Heirloom Tomato SEEDLINGS

Garddwest is a local organic urban gardening company focused on edible and beneficial plants. Garddwest’s organic heirloom tomato and vegetable seedlings are grown from open-pollinated and hand-selected seeds, using professional horticultural methods with a homegrown touch.  All of this year’s seedlings will be grown in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

GARDDWEST SEEDLINGS
Order Form, April 2019

Please send completed order form to: garddwest@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: SEEDLING AVAILABILITY CHANGES REGULARLY, PRE-ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Rainbow Heirloom Mix *Cherry

red: Thumbelina
orange: Ida Gold
yellow: Gold Rush
yellow: Yellow Pear
green: Green Doctors
blue: OSU Blue
purple: Black Cherry

Rainbow Heirloom Mix *All Sizes

Black Cherry
Black Prince
Cuore Di Bue
Green Zebra
Green Doctors
Market A
Market B
OSU Blue
Yellow Garden Peach
Yellow Pear

Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes

*Yellow tomatoes are low-acid and easier to digest.

Yellow Garden Peach – Medium Slicer

The first time I encountered Yellow Garden Peach tomatoes, I was so confused!  Midsummer, sitting alongside piles of fruit at a Farmers Market were these fuzzy yellow peach-looking… fruits? …apricots? ……….tomatoes!?  Yes, these medium, yellow-blush, fuzzy tomatoes do indeed resemble peaches!  This cultivar is productive, disease-resistant, hardy and tolerant of wet cold summers, but their soft skins don’t keep well.  Due to the colour, these particular tomatoes are rich in iron and vitamin B5, and have a sweet, mild flavour.  Medium sized, juicy fruits are suitable for slicing and eating fresh.
90 days / indeterminate

Yellow Perfection, Medium Slicer

Early, yellow, medium sized round slicer.  This early, flavourful gem makes a great salad tomato.  Sweet, juicy and low in acidity, but thin skinned, so best when picked straight from the garden for slicing or eating fresh.  Highly productive plants, these English heirlooms are tolerant of short or wet summers, producing early, until frost.
70 days / indeterminate

Ida Gold, Two-Bite Size

A beautiful, sunset golden, small round slicer.  These are one of my favourite small tomatoes, incredibly delicious when picked warm from the sun for fresh, salads, slicing or pizza.  Sturdy, low-growing plants are very early to mature, and produce a heavy flush of well-keeping fruits.  Ideal for short seasons, or early markets.  Well suited to containers.
60 days / determinate

Yellow Pear, Bite Size

These fun, lemon yellow, pear-shaped tomatoes grow in prolific clusters, dependably through hot summer weather and endlessly into cooler autumn nights.  With a sweet, mellow flavour they make a great fresh garden snack or were traditionally made into preserves. Very productive plants can get tall and lanky, need staking and suckering.  Moderately resistant to disease.
80 days / indeterminate

Gold Rush, Micro Bite Size

A perfect introduction to backyard farming, these teeny tiny tomatoes are a bite of sunshine on a warm summer day. Micro tomatoes are even smaller than cherry tomatoes, think currants or blueberries, but don’t let the fruit size fool you… the plants themselves are vigorous producers and while happy in containers can easily take over a small garden. The prolific fruit can be labour intensive to pick, but the sweet-tangy pop is well worth it.
75 days / indeterminate

PRE-PLANTED MICRO TOMATO GARDEN
SMALL ONLY (3 PLANTS / CONTAINER)

Thumbelina – Red Micro
60 days, indeterminate

balanced sweet and tart, very juicy, great for snacking

Gold Rush – Yellow Micro 
75 days, indeterminate
warm sweet flavour, lower in acid, easier to digest

Genovese Basil
4-6 weeks from seed to harvest
shiny, large, dark green leaves, pronounced flavour good for pesto

A perfect introduction to backyard farming, teeny tiny micro tomatoes are a bite of sunshine on a warm summer day. Micro tomatoes are even smaller than cherry tomatoes, think currants or blueberries, but don’t let the fruit size fool you… the plants themselves are vigorous producers and while happy in containers can easily take over a small garden. The prolific fruit can be labour intensive to pick, but the sweet-tangy pop is well worth it. Basil makes a great companion plant, filling in this container garden and deterring pests.

PRE-PLANTED SANDWICH GARDEN
SMALL (3 PLANTS) LARGE (5-8 PLANTS)

Cuore Di Bue – Medium Oxheart

The first tomato I ever saved seeds from was a rich, meaty Italian Oxheart tomato labelled in sharpie ‘Cuore Di Bue’ and grown by my first mentor Teresa for the Thunder Bay Farmers Market. I have been saving and growing these seeds all over Canada since 2005 so their lineage has probably strayed from Teresa’s but they remain a reliably producing medium paste tomato with a sweet flavour and dense texture. Needs staking.
85 days / indeterminate

Market B – Mini Beefsteak

Named for its label in my research journal, as one of many blind trial tomatoes I grew at Niagara College. Starting from Microbeicum Occemus (also known as Santorini Paste Tomato) seeds donated by Michel Lachaume at a growers meeting, it has taken on a life of its own since 2010, crossing happily with many of my other market favourites (including Sudduth’s Brandywine) until I arrived at this foolproof, reliable, production tomato with superb flavour. Mini for a beefsteak, but really a medium slicer in beefsteak shape, with sweet, crinkled, marbled pinky red flesh. Vigorous producers with little cracking, long shelf life, easy separation from calyx, robust flavour and medium size seed cavities.
80 days / indeterminate

Black Prince – Medium Slicer

I have tried many purple/brown tomatoes with mixed success, but I’ve been growing these Black Prince seeds since 2011 with great results. Originating from Siberia, these very productive plants thrive in cool climates and tolerate wetter conditions than many varieties. Equally suitable as a paste and sauce tomato or fresh and sliced, they range from plum to dark garnet and routinely win blind taste tests for their rich, sweet, juicy flavours.
70 days / indeterminate

PRODUCTION TOMATOES

Market A – Red Beefsteak
65 days / determinate

Named for its label in my research journal, as one of many trial tomatoes I grew at Niagara College.  With parents including Stupice (TreeandTwig), Principe Borghese (TreeandTwig), Bush Beefsteak (Reimer), Sub-Arctic Plenty (Baker Creek), it has been trialed and tweaked for 12+ generations, arriving at this foolproof, reliable, production tomato with superb flavour.  This is everything a tomato should be – medium, round and dense with robust flavour, resistant to cracking, easy separation from calyx, can be picked green or red with strong skins and long shelf life under either condition.  The plants themselves are disease-resistant, hardy and tolerant of wet cold summers with fruits ripening very early.

Market B – Mini Beefsteak
80 days / indeterminate

Named for its label in my research journal, as one of many trial tomatoes I grew at Niagara College. Starting from Microbeicum Occemus (also known as Santorini Paste Tomato) seeds donated by Michel Lachaume at a growers meeting, it has taken on a life of its own since 2010, crossing happily with many of my other market favourites (including Sudduth’s Brandywine) until I arrived at this foolproof, reliable, production tomato with superb flavour. Mini for a beefsteak, but really a medium slicer in beefsteak shape, with sweet, crinkled, marbled pinky red flesh. Vigorous producers with little cracking, long shelf life, easy separation from calyx, robust flavour and medium size seed cavities.


Prices:

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
4-PLANT CELL PACKS – $4/pk (3 for $10)
48-PLANT TRAYS – $20/tray (2 for $36)

PRODUCTION TOMATOES
4-PLANT CELL PACKS – $3/pk (3 for $9)
48-PLANT TRAYS – $18/tray  (2 for $30)

OTHER VEGETABLES
10cm POTS – $3 each (4 pots for $10)

PRE-PLANTED CONTAINER GARDENS
SMALL (3 PLANTS) – $5 each (2 for $8)
LARGE (5 – 8 PLANTS) – $10 each (2 for $15)

*WHOLESALE RATES available upon request
please contact katie@garddwest.com