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Solanaceae/Nightshades (Tomatoes, Peppers, etc)


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)!

Acquinas

Acquinas is a large elongated tomato that was grown by Sister Acquinas OSU at the Bruno Convent.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Adda

Adda has large smooth beefsteak fruits, late mid-season in maturity. It appears to come from Dr. Graham’s tomato breeding program at the University of Guelph but we would like to know more about it. It has some resistance to late blight as the green fruits picked mid-September actually ripened rather than succumbed to late blight.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Alacrity

About 1900 W. J. Macoun at the Dominion Experimental Farm in Ottawa started making selections from Sparks’ Earliana, mainly for early maturity and heavy yield. This selection was carried on for about 10 years and resulted in Alacrity, the first tomato cultivar named in Canada. It produces medium to large red fruits and is mid-season in maturity.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Alma

Alma gives very early production on determinate plants bearing medium deep yellow mild tasting fruits.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Alpha

Alpha is similar to Polar Baby but the plants are larger and much heavier producers.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Atom

Atom has small plants and is an early, productive, small fruited, bland tasting, light red tomato from the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Aunt Ruby’s Yellow Cherry

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Bellestar

Bellestar (1981) is an early paste tomato and has good flavour eaten fresh as well. The fruits are oval, almost “square”.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Krim

Black Krim has oval mid-sized fruits.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Plum

Black Plum gives a heavy yield of small oval fruits on indeterminate plants. It is a paste tomato type so is dry, and keeps fairly well.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Russian

The best variety of our “black” tomatoes is Black Russian, which gives a heavy yield of large flattened well-shaped fruits. Unfortunately it is somewhat late but the flavour is wonderful.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Sea Man

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Blanche du Quebec

Blanche du Quebec has compact upright plants with rugose leaves. The round to slightly flattened fruits ripen mid-season to a very pale yellow.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Bonny Best

Bonny Best is an indeterminate variety with medium-sized round red good-flavoured fruit. Known as a good canning variety.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Bounty

Bounty (North Dakota Agricultural Experimental Station, Fargo, 1941) is a main crop tomato producing medium to large red fruits on determinate plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Brandywine

Brandywine (1885) is an indeterminate heirloom variety, which has a widespread reputation of being the best tasting tomato grown.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Break O’ Day

Break O’ Day is a heavy yielder of scarlet red, globe-shaped fruits with a tangy old-fashioned tomato flavour. It was introduced in the USA in 1931, a cross between Marglobe and Marvana.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Brookpact

Brookpact (1970’s) has medium sized fruits with very compact plants.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
Cabot

Cabot (1975) is a selection from a Scotia cross. Determinate plants are productive and early under cool growing conditions.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Camdown

Camdown has semi-determinate plants producing medium round red tomatoes.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Camp Joy

Camp Joy is an indeterminate beautiful light green coloured plant producing loads of cherry tomatoes and bred by Alan Chadwick.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Canabec Rose

In the 1960’s and ’70’s Roger Doucet led a tomato breeding program in Quebec which tried to breed varieties that tolerated cool nights in spring. Canabec Rose has pink (or at least light red) medium-sized fruits. The plants are large and maturity is mid season.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Canabec Rouge

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Canabec Super

In the 1960’s and ’70’s Roger Doucet led a tomato breeding program in Quebec which tried to breed varieties that tolerated cool nights in spring. Canabec Super (1975) produces smooth round fruits of an intense red colour on medium-size determinate plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Canada Northstar

Canada Northstar is in the Canadian gene bank collection but we have no idea what its origins are. It produces round to slightly oval, red fruits, 1” – 1 1/2” in diameter. The fruit has two locules (seed cavities), thick walls, and good flavour.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
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