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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)!

Gold Dust

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.

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

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.

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

Gold Rush is a large yellow traditional shaped paste tomato. Plants have sparse foliage making fruits easy to see. Fruits detach readily when ripe.

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

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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Grightmire’s Pride

Grightmire’s Pride is mid-size between Oxheart and Redskin, and considerably earlier than Oxheart but seems to be lower yielding.

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

Harrow (1951) was bred by Agriculture Canada at Harrow, ON. The large determinate plants give a good yield of medium-sized fruits that are resistant to cracking.

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

Herald (1926), also from Ottawa, is a selection from Alacrity x Hipper. The somewhat flattened red fruits are 2” – 3” in diameter and mature a week or so earlier than Alacrity.

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

Hungarian Italian produces a good yield of small dry paste tomatoes that keep well into winter.

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

Ida Gold is an early producer of 1” yellow-orange fruits on a compact vine.

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

Indigo Rose is an indeterminate mid-season fairly large cherry tomato just released by Jim Myers at Oregon State University. The unripe fruit has a dark purple skin wherever it is exposed to sunlight, and the ripe fruit is purple-red. It claims to be the darkest tomato in existence and very high in anthocyanins.

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

Isis Candy Cherry has very sweet fruits, red marbled with yellow on indeterminate plants.

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

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. Itabec has Precocibec as one its parents. It produces a heavy yield of medium-large fruits and is fairly early.

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

Jaune Flamme is an indeterminate tomato variety producing deep orange tasty fruits early and abundantly.

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

Kanatto is a selection from a wild Filipino tomato tomato with intense crimson colour which was made by Professor T. Graham of OAC, Guelph, ON. It is a late, large, indeterminate cultivar. It produced a heavy crop of large, well-shaped fruits. Using the high crimson gene from Kanatto, Professor Graham developed High Crimson (1963).

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

Keystone (1978) comes from George Luther’s tomato breeding program at the University of Manitoba. It produces a good yield of red fruits and is quite early.

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

Kimberley is an early, fairly tall, sprawling determinate tomato with potato leaves. Fruits are about 1” and yield is moderate. It is a selection made in the early 1950’s by John de Roque of Kimberley, BC from an accidental Siberia x Tiny Tim.

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

Large Red was one of the first commercial tomato cultivars offered in the USA. The Shakers were selling it through their catalogue around 1830 and by the 1860’s it was the most commonly grown tomato in the country. The round, red, medium to large fruits are borne on compact, fairly upright plants, and mature late mid-season.

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

A very early large cherry producing a good continuous yield on very small plants with sparse foliage.

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

Legend (2000) is the most recent release from Dr. Baggett. It is quite early, large-fruited, with many early fruits seedless, and has some resistance to late blight.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Little Yellow Pot Tomato

Little Yellow Pot Tomato is a very compact upright variety which produces yellow cherry tomatoes.

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

Mac Pink (1973) was bred by Chong, Bible, and Gyapay at Macdonald College of McGill University. Pink tomatoes are popular in Quebec but the varieties available at that time were all rather late. Mac Pink is an early determinate variety with quite large open plants. The medium-sized pink/red fruits are round and smooth and the yield is good.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Mama’s Big Red

Mama’s Big Red came to us from Eastern Europeans. This variety produces delicious beefsteak fruits on modest sized plants with a modest yield.

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

Manitoba (1956), along with Prairie Pride, is one of the latest and largest fruited of the prairie bred tomatoes.

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

Marmande is a European solid-fleshed tomato, good for eating fresh or for making sauce or paste. The fruits are flat and the yield is good.

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

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. Maskabec, from Precocibec X Canabec, is quite early with good cold setting ability. The medium-sized fruits are very red and show little tendency to crack.

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