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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)!

Casino Chips

Casino Chips has indeterminate vines bearing loads of delicious red cherry tomatoes.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Charlie’s Red Staker

Red Staker (Charlie’s Red Staker) (1972) was the last tomato worked on by the late Dr. C. Walkof of the Morden, MB, Research Station.

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

Cheesemanii is a species tomato with quite small orange-red oval fruits arranged in loose fan-like racemes on indeterminate plants. From the Galapagos Islands.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Clare’s Tomato

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!

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Djena Lee’s Golden Girl

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!

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

Double Rich is similar to Moneymaker with slightly smaller plants and fruits with green shoulders that ripen lighter than the rest of the fruit. Fruits are said to have twice the vitamin C of most tomatoes.

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

Dwarf Champion, along with German Dwarf, has compact plants which could be grown in 12”-15” pots. The plants are very vigorous with sturdy upright stems and dark green leaves. Plants are 1’-2’ tall and remain upright without staking until they are heavy with fruit when they lean somewhat. The leaf cover is so dense that most of the fruits are not visible, even when they are ripe. Dwarf Champion has pinkish red fruits. There is mention of “stakeless” or “tree” tomato varieties in the mid- to late 1800’s in both France and the USA.

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

Earlibright (1980) and Earlirouge (1977), also from Smithfield, have compact plants and give a good yield of round, red, medium-sized fruits, ripening quite early. Earlibright is the earlier of the two but Earlirouge has the larger fruits.

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

Earlirouge (1977) and Earlirouge (1980), also from Smithfield, have compact plants and give a good yield of round, red medium-sized fruits, ripening quite early. Earlibright is the earlier of the two but Earlirouge has the larger fruits.

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

Early Alberta has its origins in Fruno’s Early Alberta which came from a cross Golden Bison X Bounty, made by Mr. Fruno in Edmonton in 1941. Dr. R.J. Hilton of the Department of Horticulture at the University of Alberta did a number of years of selection and released the result in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. It has fairly small sprawling plants, is quite early and produces medium to large smooth red fruits.

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

Early Chatham (1943) is a mid-season variety with 2” fruit that was bred in Michigan by Dr. Yeager.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Early High Crimson

Early High Crimson produces fairly early, full-sized somewhat flattened red fruits, and is probably a selection of High Crimson.

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

Early Lethbridge VR was released from the Agriculture Canada Experimental Farm in Lethbridge in 1953, with the verticillium resistance (VR) added shortly after by the work of Denby & Woolliams in Summerland, BC. This is a fairly early cultivar with medium-sized fruits, round to slightly pointed.

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

Early Rutgers is an early selection of Rutgers (New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station, 1934). It produces medium to large, intense red fruits on semi-determinate plants. At one time most of the processing tomatoes in the USA were Rutgers. The strain we are offering was selected by Ernie Kerr at the Horticultural Experimental Station in Simcoe, Ontario.

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

Elberta Girl has somewhat sprawling plants with fuzzy silver foliage. The plum-shaped fruits are red with yellow stripes.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Fargo Yellow Pear

Fargo Yellow Pear (1932) ripens early mid-season, giving an incredibly heavy yield on determinate plants. The large cherry sized fruits range from pear shaped to oval.

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

Fir Tree has beautiful carrot like leaves and compact plants that produce a good yield of medium-sized, fairly early red/orange fruits.

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

Firesteel is an early large smooth globular shaped tomato producing a heavy yield on vigorous determinate plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Forme de Coeur

Forme de Coeur came to us from a Quebec collector. It produces a good yield of somewhat late large smooth heart-shaped fruits on fairly small determinate plants. They are a good cooking/processing solid fleshed tomato and are quite good keepers.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Gardener’s Delight

Gardener’s Delight is a staking cherry tomato that produces long branches of fruits with a delightfully sweet flavour.

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

German Dwarf, along with Dwarf Champion, has compact plants which could be grown in 12”-15” pots. The plants are very vigorous with sturdy upright stems and dark green leaves. Plants are 1’-2’ tall and remain upright without staking until they are heavy with fruit when they lean somewhat. The leaf cover is so dense that most of the fruits are not visible, even when they are ripe. The red fruits are 1 1/2” – 2” and round to slightly flattened, maturity is mid-season and yield is good. There is mention of “stakeless” or “tree” tomato varieties in the mid- to late 1800’s in both France and the USA.

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

Ghost Cherry has vigorous indeterminate vines with silvery grey-green leaves. The large cherry fruits are white to light yellow and almost square with soft hairy skin.

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

Glacier is an early cold tolerant variety originating in Sweden.

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

Globonnie was bred in Ottawa, a selection from Livingstone Globe x Bonny Best, named in 1935. The plants are indeterminate and vigorous. The fruits are medium-sized, round, red, and mid-season in maturity.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Glory of Moldova

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.

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