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Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

At Little Falls Farm we are excited to be growing heirloom tomatoes for the first time.

So what is an heirloom tomato? Glad you asked. Is it a plant passed down from my Grandma’s garden? What gives it the special title of heirloom? And why choose an heirloom?

Here is a simple straightforward definition from Jere Gettle, the owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., “Basically, an Heirloom seed is one that has been passed down through families and is usually considered to be over 50 years old.” There’s our definition, but what makes an old seed better than a new one? Actually quite a few things. Heirloom vegetables tend to have diverse colors, better nutrition, delicious flavors, and the bonus of a unique historical connection. What is worse than biting into a grocery store tomato that is mealy and has zero flavor? Locally grown heirloom tomatoes are the answer for flavor and nutrition.

heirloom cherry tomato
The Black Cherry tomato will have a rich flavor.
We owe a huge thanks to our friend Beth and her lovely daughters, who bought seeds from Baker Heirloom Seed Co. and started tomato plants to sell to folks like us. We are very excited about the heirloom tomato plants we purchased from them. Having come from heirloom seeds and being started locally, our plants are healthy and growing strong. They definitely do not resemble the average grocery store tomatoes and we are anticipating some amazing flavors.

bulgarian vorlon tomato
This Hungarian Vorlon is a purple-black tomato with dark flesh and a rich, smoky, organic taste.
We couldn’t wait to show you some of the first fruits on the vine. Already we can see their uniqueness and cannot wait to taste their delicious flavors. The feature picture above with the unique stripes is a Blue Beauty Tomato. We can’t wait to make a BLT with this one!

We are hoping to have enough yield from our heirloom tomatoes this year to share our bounty with you at the Columbia Farmer’s Market. We hope to educate our community about the benefits of locally grown heirloom vegetables. Something else in our garden is an heirloom lemon squash.

Hope to see you at the Farmers Market!
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2 thoughts on “Heirloom Tomatoes”

    • It is the shape, size and color of a lemon, but tastes like squash. It is supposed to have huge yields and the best resistance to insects.

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