Best in the North Central and Rockies: Early Girl and Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Early Girl is a popular variety in the North Central and Rockies region, but Yellow Pear tomatoes with their fast maturing fruit are also recommended as a hedge against temperature swings.

| February/March 2010

  • North Central and Rockies - Early Girl and Yellow Pear tomatoes
    Variable summers make quick maturing varieties such as Yellow Pear tomatoes a good match for the North Central and Rockies gardening region.
    ILLUSTRATION: NATE SKOW

  • North Central and Rockies - Early Girl and Yellow Pear tomatoes

Short summers that quickly change from cold to hot and back again call for resilient cherry tomatoes and at least one ‘Early Girl,’ which was often first on the list of many experienced tomato gardeners in this region. Several folks suggested skipping really big tomatoes in favor of smaller-fruited varieties that mature faster, such as ‘Stupice,’ ‘Juliet,' and 'Yellow Pear' tomatoes.


Slicer Tomatoes

1. ‘Beefsteak’
2. ‘Early Girl’
3. ‘Brandywine’

Also: ‘Celebrity,’ ‘Cherokee Purple,’ ‘Better Boy’

Cherry Tomatoes

1. ‘Super Sweet 100’
2. ‘Sungold’
3. ‘Black Cherry’



Also: ‘Gardener’s Delight’

Paste/Canning

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






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