Early Ripening Tomatoes

These varieties have an average ripening time of less than 70 days, many from only 50 to 68 days from plant out to mature fruit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tomatoes are a hot weather crop.

To get ripe tomatoes early from these varieties, you must be growing them in ideal tomato-growing temperatures of above 50 at night and 70 or above in the daytime.

Cooler weather will delay ripening for about 3 weeks.

 

 

  

Amy's Sugar Gem ($6.75)   (VE) 65 days.

 

This huge, sprawling plant produces heavy clusters of golf ball sized, incredibly delicious, deep red ambrosial fruit with 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.

 

 

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Anna Russian ($6.75)    (VE) 65 days. 

 

This was the very first heirloom tomato I ever tasted.

 

Many years ago my mom brought me some perfect heart-shaped Anna Russians from her garden. I swooned. From 8 to 16 ounces, the fruits she brought had grown in beautiful clusters of 2 or 3.

 

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.

Anna Russian seeds came 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.

 

This 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 bear heavily during hot and cool weather. I wouldn't be without it.

 

 

 

Anna Banana Russian ($6.95)    (VE) 65 days.

 

I've been waiting a long time for this one so to me this is tomato heaven. I am blown away by this yellow heart-shaped tomato. I've told anyone who'll listen that Anna Russian was the first heirloom tomato I ever tasted -- and ultimately the reason I'm in this business.

 

To be able to offer this spectacular accidental cross with its dazzling lemon yellow skin and flesh is beyond thrilling for me. And it is sweet sweet sweet with just a little tang in the background and grows on wispy vines just like the original red Anna Russian.

 

Reaching 8 to 12 ounces and producing abundantly in all climates, this lady is a radiant winner. 

 

This variety was grown out and stabilized by Michael Walker of Ellensburg Washington.  Yay, Michael!

 

 

 

 

  Top Seller

Black Cherry ($6.75) (Ch) (VE) 65 days.

 

A perfectly round cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet, yet rich, smoky and complex. Delicious little gems are easy to pick and are produced in abundance on tall, vigorous plants.

 

These cherries are irresistibly delicious, tasty like sweet cherries and a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes in your garden, along with Sungold, Snow White, Purple Bumblebee and Gardener's Delight, Black Cherry makes a beautiful, yummy, fast disappearing display for your table. 

 

 

 

  Ripe in 58 days!

Bloody Butcher ($6.75) (EE)   58-60 days.

 

 This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. The 2-4 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. 

 

 

NEW FOR 2021!

Campari plants, available for the first time anywhere!

Campari ($6.95) 65 days    

The legendary Campari is one of the greatest flavored tomatoes ever grown. This de-hybridized version of the original Campari hybrid has the same outstanding flavor, high productivity and bright red color as the hybrid.

Meaty and juicy, Campari is a delight in your salads, sandwiches and for sauce and canning. The 2" inch brilliant red fruits on a compact plant grow in clusters of 9 to 13 perfect tomatoes.

Featured prominently in a 2002 episode of The Sopranos, customers have asked us for it over and over. Seeds were not available then, but now that it is open-pollinated (a 'new' heirloom), we have the plants for you!

 

 

 

   

Delicious! High production.

A Laurel's TOP PICK!

 

Dirty Girl  ($6.75)      (E) Only 65 days.

 

I am crazy about the name of this incredibly delicious, high producing, open-pollinated version of Early Girl! 

 

It was de-hybridized by Joe Schirmer, owner of Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz California. An organic grower, Joe spent the last 7 years growing out Early Girl into an open-pollinated version of Early Girl -- what we call a 'new' heirloom.

 

Dirty Girl produces in only 60 to 65 days, giving you huge harvests of perfect, yummy, 3 to 4 ounce salad size, red tomatoes with all the great qualities of Early Girl -- high production, early ripening and strong plants, with some added attractions for gardeners-- an far richer flavor and a bonus; you can save seeds!

 

Joe named it 'Dirty Girl' after his wife with whom he created Dirty Girl Farm. Yay Joe! 

 

If you've got a wife, mother, daughter, girlfriend or girl pal who spends a lot of time in the garden, this is the tomato for her. My customers love buying this one as a gift for their Dirty Girl Gardeners!

 

Surprise your Dirty Girl!  Go see!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Restoration Seeds.

(Dwarf) Tasmanian Chocolate ($6.75)     (E)  65 days 

 

Big tomato, little plant. Tasmanian Chocolate is a beautiful variety that produces huge tomatoes on very compact plants. Large, beefsteak style fruits can grow to almost a pound and ripen to a deep chocolate-red. What really makes it unique is the dwarf growing habit, with small plants only growing to 2-3 feet, but still loaded with fruits! Great for small spaces and containers.

 

 

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Dragon's Eye ($6.75) 70 days.      

 

Gorgeous, fruity, juicy and sweet, Dragons' Eye tomatoes average about 3 to 5 ounces, grow in incredible delicious bountiful clusters. Perfect for fresh eating and roasting--make the best salsa, too! Beautiful pink-rose fruits have green streaking that turns gold at full ripeness.  They appear shimmery and luminescent as they ripen on the vine --inside , the flesh is deep dark red.  A real workhorse of a tomato, huge production!  This strong plant does beautifully in containers.

 

 

 

Gardener's Delight, also known as Sugar Lump. ($6.75) 60 days (VE)      

 

This old German variety is probably the sweetest and most prolific of all the old-time cherry tomatoes.

 

With classic cherry growth habit and old-time rich sweet flavors, 'Sugar Lump' is disease resistant, early ripening and really prolific -- the perfect cherry tomato.

 

Thin skinned and really productive, in clusters of 7 to 9 fruits on a strong plant, it's great for containers and the main garden bed.

 

Very early to ripen, you will harvest hundreds of scrumptious tomatoes from your Gardener's Delight plant. Plenty to share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Laurel's Favorite.  Yes, it's ripe!

Green Giant ($6.75) (E) (B)      60-70 days.

 

On a flavor scale of 1 to 100, Green Giant is a resounding 100 + Incredible. Unforgettable.  The flavor can be described as rich, intoxicating and intense.

 

Occasionally a tomato comes along which deserves very special attention. This big, up to 2 lb., green when ripe tomato resoundingly stole the show in 4 different tomato tastings.

 

We had the immense pleasure of tasting it at 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 since discovering Brown Derby in 2007.

 

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.  

 

Don't have a big garden space but want to get the fabulous flavor and big size of Green Giant?  See 'Lime Green Salad'.

 

NOTE:  How to tell if a green tomato is ripe and not just an unripe fruit?  Close your eyes and feel it; if it's soft, it's ripe.

 

 

 

 

 

Jaune Flamme  ($6.75)  (E) 70 days.

 

Very prolific and stunningly beautiful, Flamme 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, the fruits of Flamme seem to glow on the vine against the deep green foliage. Just marvelous.

 

 

 

 

   Laurel's new favorite!

Jutland ($6.75)    (E) 70 days. (Pronounced Jut-land or Yoot-lahn)

 

This is my new 'go to' variety for the best dang tomato for BLT's and any fresh eating. A perfect 3 to 5 ounce, thin-skinned, plum shaped, brilliant red tomato, some smooth, some with a pointed tip and the most sublime flavor we've found in a tomato this season. I keep saying " Where have you been all my life?"

 

It appears in several different shapes on the same plant -- some very elongated, some short and plump, and, as with many tomatoes of this shape, the foliage is rather wispy.

 

Sliced into 'coins' it is my new favorite for salads, sandwiches and cooking. True story.

 

Juicy, sweet, tangy, delicious, thin tender skin and old-fashioned tomato flavor make Jutland a must-grow for the most dedicated and adventuresome heirloom tomato fans.


 

 

  New for 2021!

Moby's Cherry $6.95 (Dwarf Plant) 65 -70 days.    

We were so blown away by the incredibly high production of Moby's Cherry! It's big for a cherry, some are saladette size!

Growing in sparkling clusters of 10 to 13 gleaming bright yellow luscious fruits.  As they ripened and we tasted them we knew we had a big winner for 2021.

A large cherry tomato with incredible flavor-- and a small 4 ft easily manageable plant with excellent disease resistance as seems to be the case with all of our favorite dwarf varieties.

 

SWEET!

 

Momotaro  ($9.95) (H) (VE)     62 days.

 

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.

 

(The seeds are among the most expensive among the hybrid varieties.)

 

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. Created quite a ruckus.

 

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.

 

 

 

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Northern Lights ($6.75)    (VE) 60 days. 

 

An absolutely striking tomato.

 

This big, heavy 4-5", 10 oz. gorgeous yellow-orange beefsteak, with a red blush on the blossom end and spectacular red patterning in the center, is reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, for which it is named.

 

The flavor is sweet, intense, 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. 

 

 

 

    

Paul Robeson  ($6.75) (VE)  (HG)       65-70 days.

 

This is my all-time favorite tomato and our top seller for 20 years. The finest tomato in existence.

 

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. 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.

 

 

 

  New for 2021!

Sneaky Sauce ($6.95) (Dwarf Plant)     65-75 days.

Here is our first offering of a delightful sauce tomato that grows in several shapes on a very sturdy 3 ft. shrubby plant. 

These yummy tomatoes grow in different shapes and sizes: plum, heart and sort of a blocky-plum shape everywhere from from 3 to 6 ounces. Lots of choices on a fabulous shrubby plant!

Producing lots of tomatoes early in the season, the flavor of Sneaky Sauce a delight and the texture is meaty and rich. 

Its balance of sweetness to acid is perfect for this new sauce tomato.

 

 

 

Snow White ($6.75) 70 days. F/C     (E)  

 

A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite 1" white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Firm but not hard, with thin skin. Keeps well on the vine and on your counter.

 

Luscious. Adds charm, beauty and flavor to your cherry collection.

 

Very prolific, easy to grow even in foggy coastal climates.  Pretty as starlight and a top seller. (An improvement of 'Snow White'.)

 

 

 

   

Stupice ($6.75)   (EE)  

 

(Stoo-PEETS) 52 days. A fabulous tomato!

 

For me, this is the absolute very best tasting super-early cold-or-hot weather variety and among the first I plant each season. Huge flavor, sweet and luscious. 

 

Not a cherry tomato, it's a bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a handball, a 3 to 4 oz. red round fruit which we call a saladette. First to ripen and very high yielding. Produces quickly, heavily, reliably early and continuously throughout the season. Even when fruits are a bit smaller as the season wanes, they maintain their marvelous flavor becoming even sweeter with colder weather. A garden staple.  

 

 

 

 

Sun Gold ($6.75)     (EE) (H) 55 days. This is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I've ever tasted, rivaling Isis Candy, and ready to pick in only 55-60 days. 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 top photo. 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. 

 

 

Sunrise Bumblebee ($6.75)     65 days.

What can I say?  I've never seen anything prettier in the cherry tomato world. This a very special cherry tomato, an astounding artisan variety. Please put this plant into your garden -- but remember -- it will make you way too popular. Sunrise Bumblebee is plump and bountiful, crammed full of old- time sweet-honey, juicy, pop-in-your-mouth tomato flavors and just as cute as it can be. This is the tomato you would steal from your neighbors in the middle of the night. But don't. Just leave an empty bowl at their door with note....they will understand.

 

 

  TOP SELLER

Velvet Night  (Dwarf Plant) ($6.95) 65 days.

 

This deep purple, rather large cherry tomato grows in great abundance on a small dwarf plant. If you have a limited garden space and crave a really sweet, rich flavored cherry tomato, this is the one for you!

 

Very high production of 1 to 2 oz. cherry tomatoes with huge flavors that will keep your tomato tastebuds really happy all season long -- and you'll have enough to share with loved ones.

 

This tomato was selected out and named by Susan Oliverson of the Dwarf Tomato Project.

 

 

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