I’ve been looking for something new to do with all the photos of tomatoes I’ve taken over the past 20 years of business. They are featured on our farmers’ market signs and now you can collect them in this new playful format.
Each card is 2.5 x 3.5″ and I drew inspiration for the design from vintage baseball cards. My intention is to spread the tomato love that we hold so dear and share a bit of tomato lore and information while I’m at it.
I have created an organizational system as follows—
The colors that frame the photos indicate these categories
Teal = Early season — These are varieties with short days to maturity and cold tolerance. They are good to plant earlier in the spring to produce your first tomato as soon as possible and also late in the season to ensure a crop if the cold fall weather arrives early.
Blue = Mid season — These still have pretty short days to maturity so will produce well in most warmer micro climates.
Gold = Late season — These varieties have long days to maturity and need some heat to ripen. Many beefsteak varieties and many heirlooms fall into this category.
Purple = Cherry tomatoes — In general, cherries are early to mid season as the smaller fruit takes a shorter time to ripen. They also can produce a successful harvest with a bit less sun and heat for the same reason.
On the left top corner of the card front I have indicated
OP = Open pollinated variety — This means that if you saved seed from a tomato, the resulting plant would produce fruit very similar to the parent plant. Hybrids are cross pollinated, not open pollinated. Seeds saved from fruits from hybrid plants usually won’t produce similar fruits or ‘come true’.
HE = Heirloom variety — Heirlooms are usually at least 50 years old and are often family varieties that have been handed down from generation to generation. Many were brought to America from ‘the old country’. Commercial heirlooms are old varieties the seed trade abandoned and home gardeners have kept going through seed saving. All heirlooms are open pollinated but not all open pollinated varieties are heirlooms..
And on the right
IND = Indeterminate variety — Truly a vine, these plants continue to grow and produce fruit until the cold weather kills them. Generally they need some kind of support. We have grown them in large containers but they really prefer to be in the ground.
DET = Determinate variety — Also known as ‘bush’ varieties, these plants are better for container growing or small gardens. They reach a certain predetermined height and then stop growing. In the old commercial varieties, most of the fruit is borne over a 4 to 6 week period. Many paste varieties fall into this category.
The back of the card has a write up about the variety and ‘stats’
If you’d like to purchase cards, go to my Etsy Shop.
Series No. 1:
Early season: Bloody Butcher
Mid season: Flamme, Anna Russian & Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye
Late season: Japanese Black Trifele & Ananas Noire
Cherries: Galina’s & Green Doctors Frosted
Series No. 2:
Early season: Siletz
Mid season: Harbinger, Marmande & Nepal
Late season: Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom, Paul Robeson & Cherokee Green
Cherries: Gold Nugget