America's Best Tomatoes

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  1. What are your favorite tomato varieties, and why?
  2. In your region, are there certain varieties or types of tomatoes (cherry, paste, slicer, etc.) that are more dependable than others?  Is so, please describe them.
  3. Are there specific tomato growing techniques that gardeners in your region should know about?
  4. Please include your name, city and state.

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’Sungold’ cherry tomatoes have an outstanding rich, sweet flavor.
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Mary_70
9/25/2007 8:46:37 PM
Fresh, truly ripe, homegrown tomatoes are one of my passions, a unique flavor experience. I live on Orcas Island, in the San Juans of Washington State. With the cool Puget Sound breezes and short summers, our growing season is not kind to tomatoes. Without a greenhouse, I've found I have the best success with the very-short-season varieties. Even then, I start them indoors, extra early. I like the plants to be as large and strong as possible, to set out just after Mother's Day. Here are a few of my favorites: STUPICE - The earliest I've had luck with at about 65 days. Developed in the Czech Republic, it does well in our similar climate. It is a smallish, slightly oblong tomato that's great in salads. SANTIAM - Ripens about a week behind Stupice, around 70 days. From the fertile valleys in Oregon, it's another 2-3" tomato that's sweeter than you'd expect for one this early. SILETZ - At 70-75 days, sometimes I have to ripen the last of them on the windowsill. These are big, beefsteak size tomatoes that are almost seedless. Wonderful to cook with. JOLLY ELF - 60 days. A hybrid grape tomato, this one yields handfuls of fruit that's great for kids. Bite size and firm, these little gems are sweet as candy. You can find all these varieties in the Territorial Seed catalog. (Probably in your local garden center, too, but being an Islander, I do most of my shopping online!)   Comment From Roberta Having lived in Maine for 30+ years my selections focus on varieties that ripen early with heavy fruit set and are resistant to Early Blight. The paste tomatoes listed are the varieties that stand out year after year in the FEDCO Seeds paste/sauce taste trials where varieties are peeled and stewed with a bit of garlic and olive oil. We look at 12-15 varieties per tasting. Of these varieties the following are my personal favorites. Orange Banana is a prolific golden orange 3 inch long paste tomato with





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