heirloom or heritage garden. Seeds were sent to Craig Lehoullier by JD Green of Tennessee who got them from a neighbor whose family had grown them for more than 100 years.  In 1990 Craig named it Cherokee Purple.

phtographs: Dianna Theyssen, Laurel Garza, Gary Ibsen, all rights reserved 2014

 

 

 

 

 

  

Chocolate Amazon  (aka Amazon Chocolate) ($6.95) 80 days.     (B) This exceedingly rare, beautiful and incredibly delicious variety is the first tomato that I can say rivals my all-time favorite, Paul Robeson. Everyone who tastes it goes mad with tomato love and says it is the best tasting tomato they have ever tried, bar none. The flavor of this deep chocolate-brown tomato, as described by Lisa Von Saunder of Amishland Heirloom Seeds, "a distinctive, winey, smoky, rich taste and fabulous color."  Lisa was the first to offer seeds of Chocolate Amazon which were sent to her by her Ukrainian friend, Sergey. Double the size of most other black tomatoes, reaching 1 lb. or more, extremely prolific and pumping out sweet, luscious, juicy tomatoes right into the cooler weather, Chocolate Amazon is in our top three discoveries for your tomato garden. Lisa's beautiful photographs are used here with her kind permission.  A Laurel's exclusive.  Lisa has some really unusual vegetable and flower seeds from all over the world.  www.amishlandseeds.com 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Chocolate Stripes ($6.25) 80 to 85 days.    (B)  Okay, I'm sorry! I like to change the list a bit every year but was not ready for the hue and cry for the return of Chocolate Stripes. After removing it from the list in 2009, I was bombarded by horrified customers who could not live without it and were freaked out by not seeing it for 2010 or 2011, so I grew it as a special order for several customers. I've been hearing from more and more folks who really love it --so, it's ba-ack! 

 

Among the largest of the black tomatoes, this one was among the top 3 winners of TomatoFest 2007. Reaching 4 inches and ripening to  mahogany with dark olive green stripes, these fruits have enormous old-time tomato flavor and an appearance similar to Black Zebra, but huge! A plentiful harvest, stunning beauty and out-of-this-world taste make Chocolate Stripes a rare treat in your garden.

 

 

 

 

 

Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red ($5.95) (HG) (E)   85 days. From Gary Ibsen, owner of Carmel TomatoFest who says, "Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red is a deep-red, round, beefsteak type fruit with a robust unruly tomatoey flavor and firm, juicy flesh that invites tomato feasting and seed-saving. The tall, indeterminate, very disease resistant plant produces loads of 3" to 4", 10-15 oz. fruits. "

 

"This is one of those big, bold tasting tomatoes that is not for sissies," said Ibsen. "Although it has some of the highest sugar levels I've ever seen from a tomato, the sweetness is in the background and its fruity flavors are balanced beautifully with plenty of acidity, earthy nuances and flavor complexity. It's a perfect tomato for eating fresh, cooking or canning."

 

"Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red has proven resistant to several of the most common tomato diseases: verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus."

"Within the hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes I've grown each year has been a selection of previously undistributed, un-named varieties, the seeds of which have been handed down within different families from around the country for generations, then tucked into letters from gardeners wanting to share their legacy with me."  

"For years I've wanted pay tribute to our neighbor Clint Eastwood for the generosity he's bestowed upon our Carmel-Monterey community, for his actions to preserve the natural beauty of our coastline and for the years of support he's given to the Carmel TomatoFest," said Gary Ibsen. With Clint's permission I chose to name it 'Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red', after Clint's character, Rowdy Yates, from the old television series Rawhide."

"The seeds of this variety came from Archie Millett in the foothills of the Sierras. Archie was a tomato breeder with the University of California at Davis since the early 50's. Following years of crossing thousands of tomato varieties at the university to produce a disease resistant tomato with intense flavor, he retired in 1987 and continued cross breeding to enhance the flavor qualities of his favorite tomato from his small home garden."

"Archie gave me these seeds by pressing them into my palm while we were in his garden," said Ibsen. "He said, "Here Gary, these are for you. I've only shared these with friends and family. This is the best tasting tomato of my 50 years of growing tomatoes. Name it what you want, share it with others. You are the person I'd like to introduce this tomato to the public." 

Gary named this fabulous tomato for his friend and fellow environmentalist, Clint Eastwood. 

Gary Ibsen's friendship and encouragement continue to inspire my love for heirloom tomatoes. He has been my mentor and finest inspiration, and his award winning book, The Great Tomato Book, is always nearby. 

Archie Millett is a national treasure. If I have a tomato question that even Gary can't answer, he points me to Archie," Time to call Archie..." 

I called him with a question one summer. Archie's sweet wife answered and asked me to hold the phone for a moment. She called to him--he was way out in the tomato field. Gracious and kind, this wonderful 81 year old gentleman came to the phone and helped me solve my gardening question.

We are very proud to be the exclusive source for Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red plants.

 

 

  

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Costoluto Genovese ($5.95) F/C (P-S) (HG)   (E) 78 days. A big beautiful and classic Italian heirloom, the deeply fluted, ribbed intensely-red 8 oz. fruits are mouthwatering and utterly scrumptious. This stunning tomato has a splendid, complex old-time flavor which makes it a perfect choice for sauce and fresh eating. Does will in high heat and cooler areas, too. Thomas Jefferson grew Costoluto Genovese in his Virginia garden in 1780's along with many other heirloom varieties which became popular across the country.   Costoluto means 'ribbed'.

 

 

 

  

  

Cuostraleé ($5.95) (Koh-struh-LAY or Koo-strah-lee) (BBB)       85 days. Big, hearty, prolific plant, with huge red beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, up to 4 lbs. I have to use both hands to pick them. Gigantic fruits have a superb, classic tomato flavor. Very easy to grow, disease resistant and a reliable producer, in my top 10 favorites. Another hot weather favorite which will grow easily and wonderfully in all gardens.

Don't worry; nobody knows how to pronounce it but it's so good, you won't care.   :)

 

 

 

 

   

Dagma's Perfection (DAHK - mahs) ($5.95) (E)        72 days.

Dagma's Perfection ($5.95) (E) 72 days. TOP SELLER

As described by Gary Ibsen, renowned tomato expert, gourmet, author, connoisseur, and owner of Carmel TomatoFest, who named this extraordinary tomato for his charming and winsome lady love. "This vigorous and abundant plant offers a bountiful harvest of medium-sized, 3" 12 oz., light yellow beefsteak fruits with beautifully delicate red striping. Deliciously flavorful with lingering sweet overtones of tropical fruit and subtle hints of lime, it is firm, juicy and elegant in the mouth." An enchanting tomato...delightful and jewel-like, just marvelous.

Dagma's Perfection is a best seller for us.

 

 

 

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Delicious ($5.95) 85 days. Because it holds the Guinness Book of World Record's 'Largest Tomato Ever Grown' title, just over 7 pounds for a single fruit, I've had many requests for this tomato over the years, so here it is! A real treasure, this huge, normally at 2 lb., scarlet red, meaty, beefsteak tomato has complex, rich, old-fashioned tomato flavors that tomato lovers dream of. Delicious it is! It holds a world record for largest tomato grown,  Many folks report fruits of 3 to 4 lbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Druzba (DROOSH-Bah) ($5.95) 80 days.   This is a very special favorite of mine which I've grown for my personal stash for a long time. Because it's such an extraordinary variety, I have sent plants of Druzba as an alternate for Goose Creek when Goose Creek plants were too small to ship.

 

Soon I began getting calls from customers who loved it and begged me to send them another Druzba! I think you will agree that it has a very robust, rich, concentrated tomato flavor borne in smooth, perfectly  round, deep-red, blemish-free 10 ounce fruits with good disease resistance and high production.

The name Druzba means friendship in Bulgarian only they write it this way: приятелство. Pretty cool.   :)

 

  

 

 

 

Eva Purple Ball   ($5.95) 68 days F/C     (E) A beautiful, adaptable and reliable choice for your garden. Easy to grow, virtually problem free, and often called the most beautiful tomato of all. Eva Purple Ball produces perfectly round, deep pink, 6-8 oz, juicy, sweet luscious globes with an outstanding rich and refreshing flavor. At first bite, the tanginess dominates, giving way a moment later to an enduring sweetness with overtones of tropical fruit and spice. Growing very well in high heat and humidity, its very high-yield and disease resistance makes this prolific garden staple an outstanding choice for novice gardeners and experts alike. Originally from the Black Forest of Germany in the late 1800's. This plant out produced all others in my 2005 summer garden.

 

 

 

Fireworks  ($5.95) 50 days (EE)      Ripe in only 50 to 55 days, this lovely bright red tomato, very large for a quick maturing variety, has splendid rich, sweet juicy flavor which runs deep for a super-early tomato. Fruits are 3", 6-9 oz., round, with a very distinctive slightly pointed tip, are heat resistant, cold tolerant and delicious. A fast-ripening classic, easy to grow, very productive!

 

 

 

 

 

Flammé, see Jaune Flammé below

 

 

 

 

Florida 91 ($5.95) (Hybrid) 72 days. (D) (E)
 

I have chosen Florida 91 as the perfect plant for my customers in extreme high heat areas who want to have a plant that keeps producing lots of tomatoes in high summer. This specialty tomato has the 'heat gene' and is a very heat tolerant hybrid variety which produces delicious, bright red, 10 ounce, rich, sweet full-flavored tomatoes in only 72 to 80 days. A smaller plant, this variety sets fruit easily during high heat, when days are up to 97º or hotter and night temperatures are 73º to 82º. Very disease resistant. Ideal for slicing onto sandwiches and salads, these sweet tomatoes ripen to be firm, solid, and resistant to cracking.

 

 

 

                         

Foxy Lady ($5.95) (E)   70 to 75 days. This rapturous little cousin of Purple Haze is the newest addition to our heirloom tomato selection.

My seeds for this exquisite 1½” deep purple cherry tomato come from heirloom aficionado Dana Ferrin of Seattle, who grew out the Original Purple Haze for five generations to see if it would grow true-to-variety. He sent me some seeds to grow out and to our delight, the resulting fruit is a full flavored, sweet and sassy little 1 oz. cousin to Purple Haze which I’ve named Foxy Lady. The taste, very much like Purple Haze, is energizing, elaborate and dazzling with a sweet, seductive background of earthy nuance and lingering flavors. I was mesmerized by the flavors of these cute little heartbreakers.

Early ripening and growing in mass abundance on big plants in clusters of 5 to 7 fruits, Foxy Lady ripens in only 70-72 days from plant out. Unlike the regular-leafed Purple Haze, Foxy Lady has some of the biggest potato type leaves I’ve ever seen. They'll make you wanna get up and scream... and just like the Original Purple Haze, which is also available for 2014, (see below), Foxy Lady has a muted, subtle saltiness along with a tiny touch of tang to balance its big full-bodied sugar. Got to be all mine, all mine….

Dana has donated seeds so we can grow and offer this very rare plant to our customers and donate part of the proceeds to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism.  www.talkaboutcuringautism.org. Thank you, Dana!

Supply is rather limited, please order early. A Laurel's exclusive. Photograph By Dana Ferrin, used here with his gracious permission.

 

               

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Fruit Punch ($5.95) 75 days. One of my all time favorite cherries and a big hit with visitors to our gardens. This delicious pink cherry has an elaborate sweet flavor, very complex for a cherry tomato. Growing in clusters of 10 to 12 fruits, it bears heavily all season long, and is crack resistant and disease resistant. As with the best of the cherries, most of them won't make it into the house.

From Gary Ibsen: "Big, sprawling plants that yield a prolific crops of 1 oz., round, pink, thin-skinned fruit that "achieves a new level of sugar-sweetness and a tangy 'true tomato' taste." Super fruity sweet. Surprisingly crack resistant, even in heavy rains, considering the delicate thin skin.  This tomato will give you pleasure. You will love it!"

 

  

Goldman's Italian-American ($6.95) 80 days.     Due to unprecedented customer requests, I am including this marvelous tomato again! Heirloom Guru Extraordinaire, Amy Goldman, found this delightful full-figured, big-flavored tomato at a roadside stand in Cernobbio, Italy and named it after her father's Brooklyn, NY grocery store.

With very few seeds, Goldman's Italian-American is a terrific choice for cooking--makes a very silky sauce, creamy paste and adds some magic to soups and stews.  Pear shaped, blood red, juicy and meaty, growing to about 12 to 16 ounces with a beguiling ruffled shape, it is in such high demand that seeds are almost sold out everywhere.

Photograph of Goldman's Italian-American is the property of Baker Creek and used here with their gracious permission.

 

 

 

 

 

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Goose Creek ($7.95) 75-80 days.  (HG) (E)   Goose Creek is back for 2015

 

This delectable historical family heirloom is one of the rarest plants we offer and our top seller. The flavor and color run deep in Goose Creek, a stunning, pink/red fruit, round or slightly flattened, sometimes slightly lobed, with occasional tiny gold streaks or speckling.

 

Juicy, very sweet and intensely tomatoey as if injected with concentrated tomato flavor. Ambrosial with a luxurious, silken texture, a lingering touch of sweetness and rich, earthy sweet flavors, high fruit yield and very few seeds. 

 

This family treasure comes to us from my old friend and edible landscape expert, Jimmy Williams, author of the top selling gardening book, 'From Seed to Skillet' and owner of HayGround Organic Gardening in California whose home garden is an enchanting escape. Jimmy and his Native Island Gullah-Geechee forebears are descendants of slaves brought in bondage from The Caribbean to the coastal islands of the Southern United States to grow rice for plantation owners.

The Gullah are still keepers of a fascinating culture of food, language and beloved traditions--a most extraordinary and delightful people.

The seeds of this sublime fruit have been passed down through generations since the 1800's when Jimmy's great-great grandmother, a young Caribbean slave, smuggled them with her aboard ship. When the ship docked at Charleston near Goose Creek, South Carolina, she had the treasured seeds with her, hidden in her skirt pocket and planted them that first spring. Jimmy's grandmother, Elouise Watson, shared this precious heirloom with him more than 55 years ago, assuring Goose Creek's place in his family's garden for generations to come.

 

Along with being very heat tolerant, it shows remarkable cold-tolerance along the cooler coastal areas where the fruits continue to set and ripen through November and December. It is a wonderful choice for growing in containers.

it is a rare and exquisite selection for your table and your historical garden. Goose Creek is a delightful gift for the tomato lover on your list.

 

Grape Tomato  See Red Fig and Rosalita below.

 

 

 

 

 

Green Giant ($5.95) (E) (B) 60-70 days. Occasionally a tomato comes along which deserves very special attention.

 

We had the immense pleasure of tasting Green Giant at the 2007 TomatoFest in Carmel, California where it captured the hearts of tasters and garnered a great deal of attention. I have not been this impressed by a tomato for many, many years. On a flavor scale of 1 to 100, Green Giant is a resounding 100. Incredible. Unforgettable. 

 

It arose originally in the garden of Reinhard Kraft of Germany in 2000 when he planted 30 seeds called 'Green Giant' from a friend in Canada. 29 of them grew out regular leafed except for one which had big potato leafed foliage. Reinhard cultivated that one, selecting the best fruit for several seasons, and continued to save seeds. Yay, Reinhard. My original seeds were from my buddy Cynthia Sandberg, owner of Love Apple Farm in Ben Lomond, CA. Cynthia grew the magnificent Green Giant fruits we tasted at TomatoFest and graciously let me use her photograph here. 

 

 

 

 

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Green Zebra  ($5.95) F/C (E)     72 days. Visually enchanting, abundantly productive, this 2-inch round fruit ripens to a beautiful amber gold with dark green zebra-like stripes over the amber background. Inside, the flesh is beautiful, sparkling green. Another wonderful variety from Tom Wagner, it is gorgeous to behold, tangy and deeply sweet with lingering flavors.  This exquisite tomato was chosen by chef extraordinaire, Alice Waters, for her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California and was among the first varieties to trigger the renewed interest in heirloom tomatoes. In my top 5. How to tell if a green tomato is ripe?  Close your eyes and feel it; if it's soft, it's ripe.  

 Take a look:   http://www.tomatofest.com/video-good-news-from-the-garden-part2.html

Copyrighted photo property of Laurel Garza/Heirloomtomatoplants.com  All Rights reserved

 

 

 

 

 

Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry  ($5.95) 75 days. (HG)      This very old variety from the 1830's is a brilliant 1" to 1½" yellow cherry tomato with big sweet flavors that explode in your mouth with an elegant irresistible pop! Just try to get more than a handful into the house after picking them vine-ripened and warmed from the summer sun.  A rare treat. Huge harvests. Incredibly prolific. One of the the best tasting yellow cherries and you will have enough to give them away by the basketful. Originally from John Hartman of J.M. Hartman & Daughters seed company in InDiannapolis, Indiana.

 

To quote William Woys Weaver: "The vines are long, rambling to 8 or 10 feet, and thus require staking. The fruit hangs in clusters of 6 to 8, and individual tomatoes are larger than a true gooseberry, and well flavored. The fruit color is lemon yellow. This variety is one of the first to come to fruit, and it remains productive until frost. The plants are somewhat frost tolerant at 28° to 32° F."

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaiian Pineapple ($5.95) (B)  90 days. A huge, breathtaking and much sought after golden-orange beefsteak with fruit that grows up to 1-1/2 lbs. When fruit is ripe it has a luscious, very rich, sweet pineapple-melon like flavor and heady tropical fragrance. Add the unusually high production of this plant, and it makes my top 10 list. A real knock-out and a top-seller. 

Photograph of Hawaiian Pineapple is the property of Dianna Theyssen and used here with her gracious permission.

 

 

 

 

Hawaiian Currant ($5.95) (Ch)   80 days. This magnificent miniature morsel of a tomato amazed me and the other tasters at TomatoFest in September of 2003. Festival guests were going back for more, causing a traffic jam in the joyous meandering line of tomato fans.  We got the hairy eyeball from a staff member. But it was worth it....

It grows in abundant grape-like clusters, each cluster holding onto its little red pea-sized fruits, until all are perfectly ripe. Be sure to snip off the entire ripened cluster as you would with a cluster of grapes on the vine, rather than trying to get these teeny little guys off one at a time.

The flavor of Hawaiian Currant is unbelievably deep, rich, sweet, and lingering on the palette, a tiny terrific dream of a tomato.

 

 

 

 

 

Hillbilly ($5.95) (BB)  (E)  78 days. This fabulous old-time heirloom from the hills of West Virginia, growing to 2 lbs., has stunning yellow and red dappled skin with sunset-hued rainbow stripes inside; makes gorgeous slices. Vibrantly sweet, and luscious.

 

Another top vote getter at TomatoFest in Carmel, California. This one has become a favorite of gardeners worldwide. Easy to grow and disease resistant, Hillbilly is a mainstay for the classic heirloom garden.

 

 

 

 

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Indigo Blue Berries ($6.50)  75 days. You're going to love this tomato! along with very high production in clusters of 6 to 8 fruits, Indigo Blue Berries are a  spectacular indigo blue, 1 to 2 ounces with a snappy, sweet flavor and a gorgeous mahogany-red blossom end. The fruits ripen to shiny, deep midnight-blue, almost raven-black cherries. Quite a conversation piece. I grew it in a container out front and passers-by, kids, grandmas and grandpas, whole families in my neighborhood actually came to the door to ask what it was. A really mind-blowing tomato.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indigo Rose ($5.95) 85 days. The first truly deep blue tomato, Indigo Rose has created quite a splash in the Tomato World. The saladette size 2 " fruits can be as dark as an eggplant and the plant produces hundreds of tomatoes.

 

Because of many, MANY requests we are offering this stunning and novel addition for your tomato garden. As seen in the photograph, the flesh inside is not purple.

 

Indigo Rose is loaded with disease-fighting and wrinkle-fighting antioxidants called anthocyanins. (Pronounced an-tho SIGH uh nins )

 

It is important to wait until the skin turns from shiny purple to purple-brown with some red showing on the blossom end before picking. That will ensure you have a ripe fruit. The leaves have a tendency to roll as you can see in the photograph. That's a genetic trait and not a reason for worry. The flavor is good, tastes just like a tomato with a proper balance of sweet and tang. But be sure and wait for ripeness before picking. The purple color develops when the tomato's surface is exposed to light and fruits will develop this gorgeous color after picking, too, if left exposed to household light for several days.  (These fruits are not GMO.)

 

 

 

 

     

Isis Candy  ($5.95) F/C (Ch) (VE)    60 days. These precious little 1½" morsels of red and gold garden candy have a dazzling starburst or 'cat's eye' pattern on the blossom end when ripe. Sweet and fruity, Isis Candy has become a top 10 winner at tomato tastings, rivaling Sun Gold's flavor as a best-of-show cherry. Crack-resistant, a spectacular top seller.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

Italian Heirloom ($5.95)   (P-S) 85 days. The name says it all. A real classic from Italy and a top seller here. Producing loads of fat, juicy, delicious, 12 to 16 oz. brilliant red, meaty, elongated, slightly pear-shaped tomatoes with an abundance of rich, complex flavors you'd expect from the best Italian varieties. This tomato is revered by the Italians for its BIG taste and high production. Whether for fresh eating or cooking, you will fall in love with Italian Heirloom.

 

 

 

 

Japanese Black Truffle AKA Japanese Black Trifele ($5.95)        (SM) 70 to 80 days. Japanese Black Trifele, which translates to truffle, is a medium sized, juicy 3 to 4" inch long 6 -8 ounce pear-shaped, deep purple-black tomato with pretty green shouldersIn Russia the Trifele varieties of tomatoes--of  which there are several colors--are highly prized and command high prices. Growing on a short potato-leafed plant, it's the size and shape of a Bartlett pear and among the darkest hued and finest flavored of the black tomatoes.

The skin is smooth and crack resistant and production is huge. Don't over-water and you will be rewarded with flavor that is deep, chocolaty, smoky and rich, just wonderful. Took their picture and ate 'em.

 

 

  

Japanese Yellow Truffle aka Japanese Yellow Trifele($5.95) 80 days.    If you like sweet tomatoes, this charmer is for you. With a beguiling shape and rich taste along with heavy production, the 4 to 6 ounce Yellow Truffle is a fabulous addition to your collection. At the peak of ripeness when the skin changes from yellow to golden-orange, these yummy guys are long keepers which stay fresh and flavorful for a couple of weeks after picking, making them perfect for gardeners and market growers alike. In a display along with their handsome dusky-hued cousins, Black Truffle (above) they are a knock out.

 

They are irresistible. After this photo session, we accidentally ate all of them, even the one we promised to save for Grandma. In the second photograph is Wesley, quite possibly my goofiest grandson, holding a cluster of Japanese Yellow Truffle from his garden.

 

 

 

  

 

Jaune Flammé AKA Flammé ($5.95) F/C   (E) 70 days. Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Flammé is an unforgettable tomato. Intensely orange with a reddish blush on the blossom end, these flame-colored 2 ounce globes have a rich, tangy and exciting flavor that literally bursts in your mouth. Cut open to reveal a reddish interior; this fruit reminds me of a blood orange with its spectacular contrasting colors.

At certain times of day when the light is just right, the fruits of Flammé glow brilliant amber against the background of deep green foliage.

 

 

 

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Jersey Devil  ($5.95)  88 days. This long, tapered, sweet and meaty old time Jersey tomato is a delightful addition to any heirloom garden. The 5" to 6 " long gorgeous bright red fruits are easy to grow, highly productive and ideal for sauce, paste and for fresh eating. Very few seeds and a fascinating shape make Jersey Devil an old favorite. I've heard from a lot of old-time gardeners who have been searching for this plant. Here it is!

 

 

 

 

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Julia Child   ($5.95) (B)   78 days.  Quoting my friend and mentor, Gary Ibsen of Tomatofest.com, "Early in 2001, while having lunch with Julia Child in Carmel Valley, California, I told her about my having in my tomato seed trials several un-named varieties. I followed by asking her, "If I'm able to grow an heirloom tomato that's good enough to name after you, what kind would you like it to be?" I suspected she would say, "Red", or "Beefsteak", or "Yellow." However, after just a moment's hesitation, Julia looked at me and replied, "Tasty, my dear."

 

"The tall, indeterminate, potato-leaf plant produces lots of 4-inch, deep-pink, lightly-fluted, beefsteak fruits that have the kind of robust tomatoey flavors and firm, juicy flesh that invites tomato feasting and seed-saving. It's not a simple, sugary sweet variety, but has a bold, straight-forward character in its taste, with more than enough acidity and earthy nuances to balance its sweet, fruity flavors."

 

Gary selected the best tasting of the un-named varieties. I have grow Julia Child as a special order for one very discerning customer for several years, and now the plants are available for everyone. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jutland ($5.95)    (E) 72 days. Here is a most exciting new addition to our 2015 list!  I am thrilled to present Jutland, a perfect 3 to 5 ounce, thin-skinned, plum shaped tomato with a pointed tip and the most sublime flavor we've found in a tomato this season. As with many tomatoes of this shape, the foliage is wispy.

 

Juicy, sweet, tangy, delicious, old-fashioned tomato flavor make Jutland a must-grow for the most dedicated and adventuresome heirloom tomato fans. The photographs show Jutland in various stages of ripening. Our seeds come from Stephanie Magdziak of Princeton, NJ.


Stephanie contacted me about this fabulous tomato, hoping to share it with other heirloom tomato gardeners. She's been growing Jutland for about 15 years since she collected a few seeds at a local tomato-tasting festival and fell in love with this sublime fruit. She tells us: "The seeds were first collected at Howell Living History Farm in New Jersey. For a couple of years, they had a small tomato festival where you could bring your best tomatoes and compete for best flavor, etc. I collected them there, after sampling a sliver. It was labeled 'Jutland tomato from Harbourton' NJ.

 

Not a paste tomato, too juicy for that, but it does make a fabulous sauce. I'd recommend this one for fresh eating, though. 

 

Photographs courtesy of Stephanie Magdziak

 

 

 

Kellogg's Breakfast ($5.95)     (E) 78 days. Wow whatta tomato!  These big 1 to 2 lb. bright orange beefsteak beauties are exactly the color of orange juice. Thin skinned and with very few seeds, this terrific fruit with its sweet, buttery, ambrosial flavor with a perfect balance of bright tanginess is a favorite of gourmets and gourmands worldwide. Sliced open, it reveals a rich creamy bright-orange flesh, just bursting with juice. A top seller year after year. Seeds originally saved by Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan. Thank you, Darrell.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Legend ($5.95)     (E)   60 days. This very early variety from Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University grows in abundance on short bushy semi-determinate plants.  The 14 to 16 ounce fruits are smooth and round and blemish free. Bright red with delicious sweet flavors that are perfectly balanced with a touch of acid, Legend produces in only 60 days from plant out. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates

 

Sets fruit easily in cooler climates and shows excellent resistance to late blight. A favorite for salads, sandwiches and canning.

 

 

 

 

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Lime Green Salad  ($5.95) (VSM)   (E)   52 days. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates, this diminutive semi-determinate plant as become one of my passions. I grew only one Lime Green Salad plant the first season and wish I'd grown 10.  This petite plant, about 18" to 24" tall--great for small containers like 5 gallons, or in your main garden, produces huge sprays of blossoms of which about 15% will become tomatoes. Not a cherry tomato, about handball size, expect early, abundant harvests of luscious tangy-sweet 3 to 4 oz. round lime-green tomatoes which literally burst with intricate, sweet refreshing citrusy flavors when you bite into them. The flesh inside is a gorgeous chartreuse, juicy...the flavor lingers. Be sure to wait for the amber color to rise to signal ripeness.  

 

 

 

 

 

Marianna's Peace ($5.95) 80 days. (B) (HG)      One of our top 3 sellers. The sugary nectar of this huge 5" tomato's creamy, dense, deep pink-red flesh is intensely rich, with perfect sweet-acid balance and sublime, complex flavors reminiscent of the finest of the "old-fashioned" tomato flavors.  This big, beautiful irresistible up to 2 or 3 lb. deep pink-red fruit is the talk of the tomato world and has found its way into Top 10 favorite tomato lists of gourmands worldwide. It is perfection and one of the 3 finest tasting tomatoes in existence.

Marianna was from a family of farmers in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia. During World War II, in May of 1945 when she was 17, Russian soldiers came to her school and forced Marianna and all her schoolmates into a truck to be taken to Siberia. During the journey, she and a few others escaped by jumping from the moving truck, but Marianna was shot in the leg just as she crossed the Czech border. With the help of her friends, she was able to continue on to the town of Weiden, Bavaria. She lost all contact with her parents and brothers for the next ten years, but after a long and diligent search with the aid of The Red Cross, she finally found them in 1955. 

Before he died, her father gave her a little bundle of the seeds. 

Marianna married, and in 1957 moved to Washington State with her husband where they raised four children and lots of tomatoes.

The legacy of these seeds reaches back to the early 1900's and year after year the tomatoes borne from this marvelous heirloom continue to be treasured for their outstanding taste and beauty. Incredibly sweet, creamy, with dense flesh, rich and luscious, reminiscent of the finest of those "old-fashioned" tomato flavors, the memories of which are the stuff of dreams for all tomato lovers. 

For those who want the best; these plants are precious and worth the cost. A Marianna's Peace plant makes a delightful and treasured gift for any tomato lover.

 

 

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Martino's Roma (D) ($5.95)  (P-S) (E) (SM) 75 days. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates. This extremely prolific plant produces a huge yield--the fruit loads up in amazing quantities on a small 3 foot plant. Its yummy crop of  3" red pear-shaped Roma tomatoes that are great for cooking and sweet and luscious enough to enjoy fresh right out of your hand. Very meaty with few seeds, highly productive, marvelous for canning and for your favorite tomato sauce recipe. The flavor intensifies exponentially during cooking.  

 

 

 

 

Momotaro  ($6.95) (H) (VE)   62 days. (HG) This very popular early-ripening hybrid variety, (and Dolly Parton's favorite tomato), is being offered due to hundreds of requests from my customers who have found Momotaro fruits at Farmer's Markets. It is exceptionally sweet, low-acid, juicy and just beautiful with a very long shelf life. The 6 ounce fruits are a stunning shade of pink, full flavored, luscious and bountiful on the vine, with superb disease resistance.

I smuggled one into an heirloom tasting party, and the folks loved it. The revelation that it was a hybrid was a splendid surprise to the gathered heirloom aficionados and motley crew of tomato gourmets and gourmands. 

Named for an ancient legend of Momotaro, or Peach Boy, Momotaro was a baby boy found inside a giant peach by childless peasant farmers who had longed for a child of their own. He grew to be a famous warrior for peace. Among his many achievements: conquering, and then encouraging the ogres of Ogre Island to stop pillaging and be nice ogres. Each year the Momotaro festival in Japan celebrates the legend of this brave and wondrous child.  

 

 

 

 

Mortgage Lifter aka Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter ($5.95) (BB) (HG)     80 days.          

       

  Radiator Charlie and his big tomatoes in

  a newspaper photograph from 1964.   

This gigantic legendary heirloom from Logan, West Virginia  developed by M.C. 'Charlie' Byles in the 1930's, is huge, sweet, juicy, delicious and prolific, with splendid old time tomato flavor. The meaty pink-red fruits weigh at least a pound, averaging 2½ lbs. and reaching up to 4 lbs. A very prolific plant which continues to bear fruit in high heat and right up until frost, it also keeps very well.  

 

Marshall Cletis Byles, who much preferred to go by MC or just Charlie, owned a garage specializing in radiator repair. 

He developed Mortgage Lifter over a six year period by crossing German Johnson, Beefsteak and 2 other really big varieties, all chosen for their huge size and grand flavor. He sold the resulting plants for a dollar each (in the 40's), and was able to pay off his $5000.00 house mortgage in only 6 years with the profit from his plant sales. "I didn't pay but six thousand dollars for my home, and paid most of it off with tomato plants", said Charlie in a tape recorded interview with his grandson which aired recently on National Public Radio.

Charlie's repair shop was at the bottom of a steep hill so travelers whose radiators over-heated during the climb had to coast back down to Radiator Charlie's for repair. Other folks heard about these huge luscious tomatoes and came from hundreds of miles to buy the plant. As my customer John in Virginia says, "It's just not a real tomato garden without Mortgage Lifter."  Charlie Byles lived to be 97 years old. Here is a link to the story, in Radiator Charlie's own voice:

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=06-P13-00027&segmentID=6

 

Our deepest thanks to Jeff McCormack, a famed seed saver, for keeping Charlie Byle's tomato seeds and so many other great heirloom varieties alive and thriving for gardeners worldwide.  Without Jeff's efforts many of these grand old family heirlooms would have been lost forever. (And thanks to Cory for his help with the information.)

 

 

 

 

Neves Azorean Red ($5.95) (BB) (Pronounced Nevzh Ah-ZOH-ree-uhn) 75 days. Boy are you in for a treat! This terrific, boldly flavored, 1 to 3 lb tomato is produced on a big hearty plant with a large central stem branching out into loaded branches of big beefsteak tomatoes so delicious they are in great demand in heirloom tomato world. I have been custom-growing this variety for certain very discriminating customers for the past couple of years, and now that the world is catching on to this spectacular fruit, it could become the ultimate sandwich tomato or to show off your special tomato salad. This one packs quite a flavor punch--not for sissies. 

Featuring great disease resistance and an excellent production right up until frost, we heartily thank the late Anthony Neves who brought the seeds home with him from a trip to The Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic about 900 miles west of mainland Portugal.

Thanks to my customer Renee Machado Berry for the Portugese pronunciation of Neves.  :)

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Lights  ($5.95) F/C    (VE) 60 days. An absolutely striking tomato. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates. This big, heavy 4" - 5", 10 oz. gorgeous yellow-orange beefsteak, with a red blush on the blossom end and spectacular red, gold and yellow patterning in the center, is reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, for which it is named. The flavor is sweet, intense, slightly tangy and luscious. This marvelous tomato, only about 60 to 65 days from plant out until ripe fruit, bears beautiful tomatoes right through the cold weather up until the first frost. 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Oaxacan Jewel ( Wah - hah - kun) ($5.95)   85 days.  Wonderfully rich, sweet flavors make this stunning jewel-like tomato a huge favorite at tasting parties and in fine restaurants. These beautiful 1 to 2 lb. brilliant yellow beefsteak tomatoes with red streaks throughout the flesh make this one a chef's favorite for flavor and presentation. From the beautiful sate of Oaxaca, Oaxacan Jewel is gaining fans world wide and was among my best finds for the 2011 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Omar's Lebanese ($5.95) (BBB)     80 days. The really big one! Omar's Lebanese has a passionately sweet and complex flavor. These enormous fruits--deep pink, luscious and juicy--grow to 3-4 lbs with excellent disease resistance. A spectacular tomato. Really easy to grow, out of this world. Takes 2 hands to pick it. In my top 5. Omar from Lebanon brought this tomato to the US years ago. Yay Omar!

 

 

 

 

 

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Orange Strawberry ($5.95) 80 days.  Aside from being one of the most beautiful tomatoes in the world, Orange Strawberry's flavor is rich, tropical, sparking, enchanting. Full flavored, heavy in the hand, about 4", a gorgeous sunset orange inside and out, very few seeds, creamy meaty flesh, never mushy, never bland. An outstanding choice for the heirloom gardener who wants dazzling beauty and sumptuous flavor right there in the garden. A real treasure.

 

 

 

 

    

 

Paul Robeson ($5.95) (VE)  (HG)       65-70 days. This is my all-time favorite tomato and our top seller.

It is a gorgeous, dark and dusky-hued fruit with intensely sweet earthy taste with a hint of tanginess, a luscious velvety smooth texture, beautiful skin, rich with juice and high production. You will love it. The seed was made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. 

This luxurious tomato is named for Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the elegant, renowned and charismatic operatic singer, law school graduate, champion athlete, film star, stage actor and boundlessly brave champion of civil and personal rights throughout the world. This marvelous plant will give you its perfect 3" - 4" fruit in only 65 days from planting. Incredible; a symphony. I do believe this is the finest tomato in existence.   

Take a look!:   http://www.tomatofest.com/video-good-news-from-the-garden-part1.html

 

 

Peacevine Cherry  

Peacevine Cherry ($5.95) 70-75 days. The tiny tomato with the gigantic taste. Developed from Sweet 100 by Alan Kapular of Oregon, the Peacevine currant type tomatoes grow in clusters of 18 to 20 fruits on a big strong plant, and ripen in only 50 to 60 days from plant out. When ripening, these marble-sized tomatoes can range from deep dark red to orange and yellow. The elaborate sparkling flavor of Peacevine literally changes from rich and sweet to tart and tangy and back again as you munch them--the Everlasting Gobstopper of tomatoes.

The Peacevine name was chosen because of the high amino acid content which has a calming effect on the body.  This indeterminate variety had the highest vitamin C content in a cherry tomato among 30 varieties analyzed by Rutgers University.

 

 

 

 

  

Persimmon ($5.95) 80 days.     

Enchanting color and sweet, rich flavor make Persimmon a big favorite of heirloom gardeners. Among the best of the big orange tomatoes Persimmon stands out for its high production of 12 ounce to 2 lb. very meaty sweet tomatoes with very few seeds. Flavors are elaborate, earthy, tropical, juicy with a touch of perfect tang. Silky texture, never mushy, producing lots and lots of tomatoes all season long.

 

 

 

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Pineapple ($5.95) 80 days.    

This big beautiful bi-colored, deep yellow beefsteak has a red blushing and streaks on the outside. It's yellow interior has red marbling and a red starburst in the center. The flavors are tropical, fruity, very sweet. Reaching 2 pounds and producing lots of almost seedless fruits, Pineapple stands alone as a classic in the heirloom tomato world. I get many requests for Pineapple, so here it is for 2015.

 

 

 

 

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Pork Chop  ($5.95) 85 days.    

Introduced by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms in Napa, California (Brad also brought us Berkeley Tie Dye), Pork Chop is a big, 10 to 12 oz. gorgeous, meaty, striped bright yellow beefsteak tomato with fantastic flavors. Very sweet with a citrusy background, it just might be the best tasting true-yellow tomato in existence. Easy to grow in foggy coastal climates.

Luscious, spellbinding, just out of this world. At full ripeness its green stripes turn to a burnished gold and then, boy, are you in for treat.

 

 

 

 
Purple Haze Homegrown ($9.95)        (E) (HG) (H) 70 to 75 days.        

Presenting Purple Haze Homegrown. Our rarest plant. This exquisite deep purple fruit arose from a Purple Haze Hybrid plant growing in our home garden. The fruit was identical but the leaves were potato type. We grew it out and it stabilized for 10 generations (in 5 years). I have named this open-pollinated, potato leafed plant Purple Haze Homegrown. An elegant 2 ounce larger-cherry-type tomato with rapturous flavor, a seductive shape and sensuous color. I lowered the price because seeds are in better supply.

Many growers have tried to grow out this fruit in an attempt to stabilize it and make it open-pollinated.

We will continue to grow and offer this rare plant to our customers and donate part of the proceeds to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism.  www.talkaboutcuringautism.org.

Originally created by Keith Mueller (with stunning success) to improve the flavor of Black Cherry, its name was inspired by its beguiling color and parental lineage which combines Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Black Cherry. Great tasting fruits are sweeter and larger than Black Cherry and Foxy Lady, about 2-3 oz -- golf ball size.  See photograph above.

The flavor, for the lucky few who have eaten one, is lively, sweet and sparkling with a fine tanginess, passionate with earthy nuances and lingering sweetness. Twice the size of its cousin, Foxy Lady, Purple Haze Homegrown does well in high heat and cool temperatures.

Early ripening and growing in abundance on a huge plant in clusters of 5 to 7 fruits, Purple Haze Homegrown ripens in only 70 days from plant out and produces tomatoes right up until frost.

Adding to its extraordinary attributes, it has a very subtle yet seductive saltiness--challenging to describe. Whatever it is, this fruit put a spell on me. 

Exceedingly rare, its ravishing beauty and flavor are unequaled in the tomato world.  This is a rare opportunity for you to enjoy the Purple Haze Homegrown Experience.  A Laurel's exclusive.

NOTE:  A portion of the proceeds from Purple Haze Homegrown will be donated to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, to assist families of autistic children. Donations will be made in the names of a couple of very fine and winsome young fellows, Caleb and Ethan.  www.talkaboutcuringautism.org.

                   Original Purple Haze, in front, with its parent lines.

     Photograph by Keith Mueller, used here with his gracious permission.

 

 

Red Brandywine, see Brandywine Red.

 

 

 

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Red Fig ($5.95)

The Red Fig tomato has been grown in America since the 1700’s.  Big leafy plants produce of 1½”, bright-red teardrop tomatoes that have wonderful, delicious, sweet flavors with a very sweet skin, making this a delightful snacking and salad tomato. Its vibrant sweet flavor has a way of lingering in the mouth and enticing you to try one more, then one more....be sure some of these fruits make it into the house from the garden.

This heirloom tomato was named for a sweet delicacy that was made with this tomato and popular in the mid 1800's. Historically they were sugared, dried and packed away for winter use in substitute of figs.

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato 'Rosalita'A grape-type tomato, 'Rosalita' features clusters of small, sweet-tasting, pinkish-red fruits in abundance. It's an indeterminate grower, and the fruits ripen about 60 days from transplanting (making it a great choice for gardeners in northern areas).  Test Garden Tip: Many heirloom tomatoes are susceptible to cracking open on the vine. Avoid this problem by keeping the soil evenly moist and using an organic slow-release fertilizer.   

Rosalita ($5.95) 60 days.   

You know that certain sunset when the sky is deep pink and it takes your breath away? That's the color of Rosalita. Growing in long sensuous clusters, sweet as honey wine and juicy like a plum, this little sweetie will have you swooning. Its bountiful harvest in only 60 days from plant-out will give you enough to satisfy your tomato heart with some to spare for very special friends. With tiny iridescent sparkles, this is the perfect grape tomato, elongated, luscious, unforgettable.

 

 

 

 

  

San Marzano Redorta ($5.95)    80 days. The best of the Italian sauce tomatoes, this big, luscious high-producing Roma type fruit is named for Pizzo di Redorta, (Redorta Peak) one of the highest peaks in the Bergamo Alps of Lombardy, Northern Italy.

At 8 to 10 ounces-- with reports of up to 16 ounces-- and 4" to 6" long and almost banana shaped, it is a much larger tomato with much better flavor than its cousin, San Marzano. San Marzano Redorta is marvelously rich, extremely productive and good enough to eat fresh, right off the vine.

 

 

 

 

Santiago (Sahn tee AH go) ($5.95) 68 days. (E) (HG)   

 

Look at this beauty! At 8 to 10 ounces, Santiago is big, red, juicy and sweet and yummy. The lightly fluted, deep red, beefsteak fruits produce early, continue to produce all season and grow beautifully in hot and cool weather, and at high elevations, on a big hearty plant. Bound to become a classic choice for the heirloom tomato gardener who grows the very best.

 

Gary Ibsen's friend, Cooper Scollan, found these tomatoes at a farmers market, in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala which lies at the base of 3 volcanoes. The farmer's family had grown Santiago tomatoes for several generations as the only tomato they grew. When you grow it, you'll understand why. It is magnificent. Bearing fruit early in and continuing to bear all season long, this one deserve a special place in your garden.

 

This fabulous Guatemalan tomato comes from the city of Santiago Atitlán (Ah teet LAHN) elevation 5,000 feet, which sits on a bay of Lake Atitlán at the base of three volcanoes: Toliman, Atitlán and San Pedro. The summit of each is from 9,400 to 11,000 feet and the majority of Santiago's residents are indigenous Mayans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White ($5.95) 70 days. F/C     (E)   A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite little white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Luscious. Adds charm, beauty and flavor to your cherry collection. Very prolific, easy to grow in foggy coastal climates.  Pretty as starlight and a top seller.

 

 

 

 

Solar Flare   NEW FOR 2015

Solar Flare ($6.25) 75 days    

Another fabulous variety from Brad Gates who brought us Berkeley Tie Dye and Pork Chop. The 6 to 10 ounce fruits are meaty and heavy in the hand. This reliably high producer offers intensely old-time tomatoey flavors. Luscious, juicy, rich, sweet, and irresistible.
 
The beauty of this tomato will stop you in your tracks. Gorgeous red, marbled with golden streaks.  Good disease resistance and high production will make it a favorite in your garden for years to come.

 

 

 

 

   

Stupice  ($5.95) F/C   (EE)   (Stoo - PEETS ) 52 days.

A great tomato! For me, this is the absolute very best tasting super-early cold-or-hot weather variety and among the first one I plant each season. Big flavor, sweet and luscious. Not a cherry tomato, Stupice is a 3 to 4 oz. red round fruit, bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a handball, the very first to ripen and very high yielding. Produces quickly, heavily, reliably early and continuously throughout the season. Even when fruits are smaller as the season wanes, they maintain their marvelous flavor becoming even sweeter with colder weather. A garden staple.  

 

 

 

 

 

   

Summer Cider ($6.95) 80 days.      (B)  Oh. My. God. Had my first taste of this spectacular 1 to 2 lb. fruit when I bought one at Elser's Country Farm stand at our local farmers' market this summer.  I brought it home, sliced it in half and starting eating. Lost my mind.  This is one of the most incredibly delicious tomatoes I have ever tasted. Refreshing, juicy, fruity, sweet, tangy, sublime. The color of perfectly ripe apricot.  Meaty, full flavored, ambrosial.  Love it. Summer Cider can be potato leafed or regular leafed, producing identical fruits.

A Laurel's exclusive.

 

This photograph of Summer Cider from her summer of 2014 harvest is the property of our customer Dianna Theyssen, used here with her gracious permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Gold ($6.25) F/C       (EE) (H)  50-60 days. 

This is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I've ever tasted, rivaling Isis Candy, and ready to pick in only 50 to 60 days or less. It has the big, rich flavor of a full-size tomato, in a beautiful little deep-golden fruit growing in bountiful clusters on a huge plant. Sweet, rich, so beautiful...just left of center in the photograph at the top of this page. Most of them won't make it into your house from the garden. If you send someone to pick them for you, keep your binoculars trained upon the picker and check for tomato breath.  The tomatoes in the photograph were picked on November 25th with our Los Angeles night temperatures in the 40's, Sun Gold is still going strong.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Sunset's Red Horizon  ($5.95) F/C (B)     (E) 72 days. This outstanding big, red, ambrosial and glorious fruit is the talk of the tomato world this season and being described as the best tasting tomato in existence. Producing like a champ in high heat and cool weather, resistant to frost, it is a splendid producer of big red oxheart shaped, 5" fruits with great old-time intense tomato flavors and a juicy silken texture. Very heavy in the hand, weighing from 10 to about 16 ounces. One of the first varieties to produce, and continue bearing fruit well into November and December in the cooler coastal regions of Washington, Oregon and California, Sunset's Red Horizon will also produce beautifully and reliably in all climates and has proven resistant to frost, blossom end rot and cracking.

 

Introduced to the west by Nik Peplenov who immigrated to the US in 1999 and brought with him his favorite heirloom seeds from the Rostov Don region of Russia, it was named by tomato grower Gary Ibsen in 2003 after Sunset Magazine. Sunset's Red Horizon is a spectacular, all-around champion tomato. The fruit in the photograph was picked in our garden on January 27th, 2007. Photograph by Gary Ibsen.

 

 

 

                             

Super Sioux ($5.95) 70 days.   (E) This delicious round, red 4 to 6 ounce extra heat tolerant variety is an improvement of the Sioux tomato developed in 1944.  Grand flavor, sweet and tangy, rich and complex, along with its ability to continue producing in very hot temperatures have made Super Sioux one of the most reliable hot weather producers in existence.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Baby Girl $5.95) (H)  (SM) (Ch)     (VE) 60 days. This vigorous little hybrid plant from Holland has long clusters of sweet, flavorful dark red 1 oz. cherry tomatoes, producing abundantly on small, compact yet indeterminate plants. Its easy-to-pick fruit is produced all season long. 

Sweet Baby Girl's long shelf-life, marvelous taste and disease resistance have made it a new favorite for fitting into smaller gardens and producing bountiful bunches of fruit right up until first frost in containers and in the garden.

Kids of all ages love it. Right after shooting this photograph of some of the 150 tomatoes we picked on February 8th, my employees and I ate the fruits.

Every single one.

 

 

 

 

 

Todd County Amish  ($5.95)  82 days.    (One of Laurel's new Favorites)  A genuine Amish family heirloom tomato.

 

Last season I had a chat with my old friend Lisa Von Saunder of Amishland Seeds. I asked, "So, Lisa, what's the very best big Amish tomato? The most awesome flavored one -- I mean the one that makes your eyes roll back in your head?"   She said, "Laurel, you have got to try Todd County Amish, it is incredible!" So I did.  Lisa's right. Oh. My. God. We went crazy for them!  Huge, beautiful, luscious, deep pink, 1 to 2 pound slightly fluted beefsteaks on potato leafed plants. Delicious, elaborate, sweet, rich, old time tomatoey flavors. Todd County Amish produces scads of fruit all season right up to frost. Unforgettable.  When you bite into one of these you won't want to share it--but go ahead, it produces huge harvests; there will be enough bounty for everyone. Lisa knows what she's talkin' about when it comes to things Amish.

Photographs courtesy Gary Ibsen and Lisa Von Saunder.

 

 

 

 

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White Queen ($5.95) 75 days.  

This ivory beauty is the closest to pure white you'll find in a tomato. 3" to 4" with an occasional pink blush on the blossom end at ripeness, its outstanding, all-season production of half-pound tomatoes with a bit of ruffling near the stem end and creamy white flesh, have made it a standout in my garden. For the heirloom gardener who wants dazzling beauty in the tomato garden. Growing in clusters of three to five fruits, its sweet, fruity, tropical flavor will beguile you with a fragrance that hints of rosewater.

The original White Queen was released in 1882 by its creator, Alexander W. Livingston. 

Photograph of White Queen in hand, courtesy of our customer, Dianna Theyssen, from her 2014 harvest

 

 

 

 

   Yellow Gooseberry.  See Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry above

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Submarine ($5.95) 70 days. (Ch) (E)

A wonderful little tomato! Similar in appearance to Yellow Pear but with a deep, rich, very sweet flavor and excellent texture, Yellow Submarine is replacing Yellow Pear for many gardeners who long for that beguiling shape and color but with big, scrumptious old-time tomatoey taste. Now the cutest little tomato also has great big flavor!  A Laurel's exclusive. Shown growing in a 25 gallon Tan SmartPot in our garden. Photo by Adrienne Park-Tucker.

 

 

 

 

      NEW FOR 2014

 

Zebra Rita ($5.95) 80 days.     

Another fabulous variety from Tom Wagner. Twice the size of Green Zebra and somewhat sweeter, this heirloom from about 20 years ago was named for Tom's friend Rita DeClercq of Belgium. Hearty plant produces fruits of green and gold striping, about 8 to 12 ounces. Abundant production, this perfect-for-sandwich size tomato is also fabulous in salads and for sauce. A deliciously distinctive tomato -- worth a sunny spot in your garden.

Second photograph from our customer, Dianna Theyssen, from her 2014 harvest

 

 

 

Having trouble deciding?  Ask for Laurel's Choice or choose a Gift Certificate!

 

Laurel will personally select varieties especially suited to your climate and tomato preferences. Just provide some guidelines for flavor, color, size, etc. and let us know your zip code to help determine your perfect planting time. On your shipping day Laurel will choose among the finest plants in our nursery and create a magnificently luscious tomato garden just for you.

 

Gift Certificate information is below.

 

Minimum order for Laurel's Choice is 4 plants. 310 534-8611 

 

 

California Gold Olive Oil Presents:

 

California Gold Olive Oil Company is proud to Present

Laurel's Blend

We are delighted to present our Laurel's Blend Olive Oil blend again for 2015.

The new pressing is complete, the oil is being bottled and will be ready for shipping in March.

Golden, mellow, smooth and buttery with a discreet touch of earthiness to complement your heirloom tomato harvest, this superb quality, award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil was created by our friend and fellow heirloom tomato fan, Kevin Tazelaar, Founder of California Gold Olive Oil Co. in Oakdale, California.

Kevin presented an array of oil blends for Laurel and the Tomato Elves to sample in a blind taste test. They chose a unanimous favorite; Kevin bottled it and named it Laurel's Blend.

We are delighted to present this tasty treat to drizzle lovingly onto your heirloom tomatoes as the harvest comes in.

Each 8 ounce bottle is $10.00. To order, please include with your plant order.

A welcome and delicious gift!

 

More Information here:  Laurel's Blend Olive Oil, My Favorite!  

 

 

 

 

Consultations

Do you need advice about planting tips, soil preparation, trellising, fertilizers, etcetera? We know how important it is to get good advice and we want to be able to continue offering expert advice about choosing plants and gardening tips.

 

For all customers, we are happy to offer consultations of up to 10 minutes at no charge whatsoever when we take your order.

 

If you are simply chatting with Laurel about gardening, life in general, etc., and the time goes over 10 minutes, no charge!

 

Specialized Consultation

 

For a specialized consultation which requires detailed research into your climate conditions and advice in creating a garden in your particular climate, including soil conditioning, the best time to plant, season extenders, landscaping ideas, plant lay-out, detailed variety selection, fertilization techniques, or how to grow for market, etc. our fee is $80.00 per hour.

We do not to on-site consults or landscaping.

 

Gift Certificates

 

     

              

Laurel's Heirloom Tomato Plants offers  personalized and customized gift certificates for all occasions. Our gift certificates are themselves an elegant gift. You may choose certain varieties, or a certain number of plants or a dollar amount for your recipient's certificate.

Laurel will personally create and send a beautiful full-sheet antiqued parchment gift certificate for any occasion: All holidays, Valentines Day, birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, promotion, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, house or garden warming, sympathy, congratulations, remembrance, or just pure tomato love, in the style and wording you choose. 

 

         

      

 

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The Personalized Gift Certificate

Your recipient's Personalized Gift Certificate will feature a full-color array of 12 beautiful heirloom tomato photographs printed on full sheet parchment, along with your personal greeting of any length. $5.75.

The Personalized Gift Certificate with Detailed Descriptions and Photos

If you will be selecting specific varieties for your recipient, Laurel will add additional full sheet parchments printed with detailed descriptions and full color photographs of each tomato you choose. This stunning certificate is a spectacular gift in itself, $10.50.

Each page should accommodate 3 to 5 varieties depending on the length of the description. For more than 3 pages of photographs, additional cost is $2.00 per page.

 

Details

Shipping charges for the plants will be included, so your recipient will be free to relax and choose from more than 100 varieties of heirloom tomato plants and garden products. For customer's choice certificates, plant cost will be averaged at $6.25 each so your recipient, or Laurel if you select Laurel's Choice, can choose from among our more expensive plants. 

You may also select a dollar amount in $10.00 increments beginning at $35.00.

These elegant full sheet certificates add a heartwarming touch to your gift. Your recipient and Laurel will get together and determine the perfect shipping week when the weather is just right for planting in their garden.  

Each certificate is cased back and front with sheets of white paper to prevent peeking, then slipped into a 9" x 11" heavyweight white craft envelope with a 2" by 4" 'To: From:' label already printed with your name and your recipient's name in an elegant cursive font and mailed in an 11" x 13" sturdy white craft envelope and for Christmas Certificates, with a Do Not Open Until Christmas label sealing the envelope.  :)

Laurel will be happy to personally assist your recipients in choosing plants for their climates and preferences when they call to redeem their certificates.  

Price List:

The Personalized Gift Certificate on full sheet Parchment encased and mailed in white craft envelopes, $5.75, plus postage of $4.05.

The Emailed Gift Certificate, $5.75. Designed to be printed by you on white or ivory parchment or vellum or another elegant paper.

The Personalized Gift Certificate on Parchment with Detailed Descriptions and Full Color Photographs of the tomatoes, $12.50. For more than 3 pages of photographs, additional cost is $2.00 per page. Add postage of $5.15.  This can also be emailed at a lower cost.

"Just call or email to tell me what you have in mind. I'll make it for you." ~ Laurel

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Grandma Oliver's Green      Black

 

 OLIVE OIL

For Olive Oil from California Gold Olive Oil Co. ~ Laurel

 

 

California Gold Olive Oil Co.

 

Located in the beautiful Foothills of Oakdale California, this is a small family run operation and 2007 was our first bottling year.

The proprietor’s blend olive oil is made exclusively from handpicked olives from Italian and Spanish varietals; primarily manzanilla, Coratina, and Picual.


Certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council. Please visit their web site for more information on the certification process.

To contact California Gold Olive Oil Co., please call or email Kevin:

    Phone: 209/847-1852

    For Olive Oil, Email:
sales@californiagoldoliveoil.com


 

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Summer Cider, Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry and Chocolate Amazon photographs are the exclusive property of Lisa VonSaunder and are used herein with her gracious permission.  www.amishlandseeds.com  All rights reserved.

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