One of the most fascinating plant families. A large and varied family with attractive flowers. Plants may be edible, poisonous, medicinal, decorative and sometimes all in the same plant! Many are tropical or sub tropical but seem to tolerate our climate well. Some of the friends you will find here are tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potato seed, ground cherries and tomatillos. However, this family also includes potatoes, tobacco, petunias, salpiglossis, datura, goji berry and more! Most of these flowers can be found in the Flowers and Decorative plants section of the catalogue.
The tomatoes here are all listed in alphabetical order as opposed to the way they are organized in the catalogue. Also, we are adding tomatoes to the different categories as we come to know more details about each from researching and growing them so the various sub-categories are a work in progress, not all of our tomatoes are classified according to all these criteria (colour, growth habit, fruit size, usage) yet. Thanks for your patience in the various transitions taking place in our operations (new website medium which calls for a very different layout than the paper catalogue, and transitioning from father-Jim’s logical organization styles to daughter-Rachelle’s who is trying to find a balance between what the best and most useful logic is for us and our customers)!
Mama’s Big Red came to us from Eastern Europeans. This variety produces delicious beefsteak fruits on modest sized plants with a modest yield.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Large Fruited / Beefsteak
Gold Dust tomato has compact and open plants producing a good yield of early beautiful deep yellow/orange, medium sized smooth fruits that are nice and firm.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Early Maturing / Medium Fruited / Orange/Red / Yellow/White
Gold Nugget is an amazingly productive, delightfully tasty yellow cherry tomato producing on compact determinate plants. Breeding work done by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Early Maturing / Cherry/Plum / Yellow/White
Jaune Flamme is an indeterminate tomato variety producing deep orange tasty fruits early and abundantly.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Early Maturing / Medium Fruited / Orange/Red
Hungarian Italian produces a good yield of small dry paste tomatoes that keep well into winter.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Paste / Cherry/Plum / Red
Stupice is a very early potato leaved indeterminate variety, good for short seasons, producing an excellent yield of small to medium sized red fruits over a long period. Originates from Czech Republic.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Early Maturing / Small Fruited / Medium Fruited / Red
Ground cherry produces a heavy yield of small yellowish fruits enclosed in papery husks. At maturity, the husks turn brown and the fruits fall from the plant. In the husk, fruits will keep for weeks. They have a citrus-like fruity flavour and are eaten fresh and in pies and preserves. Aunt Molly’s is an older variety from Poland.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Other Nightshades
Red Belgium is a pepper with fruits slightly smaller than Vinedale (non-bell) and ripening light yellow to red-orange to dark red. It produces a good yield on small plants. This seed comes to us from Sue Robishaw, a gardener and seed saver in Michigan, where she says it is her most reliable pepper in her cool short season.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Peppers
Potatoes only propagate true-to-type if you plant potato tubers. If you grow potato seeds, you may develop your own potato cultivar(s).
We keep a personal collection of a dozen or so potato varieties that we grow every year. In the fall of 2016, when we were harvesting our potato crop, we collected the small green fruits from the four cultivars that produced “seed balls” that year.
As potatoes are close relatives of tomatoes, the seed is treated in much the same way; processing and starting for example. So, start your tomato and potato bedding plants at the same time and plant them both outside when danger of frost is past. In the first year of growth, you will only get egg-sized potato tubers. If these are stored and planted the following spring, you will get full sized tubers.
Our potato collection has cultivars with white, red, and purple skin, and white, yellow, and “blue” deep purple flesh, so you will get a number of combinations of these characteristics in your potatoes.
The four potatoes in this collection are:
Carlton – white skin, white flesh, early, Canadian bred
Red Wagner – red skin, white flesh, mid-season, bred in USA
Desiree – pink skin, yellow flesh, mid-season, European origin
Red Bintje – red skin, yellow flesh, late, from the Netherlands
You will get about two dozen seeds in a packet which will include seeds from all four cultivars. Seed them all to get the largest sample from which to select the plants you like. Jim will also be growing these four potatoes over the next two years so you can compare notes when the time comes!Potatoes
Tequila Sunrise produces golden orange 4” long carrot-shaped tasty peppers on sturdy plants, 12-16” tall by 12” wide. Firm crunchy flesh with sweet flavor when ripe.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Peppers
Green Grape has very dense bushy plants so you must search for the fruit clusters. These unique cherry tomatoes are green with yellow and gold highlights when fully ripe. Flavour is excellent, rich, sweet and zingy.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Cherry/Plum / Yellow/White
Alma gives very early production on determinate plants bearing medium deep yellow mild tasting fruits.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Early Maturing / Medium Fruited / Yellow/White
Casino Chips has indeterminate vines bearing loads of delicious red cherry tomatoes.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Cherry/Plum / Red
Ostravske has compact plants which produce a fairly early heavy yield of medium sized firm round red tomatoes that are easy picking. Probably from the Czech city of Ostrava.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Early Maturing / Medium Fruited / Red
Mortgage Lifter produces large, pinkish beefsteak tomatoes with good flavour on indeterminate plants but not as good a yield for us as the Yellow Mortgage Lifter.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Late Maturing / Large Fruited / Beefsteak / Pink or Purple
Yellow Mortgage Lifter gives an excellent yield of very large, tasty, deep yellow beefsteak tomatoes on indeterminate plants.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Mid-season Maturing / Large Fruited / Beefsteak / Yellow/White
Aunt Ruby’s Yellow Cherry is a tall indeterminate plant with long strings of tasty yellow cherry fruits. Originates from Seed Savers Exchange member Bill Minkey who received the seed from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee in 1992.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Cherry/Plum / Yellow/White
Sri Lankan simply came to us from a customer in Edmonton in a package with writing in a language we could not read. This eggplant variety has compact plants that grow beautiful fairly early fruits about 3-6 inches long striped purple and white.
OUT OF STOCKSolanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Other Nightshades
Another Roger Doucet variety. Small plants with small sized round red fruits.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Canadian / Early Maturing / Small Fruited / Red
Canabec Rouge has medium-size red fruits, round to oval in shape, smooth, beautiful and of nice quality, show no cracking and grow on determinate plants. Another of Doucet’s work.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Canadian / Medium Fruited / Red
Clare’s Tomato came to us without a specific name from Jim’s Aunt Clare. It seems to be similar to something out there called “Mystery Keeper.” An excellent storage tomato, but very different in color. Plants have dense foliage hiding the incredible fruit production of this variety. When finally ripe and cut open, insides are quite red in color, compared to the outside which is often a lighter pink/yellow/cream colour. Keeps for months after harvest, some reporting having kept a few fruits until Easter (note: the photos here were taken beginning January, hence the fruits do not look as fresh as when first picked, but they were still tasty)!Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Late Maturing / Long Keeper / Pink or Purple / Yellow/White
Polish is a prolific huge sausage shaped paste tomato mostly flesh and very few seeds. Plants are vigorous indeterminate vines producing fruits somewhat later but pick abundant production green and allow to ripen indoors.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Indeterminate / Late Maturing / Paste / Large Fruited / Red
Djena Lee’s Golden Girl (1920s) is a large intensely dark golden fruit with a semi-thick skin. Excellent flavour balancing acid to sugar making it sweet yet tangy. We loved the juice from this one!Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Mid-season Maturing / Large Fruited / Yellow/White
Glory of Moldova has wonderfully dark carrot orange coloured medium sized round fruits producing nice clusters on semi-determinate plants. Fruits taste sweet and store well as the flesh is somewhat firm.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Medium Fruited / Orange/Red
Black Sea Man is an excellent early Russian heirloom with, contrary to the other black varieties we offer, small determinate plants and potato leaf foliage. Plants produce a good yield of large delicious brick red/black tomatoes with dark olive green shoulders when mature. Outstanding tomato for sandwiches due to it’s exceedingly pleasant flavour.Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc) / Tomatoes / Determinate / Early Maturing / Large Fruited / Beefsteak / Black or Purple