All week I’ve been waiting for last Sunday’s SF Chronicle’s Home & Garden article we were featured in to be posted on SFGate. It was called ‘Tomatoes for your Terroir’ and covered four areas of the Bay Area. We were covered for the East Bay. Writer Sophia Markoulakis did a smashing job. We were very happy with it. Some folks showed up on Sunday at the Temescal market waving copies. It was fun to be stars for a day . . .
This morning I looked at SF Gate and there was a very short intro and then it said ‘To continue reading this story, you will need to be a digital subscriber to SFChronicle.com.’ I guess we should be flattered but I’m just disappointed not to be able to share it with those of you who don’t subscribe.
Kassenhoff Growers was featured for the East Bay. We highlighted Bloody Butcher, Cosmonaut Volkov, Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom, Martino’s Roma, Costoluto Genovese, and Green Doctor’s Frosted. We have many of these varieties and the varieties recommended by our collegues below. Some are available this weekend and we will have the rest as the weeks progress. Let us know if you want us to save you some . . .
Brad Gates from Wild Boar Farms covered the North Bay. If you shop at Grand Lake Farmers’ Market you will see him in the summer selling the most beautiful striped tomatoes. We are selling these varieties he has bred and recommends: Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye, Beauty King, Haley’s Purple Comet and Black & Brown Boar. (BTW just heard he’ll be there this week with lilacs!)
Pam Peirce, author of ‘Golden Gate Gardening’ covered San Francisco and the coast. Her favorites that we are growing are Defiant, Stupice and Juliet.
Cynthia Sandburg, owner of Love Apple Farms was chosen for the South Bay. One of her proven winners was Early Girl. This is our last year of selling this standard. Monsanto has bought the company that produces this hybrid and we will run out of our pre-Monsanto seed this year. If you love it, have a last fling this spring!