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 50º at night and 70º 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.
Anna Russian ($6.75) (VE)
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)
I've been waiting a long time for this one so to me this is tomato heaven.
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.
I am blown away by
this yellow heart-shaped tomato.
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!
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.
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Campari ($6.95) 65 days