I found 4 and then cut back the plants so that I can see better. Person I learned it from used a dedicated blender and handful of whatever bug he wanted gone – then put watered down mess in sprayer and did his garden. If they don’t, I pull them out. ~ karen. I had lots of tomatoes from two plants and they were delish! Email. It travels, man! Light, custardy and flavored with a layer of pesto, this simple, flavorful dish lets juicy heirloom varieties shine. Feeding them inconclusive information. Oh wait…I guess I already do that, but he is much better looking than a hornworm! The flavour of Lillian’s Yellow is much more intense than would be expected from a yellow-fleshed tomato. This year my Aunt Ruby’s German Green was a so-so producer but last year was an insanely HUGE producer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778587, http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenproblems/ig/Insects-and-Diseases-of-Plants/Tomato-Hornworm-with-Predator.htm. Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes With Great Taste. 4 plants and I pick between 80 and 160 per day. Everyone had a different reason for liking one over another. At any rate, here’s my take on tomatoes: homegrown is ALWAYS best; HEIRLOOM homegrown is awesome. If you see a hornworm on a tomato plant, simply remove the worm and some of the plant and put them into a box slightly covered with a screen, away from the garden. You’re absolutely right on the Indigo Rose. Copyright © 2021 The Art of Doing Stuff. The most brilliant stupid thing I’ve ever seen. But heirlooms really do taste better. I have to move. I make this soup with all my extra tomatoes. I “garden” in 5 gallon buckets. Add ¼ to ½ cup bite-sized pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese. Hi Patti – I do everything with my tomatoes, lol. In January. Don’t know where they go, they just leave. Which turned out to be a Super producer this year. I consider it an heirloom, but you’re right there is some controversy over that. Give me an nice Roma type tomato and I will make tomato sauce, salsa, tomato juice. You see, sugars are built up in tomatoes by a multitude of things. Blahdee, blahdee, bloo. I’ve heard of that sort of thing before. I’m going to try Aunt Ruby’s German Green for sure! Amy Goldman has done gardeners an unprecedented service with The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table, an excellent source for comprehensive flavor ratings of 200 heirloom tomato varieties. I have the same disease. I haven’t forgotten. With a flexible spatula, remove strata to. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. but, her misfortune means more tomatoes for me! ~ karen! I did. I went through a very geeky tomato phase a year or two ago and learned a ton of things, so as I foolishly skipped the absolute best tomato growing season ever this year I might as well share some of my forlorn tomato info..While I agree that Green Zebra is yummy, actually, neither Indigo Rose or Green Zebra count as “heirloom” tomatoes. Wow. Now that I read your post (great post, btw) my hopes are dashed. With tomato season just upon us -- and dreams of yellow, red, pink and purple slices on our plates -- we began to wonder what it was that made heirloom tomatoes so much better than the conventional ones you can buy at the grocery store any time of year. Their eyes are just stupid. They are laid by white butterflies. The tomatoes on the dead branches still ripened but they didn’t get any of the benefits of the minerals from the soil or the magic invisible stuff through photosynthesis because the actual stem the tomatoes were on was dead. Every time you take something away you upset the balance of nature just a little. GETTING CLOSER TO PERFECT. I also roast and freeze, give them away and juggle them. In our 109 degree heat, all our tomatoes have given up for the summer. ;) ~ karen! We have tomatoes all year round and two of my plants are 7+ years old and still producing. This year wasn’t a tomato year in my garden. If my suspicion is true, I am here to say that nothing could be further from the truth! Year after year is different but … this year the Indigo Rose produced a TON of tomatoes. But I can’t. Problem is, tomatoes taste better when they ripen on the vine. It’s a drawing of the shape of a Costoluto Genovese because I accidentally ate it. The Pear Red produces plum-shaped tomato fruits which are … Aunt Ruby’s German Green looks like one heck of a sandwich ‘mater! To be honest with you it was a clever way to get rid of a bunch of tomatoes without actually throwing them in the garbage. Home » Garden » Vegetable Gardening » Tomato Taste TestHeirloom VS Heirloom. Water well and surround plant with thick layer of newspaper to keep moisture in soil and lessen weed attacks. There was one at the Lake that liked eating rubber and the coating on wires on boats. We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but if you've never had an heirloom tomato then you've never tasted a real tomato. :) I almost feel better. I love tomatoes, and all of those looks so delicious. had said that she was losing all her tomato plants and they were being eaten fast. Some people liked a really strong tomato flavour, others did not. ~ karen! Heirloom cherry (or baby) tomatoes are especially yummy! My favorite method of eating a perfect heirloom tomato is on a lightly toasted slice of wheat bread with a smear of cream cheese, lots of tomato slices, and freshly ground black pepper on top. re: the tomato horn worm. I totally agree. A lot of people will tell you they can’t tell the difference, but I did a little experiment this year with my super sweet cherry tomatoes. Thanks for twigging me on to Cubits and Edible Antiques! The inside was very dark, also. People are always taken aback by the look of a ripe green tomato and will say they think it tastes a little green when they try it the first time. I feel them, but the one I thought HAD to be ripe, wasn’t – a green green fried tomato that morning :). A Green thumb Gardener favorite that makes it into the garden every year. It offers the rich sweetness and depth of flavor you love in full-size black varieties, but this time, that deliciousness comes in a bite-sized package. While pulsing, add just enough cream to form moist crumbs. It definitely does have a bit more sweetness than a regular tomato, but just a bit. This is true seed saving at work, which preserves their delicious flavor and increases disease resistance. Simmer – Discard the thyme sticks and add the tomato mixture and broth to a soup pot. Also, photosynthesis. For each serving, add 1-teaspoon balsamic or herbed vinegar and 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. They disappear in hours. Pin 44. For each plant, dig a hole, approximately ten inches deep and eight inches wide. Also, it was a bad season for everybody’s tomatoes. I got one at a produce stand three years ago because of it’s interesting appearance, and had to try growing them the next two years. OMGOSH! As long as they ripen one the vine I am happy with the taste. Their flavor justifies the French term for tomato, pomme d’amour – literally translated to “love apple.” The window of time for growing heirloom tomatoes is quite small. We’re in peak tomato season which is exactly the very best time to play with rainbow tomatoes!To find all sorts of heirloom tomato variations, skip the grocery store and head to your local farmers market (or get a … She is currently writing a book about organic gardening and her heirloom seed experiences. I planted Indigo Rose and was reading up on it, it’s not technically an heirloom, having been recently developed by Oregon State University in a program seeking to breed tomatoes with high levels of antioxidants. Duh.). Creamy Heirloom Tomato Soup: http://goboldwithbutter.com/?p=1623. That is the ghastly green tomato worm, I have birds that come every year and hop through my plants and eat the worms when they are small. They make for the perfect summer sandwich: a colorful, juicy slice hanging off the sides of the bread. Pineapple could have been a product of poor soil or … maybe it was too ripe when I served it, but everyone said they just thought it was watery. This year I accidentally broke a few stems on my cherry tomato plant that had tomatoes ripening on it. I already grow the black krim. And I also beg you don’t kill the tomato hornworm. If you don’t want to try growing them, at least try to find one locally grown and taste it. She also loves to create and share dishes that use beautiful chemical-free produce. I battle every squash bug and Japanese Beetle out there. Share 21. In that case ( like when I had a potato bug invasion this year ) things have to be killed. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 1.5-2 hours. More on that in a later post.” Not being a tomato aficionado I was surprised they all taste different, who knew. Heirloom tomato varieties come from previous generations as farmers and gardeners carefully saved seeds from their best plants each year. But heirloom tomatoes offer an intense flavor that put them in a class of their own. The Green Zebra is more of a moderate producer. Discard the woody stem.). My tomatoes, and all of the tomatoes in my area, got blight this year. It’s a little bit like sweet tomato paste, adding depth and complexity, but also a toothsome, luxurious texture. I can’t wait to find out what you’re raising either. Which happens to be my favourite tomato. The window of time for growing heirloom tomatoes is quite small. Heirloom 2–6 oz Standard Indeterminate Regular leaf Common in the UK, used to be the classic breakfast tomato because of the high productivity & taste Azoychka: Yellow 68–78 Heirloom Large Beefsteak Indeterminate Regular leaf Russian Heirloom ripens to pale orange – flavour similar to Limmony Aunt Ruby’s German Green Green 85–95 Heirloom 12–16 oz Beefsteak Indeterminate … So when they’re in season, we preserve every delicious drop in salsas, soups, sauces, and juices. I’ve picked the hornworm! Hated em until I started becoming obsessed with growing them! I have noticed that heirloom cherry tomatoes not as popular as beefsteaks and slicers. This wasn’t what you’d call a scientific journal type research project. Most plants have the potential to be designated heirloom. Oh damn..that has got to suck…poor woman.. Some people liked a sweeter tomato, others did not. Whether you grow heirloom tomatoes or purchase at a local farmers market, take advantage of the summer months to enjoy this seasonal fruit. Anyone who buys, eats, consumes, looks at, even thinks about any tomato other than an heirloom tomato is a vegetable (fruit) idiot who deserves to die of some sort of acute, boring tomato sickness plague. The genetics of the tomato has a lot to do with it, the minerals in your soil and big sciencey words like Volatiles. I know these are ubiquitous, but to me they taste the best. (Note: Hold top end of thyme with one hand and strip leaves by pulling down the stem with your other hand. My store also sells them in plastic clamshell packs. IMHO. Ooooo. I mean, one of my favorites, Berkeley Tie Dye, is beautiful and delicious, but consistently produces only a few tomatoes on a somewhat spindly plant in my garden. It looks like your pineapple. It works like magic. and not having a gun to shoot the darn thing (and if I did I am afraid my aim is so bad I would have shot holes in the boats moored in the water nearby) left me defenseless…. Which was all kinds of weird. When the sauce reaches your desired thickness, season with salt and sugar to taste… Rachel Clun 05:00, Jan 18 2014. . As plants grow, use stakes or wire cages for stability. Researchers at the University of Florida are cultivating tomatoes that taste like sweet, juicy heirloom tomatoes that will be suitable for mass production and supermarket sales. :) ~ karen. How to Make Heirloom Tomato Soup. And they can eat an entire tomato plant in about a day. No tomatoes this year as new house with rubble for a garden….but I have plans for next year….thanks for the taste test Karen!! Green Zebra, however is considered to be a modern heirloom. Add the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and thyme to a dish. This heirloom tomato sauce tastes like summer, even when it's been in the freezer for 6 months. I skimmed through the comments here, so call me lazy, or in tomato mourning. Toasted with mayonnaise. There are many shapes, colors and sizes, and you’ll find the best selection at your local farmer’s market. How do you know when the green tomatoes are ripe??? When the wasps are mature (and they feast on the hornworm–and eat it to death– while maturing) they can go on to do their good deeds in the garden. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAHDEE, BLOO, BLAH. But it doesn’t. And the beauty of your food completely changes how it tastes. Some of our family favorites include: Green Zebra, prized for high salt content; Cream Sausage, an unimpressive white paste tomato that transforms into true tomato taste when processed; Amish Paste, a rock star in salsa and sauces; and tiny Sungolds, which are pure edible sunshine. The first year I got about 5 tomatoes — which was a thrill, considering the location. If that is not a tragedy I do not know what is. I”m sure in a lot of cases it does work! I call vine-ripened tomatoes “real” tomatoes. September 15th, 2014 | By Karen | Garden, Kitchen, Outdoor, Vegetable Gardening | 72 Comments. Taste of Home Heirloom Tomato Tart Here's a delicious way to use the tomato bounty from your garden or the great buys from the local farmers' market. You make me really want to try some new types of tomatoes! Beautiful tomatoes, Karen! Ha! Those are the facts. Blah, blah, blah. You have eaten a tomato sandwich! Wes Shaw, Presidio Social Club, San Francisco, California “My favorite type of heirloom tomato is Cherokee Purple. Heirloom tomatoes are best stored at room temperature (not in the refrigerator) and eaten raw. For a crunch, add a few toasted and chopped walnuts just before serving. Yes, I can them when I grow paste tomatoes for that purpose. The look of it will even change what you perceive the mouth feel to be. We grew these when I was a child (many, many moons ago !) I don’t see Cherokee Purple (80 days) mentioned here. They drop concentrated ground shark stuff in water where there are lots of sharks and they scatter instantly. We get it. It just has a different colour. Their flavor justifies the French term for tomato, pomme d’amour – literally translated to “love apple.”. So I let it be. More on that in a later post. And I knew that, but like an idiot just blobbed it into the heirloom category. Yes you ARE. Full discloser: The Costoluto Genovese tomato below is not a real tomato slice. yippee! I follow the recipe exactly except I add a small can of tomato paste. So when tomatoes are picked early either to save them from frost, or to pack them onto a truck to ship them, they lose the benefits of the ripening with the addition of minerals and photosynthesis. By choice, no less. BTW…Autumn starts 1 week from today ! Pathetic yard for gardening — shallow topsoil and sun only from about 11 a.m. on in high summer. I grew up in an area known for tomatoes, and my uncle next door farmed them. ;( ~ karen. My mom recently found out she is ALLERGIC TO TOMATOES!!!! Heirloom tomatoes taste better than hybrid tomatoes. It is ripe when green, and tastes like the normal red tomato you’re used to. Urrghhhh……………! I was pretty pleased with it. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and the acidity makes it taste just like a tomato should. Heirloom tomatoes, which come in hundreds of varieties, are perfect for the organic garden though. “I have a lot of tomatoes and some sort of freakish need not to waste a single one. I’ll just keep admiring the pretty pictures and your wicked funny writing. Your email address will not be published. For each serving, slice 6 to 8 cherry tomatoes in half and place in large bowl. Blahdee, … Stir or toss until blended. Though quite simply, heirloom tomatoes trump hybrid varieties. There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh homegrown tomato. And variations on it. I love the taste of the orange tomatoes with red stripes. I refer to them as Tomato Snakes…hate the things! Instant face lift tape. H Ann – The reader (sorry forget her name already!) Guess I need to try out that fried green tomato recipe. You need to try making powder ! The other tomato I grow is not an heirloom but I love them….Beefsteak ! Blah, blah, blah. I tried something called the Caspian Pink this year as I was told it was a super great flavored tomato and it truly WAS and a big producer! Really that’s more important than whether a tomato is heirloom or not. The flesh is uniform, meaty, and has almost a creamy texture. Karen, thanks for your blog. The tomatoes that ripened on the healthy stem were as sweet as candy. It’s sweet and a touch sour, but with an umami note that punches up a grilled cheese, avocado toast, or wintertime BLT. we didn’t get a garden in this year but will be ready next year ,i have already started a lasagna garden that will overwinter and hopefully have turn our red clay into nice black wormy dirt…..in the past i have good luck with heirlooms….. cat update went to clean out jar and give “wilbur” a new leaf as he had stayed on the side the whole previous day and i wasn’t sure if he was dead or not … so i put my dried flower stem right next to him and nudged a bit so he would crawl on it so i could put in lid he got the hint i clean those darn tiny black specks out and threw away old leaf and put in new one and placed him on new leaf… a couple of hours later i looked into jar and thought his head had fallen off so i reach in grab stem and nudge him again he just rared up and walked up the leaf a bit without what i thought was his head i guess he shed his skin so now he is growing and eating like a pig i sure wish i knew what i was raising lmao but i am attached abd don’t care what he turns out to be i will set him free xx. Previous / Next. At the Madison, Put ramekins on a baking sheet. If you feel the need to donate tomatoes, I will gladly take them off of your hands. For more of her articles and seasonal recipes, visit seedtales.com and watch her videos on YouTube. The result was astonishing and because of how sweet the tomatoes were supposed to be, DRAMATIC. So I left the branches on the plant and allowed them to wither away and die. he was eating my day lillies, which have recovered nicely – suppose the mass trimming was good for them…. After years of trying to save my tomato plants from those chunky green guys I plant a ‘sacrifice’ tomato plant. My brother-in-law had to trap it and kill it. LOL, Just be careful with the nudging Monkey. I won’t call it a cherry tomato since it is a bit bigger than most cherries but it sure produces like one. 27 Aug. Heirloom tomatoes grow in a University of Florida greenhouse. http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenproblems/ig/Insects-and-Diseases-of-Plants/Tomato-Hornworm-with-Predator.htm, That is absolutely one way to go Cynna! I may get one a year, late usually so that my plants already don’t look that good. ~ karen! It looks beautiful, but the tomato skin was quite sturdy. What’s your experience regarding yield of your “top three”? Add the following: Use hands to work ingredients into garden soil, as if kneading bread dough. I get it. These places are the stewards of some very special items: Doc Watson’s first recording, the desk Virginia Woolf used to redefine the novel, and Elisha Mitchell’s pocket watch are just some of the cherished pieces that teach us about our state’s history and the people who preserve it. 65 Shares. The second year I did the same and got LOTS of tomatoes. There are few things better than a tomato sandwich with homegrown tomatoes! Around these parts most of the heirlooms fail because of disease. Green Zebra was developed fairly recently as well. I’ve eaten only one heirloom tomato – blackish purple but much larger (I think) than your Indigo Rose. If you grow them, pick them when they get soft enough to have just a little “give” when you gently squeeze them. I can’t juggle but I’d have the cleanest floors after mopping up the SPLATS !!!! © Our State Magazine 2021, All rights reserved. I am disappointed the Indigo Rose is red in the middle, it would be much more exciting if it was dark like the outside. I had so many green tomatoes, so I decided to paper bag them with ripening bananas to get the tomatoes to ripen. One- to one-and-one-half-inch fruits grow on rambling five-foot-long indeterminate vines that crave full … Yes, they don’t move for hours and hours at a time when they shed. I’ve pretty much stopped trying to grow others, except the cherry Sun Golds. Then I compared the taste of the tomatoes that ripened on the dead vine to a tomato ripened on a healthy vine. Our local gardening non-profit suggested pulling all of the plants so that the blight didn’t infect the rest of the garden. If you have chickens, pluck those buggers off and feed them to the chickens. I loved my brandywine tomatoes this year and my orange “cherry” tomatoes. Breadcrumb Trail Links. Note: grocery stores usually stack heirloom tomatoes in a separate pile, all mixed together, they don’t separate out the different varieties. The first time I tried heirloom tomatoes was several years ago in France (oh lucky me) and they were AMAZING, but of course they were in season and purchased at a little local market. Maybe. Not an old tomato for sure but developed by the King of Tomatoes, Tom Wagner. Though quite simply, heirloom tomatoes trump hybrid varieties. I’m crazy for ripe-when-green tomatoes! I’ve been scarfing down the ones we get from our CSA box. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. I would surely die if I couldn’t eat tomatoes any longer. Another advantage of the heirlooms is their aesthetics. They have such delicate internal organs that it’s easy to mush them without even realizing. They do something similar with sharks. An heirloom tomato (also called heritage tomato in the UK) is an open-pollinated, non-hybrid heirloom cultivar of tomato. Auntiepatch. Slice them thick for a BLT or a simple Julia Child special—tomato and mayo between bread. Karen, Do you can your Tomatoes ? I learn something new every day. The truth is, any homegrown tomato is going to taste pretty good, and definitely better than a tomato that’s bought in a grocery store. I would think the same practice takes place. Those tomatoes are picked well before they’re ripe and then they’re left to ripen by their own littles selves while travelling along the open highway in a transport truck, smokin’ cigarettes and listening to Kenny Rogers. In recent years, there has been growing interest in home gardening and the myriad of heirloom tomato cultivars available, some with near-mythic reputations for taste (e.g., Brandywine). (It ate the bellows, he had it repaired and put back in the water and then it ate it again! Most of these crops are hybrids, which are a … They make for the perfect summer sandwich: a colorful, juicy slice hanging off the sides of the bread, a smear of Duke’s mayonnaise, and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Order them in: The heirloom tomato salad served with basil panna cotta and roasted yellow peppers. Still have beets, tomatoes and more carrots to can…. Damned auto-correct. Heirloom tomatoes are milder, sweeter, and less acidic than a regular tomato. We’ll be dreaming of them come winter. That’s supposed to say “skimpy” and NOT “slimy”. thanks for sharing…. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Heirloom Tomato, no it isn’t some long life plant passed down from y... our great-great grandmother over generations, however...the seeds actually are and this allows farmers and growers to selectively grow from the best plants the previous season for taste. I love the Indigo Rose, plus we got a great yellow (!?) Note: Throughout the year, save eggshells from free-range, organically raised poultry. I had 6 different people try 6 different tomatoes and rate them from 1-10. You can sample these prized varieties and more at the 6th annual Taste of Heirloom Tomatoes on Sunday, August 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Plum Grove Historical Site, 1030 Carroll St., in Iowa City. Not only is it a beautiful moth when it grows up and is host for a great beneficial as spoken above, it is also usually so solitary that it doesn’t cause all that much damage. It has a natural saltiness to it and a certain “zing”. Having billions of heirloom tomatoes, at least 10 friends and relatives and a need to know which was the BEST tomato I was growing, I organized a little taste test. ), see my problem COULD be worse! Look here, Karen! Hosted by the Johnson County Master Gardeners, the event allows visitors to sample the rich flavors and distinct personalities of a range of heritage tomatoes for a modest $3 admission. The poster child for heirloom-tomato mania, Brandywine is a fickle sort. variety recently as well. Tomato addict here, eat them for breakfast even and snack on them all day, so this is making me drool. I’m disappointed that pineapple came in last…I wasn’t able to get even one plant this year…guess that turned out OK after all!! I’m definitely going to try the Green Zebra next year. It would be a lot harder to taste the dramatic difference on a regular, less sweet tomato, but it does prove there is a definitely a decrease in the quality of a countertop/transport truck ripened tomato and a healthy vine ripened tomato. ~ karen! So I diced all the tomatoes up into bowls and started spoon feeding my friends and relatives. Karen Bertelsen. OMG not smooching – meant smooshing – what a difference one letter makes. Nothing is better than a home grown tomato right off the vine! I never could figure it out. I grew a white tomato one year that turned a paler shade of green when ripe – supposedly. Heirloom tomatoes are superior in every way and could probably cure cancer if given a bunsen burner and a cracked test tube. Commercial crops are different, designed primarily for durability and often created each year. The average grocery customers expect perfectly shaped, unblemished, red tomatoes. Place tomato slices in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. This year by best producer was a salad tomato that came from one of the big box stores as a seedling. However early frost got the whole thing before I could get many off! It’s all a matter of taste ! Here’s my recipe for Italian Roasted Red Peppers…Enjoy ! I found a tomato hornworm earlier this year but it wasn’t anywhere near my tomato so I left it alone. They are awful anytime of the year. I think I’d be with your aunt on that one, lol. As for buying them at the grocery store off-season – no thanks. The most popular tomato varieties continue to be the tomato varieties that offer that big burst of old-fashioned, complex, rich tomato flavors that provide a generous amount of acids to balance the sugars resulting in a tang of tartness. It’s 105 degrees here in San Diego so I’m not spending enough time outside. one neighbor suggested fox urine, which when found I did apply but by then the damage was complete…. Store tomatoes are picked before they are ripe, mostly because ripe tomatoes are too soft to ship or sit in a box/basket well for very long.) All of those tomato colors are pretty..they look especially nice on the old ladder..I would have enjoyed that taste test..Thanks ladies for some good recipes! Place plant deeply, covering roots and most of stem with soil. You can harvest these tomatoes from 75-80 days after transplant. The flavour of Lillian’s Yellow is a bold, full taste with the classic heirloom tomato balance of tartness and rich sweetness. The most successful was the Chadwick Cherry. This is loosely defined as those plants grown by generations of gardeners, whose saved seeds produce plants with consistent traits. Black tomatoes tend to have an earthy, almost smoky sweetness to them, with a bit less acid than red tomatoes. Green Zebra. I am not sure I would want to smooch such a hideous creature with a big horn sticking out! Not a criticism, just a tidbit of info and I think it’s good to know there is cool new stuff happening in the tomato world. Heirloom tomatoes are more spectacular than hybrid tomatoes. Let stand 45 minutes. I think. Those all look awesome and very gravid looking! I planted four heirloom tomatoes this year. I am not sure why, but this may be due to the misconception that cherry tomatoes are for snacking and salads only. Roast – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. ~ karen! Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. :) ~ karen, LOL !!! It is of any indeterminate variety, far from other tomato plants, and when I find a tomato worm I just put him/her there. 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