Our 2017 Tomato Shortlist
Spring is in the air… and you know what that means! It’s tomato time! First consumed by the Aztecs, people have found countless ways to prepare this succulent fruit. However, just as there are thousands upon thousands of tomato recipes to whip up, there are also thousands upon thousands of tomato varieties to sink your teeth into! Take a peek at Strange’s 2017 tomato shortlist (all of which we carry)! Keep in mind these are only some highlights – this is not an exhaustive list of our stock.
Slicers & Beefsteak
Thick, meaty, juicy tomatoes that are best eaten fresh on sandwiches, salads, or just sliced with some salt and pepper. The “classic” tomatoes.
An improved hybrid, this huge red beefsteak produces large, meaty, classic beefsteak-type tomatoes on vines until frost. Fruit is tolerant of cracking. Big, fat slices that are great for sandwiches. Flavor is mild and sweet. Grow it in a tall cage or tie to a stake for support.
A popular high-yielding slicer that is resistant to sun scald and many plant diseases. This tough plant is highly adaptable and thrives in most climates.
This All-American Selections winner produces firm, juicy, flavorful fruits with high yields in many regions. This extra large 10-12 oz fruit is definitely a classic tomato.
Its highly productive, vigorous classic red fruits make this a popular variety among gardeners. Aromatic and flavorful.
One of the most popular and flavorful heirlooms. This variety produces low-acid lobed fruit with thin pinkish red skin. Best if staked, caged, or trellised.
This plant produces a heavy crop of aromatic meaty tomatoes very early in the season and continues producing for a longer period than most varieties.
Originally from West Virginia, this plant produces large, meaty, nearly seedless mild fruit. Disease resistant, and good for hot, humid, areas. A popular variety for slicing and canning.
This fruit has eye-catching color and wonderful flavor that adds interest to the garden. It is sweet, smooth, and slightly tangy with a classic meaty texture. A unique slicer with a tall growing habit that requires caging or staking.
An old tomato variety that produces high yields of uniform globe-shaped fruit. Highly resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilts and great for canning.
Mountain Fresh Plus
Most widely-grown market tomato on the east coast and Midwest. Vigorous plants are disease and pest resistant and are able to tolerate cool and wet conditions.
A Strange’s staff favorite! Big juicy, meaty fruits mature early and continue to produce through to first frost. Disease resistant, high yielding, and vigorous these are great plants for the novice gardener and seasoned horticulturists alike.
Heavy yields of gorgeous pink fruits that continue through until first frost. Highly disease and crack resistant and low in acid.
This legendary New Jersey heirloom is versatile with great flavor for both cooking and eating fresh from the vine. Resistant to fusarium.
Strong disease tolerance and a heavy yield. Smooth-skinned and solid with a classic beefsteak meaty consistency, this variety produces up until first frost. Grows best caged or staked.
Super-sized 2 lb fruit with a classic meaty texture and beefsteak flavor.
This heirloom is another Strange’s staff favorite and you won’t find anything like this at the supermarket! These large, lush, deep purple fruits have a super rich and unique flavor that simply can’t be beat.
Sweet and mild heirloom with a high sugar content and a striking yellow and pink striped appearance.
Heirloom that produces massive 2.5-4 lb fruit and consistently wins taste tests. The gardener that developed this variety of tomato in the 1930’s is said to have paid off his entire mortgage with this impressive tomato crop.
Sugary, sweet, and bite-sized.
Looks like a plum tomato but packs the sugary sweet flavor of a cherry tomato. Big vines produce one of the most crack-resistant tomatoes around.
Very productive with a sweet full flavor. This classic cherry tomato is great in salads and eaten fresh from the vine for a healthy snack!
A favorite among Strange’s staff! The sweet-tart flavor is incredible and low in acid. The beautiful golden-orange fruits grow in large clusters. The flavor develops early, so this little tomato is great for snacking a week before full maturity. So good you can eat it like candy!
Incredibly sweet cherry tomatoes grow in long pendulous clusters. Great for growing along stakes, fences, and in hanging baskets. Produces fruit all the way until first frost.
Extremely old heirloom that vigorously produces bite-sized, yellow tangy fruit. This tomato is low in acidity and its unconventional color and shape adds interest to culinary dishes.
Space Savers , Pastes & Plums
Great choices for container gardens and versatile in the kitchen.
All-purpose All-American Selections winner with heavy yields and incredibly flavor. A disease and crack resistant variety that works well in containers.
La Roma III
One of the best Italian style tomatoes in terms of vigor and uniformity. Disease resistant and productive. Great for canning, sauces, and pastes.
Strong, compact plants that only grow about 2 ft. tall. Perfect for containers or gardens with limited space. Staking isn’t necessary, but certainly can’t hurt. Disease resistant.