Best in the Mid-Atlantic: Amish Paste and Brandywine Tomatoes

Choose a mix of hybrids and heirlooms, such as Amish Paste and Brandywine tomatoes, in the Mid-Atlantic region.
By Barbara Pleasant
February/March 2010

Heirloom varieties such as Amish Paste and Brandywine tomatoes do well in their home base, the Mid-Atlantic region.
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The mid-Atlantic is the home territory of two top heirlooms — ‘Amish Paste’ and ‘Brandywine’ tomatoes — that are well-represented in these gardens. Adding a cherry tomato and an ‘Early Girl’ makes it easier to wait for later-maturing varieties. A balance of hybrids and heirlooms gives you earliness, disease resistance and great flavor. Further diversify by setting out some plants early and others later. That way, you will have vigorous young plants in late summer, when pest and disease pressure can become severe.


Slicer Tomatoes

1. ‘Brandywine’
2. ‘Early Girl’
3. ‘Better Boy’

Also: ‘Big Boy,’ ‘Beefsteak’

Cherry Tomatoes

1. ‘Super Sweet 100’
2. ‘Sungold’
3. ‘Sweet Million’

Also: ‘Black Cherry,’ ‘Riesenstraube’

Paste/Canning

1. ‘Roma’
2. ‘Amish Paste’
3. ‘San Marzano’

Also: ‘Opalka,’ ‘Polish Linguisa’

Really Big Ones

1. ‘Beefsteak’
2. ‘Brandywine’
3. ‘Big Boy’

Also: ‘Mortgage Lifter,’ ‘Better Boy’

Saladette/Pear

1. ‘Yellow Pear’
2. ‘Juliet’
3. ‘Roma’

Also: ‘Cupid,’ ‘Principe Borghese’

Non-reds

1. ‘Cherokee Purple’
2. ‘Black Krim’
3. ‘Lemon Boy’


Neighborly Advice

“Setting out plants several weeks apart gives me a longer tomato growing season.”

Nancy Letzo
Levittown, Pennsylvania

“I use seaweed spray several times early in the season. This develops bigger leaves, promotes overall growth and provides some disease protection.”

Mike Jurek
Oak Ridge, New Jersey

“Preventing problems is a nonstop job. We rotate, grow cover crops, keep the garden free of weeds and debris, and companion plant with aromatic herbs and flowers to attract beneficial insects.”

Liz Alakszay
West Chester, Pennsylvania 


Read The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live to find top varieties for other U.S. gardening regions.


Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .








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