Re: [gardeners] The tomatoes have started rolling in!

Margaret Lauterbach (
Wed, 12 Jul 2000 09:28:39 -0600

At 10:40 PM 7/11/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi, Ron -- I am quite surprised to hear you say that certain tomatoes
>are 'sweet', and others have a 'delightful note of salt'.  I normally
>do grow some "Sweet 100s" which I gobble right off the vine before
>I can bring many inside -- and yes, perhaps I could say that they
>are sweet.
>We have a Master Gardener who starts at least 15 kinds of
>tomato each spring, just for fun. She brings a huge supply with
>her to our annual May plant swap -- whch is probably how I first
>got started with the "Sweet 100s"...
>The commercial tomatoes we get really do not have too much
>flavor. When the local truck farms start producing, especially
>in New Jersey, things should improve.
>We've survived the winter with the rather expensive tomatoes
>on a vine from Holland. And grape tomatoes have become the rage.
>In fact, cherry tomatoes have almost disappeared!  Sad to say, yes,
>I do think the grape tomatoes have more flavor, but I have tired of
>them.  I happen to be growing some cherry ones, courtesy of our
>cousin who had too many seedlings. They are just forming now,
>and it will take a while for them to reach maturity. Just think about
>it:  local corn doesn't come in until perhaps the  2nd week of
>August!  Zone 6 weather doesn't lend itself to a long gardening
>season . . .
>In my mind's eye, I associate tomatoes with Rutgers University,
>in N.J. They must have done a lot of research on the subject, many
>years ago.  Wasn't there actually a tomato called 'Rutgers'..?
>Penny, NY

Still is. It's open pollinated, too. Penny, you have a garden, why aren't 
you growing your own tomatoes? Try different varieties? The Riesentraube 
cherry tomato is wonderful. Big beefsteak flavor in a shish kabob-sized 
'mater. Look for different varieties of seeds at Chuck Wyatt's site:  He grows in the Baltimore area, so your results 
should be similar to his. Mine aren't similar in many cases, but I still 
try different varieties. I'm growing 33 varieties this year (down from 70), 
most of those varieties are old favorites. Just a different garden this 
year.  Margaret L