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Tomatoes


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)!

Melfort

Melfort (1973) has large determinate plants which give a heavy yield of flattened, beefsteak-type fruits. Ripening is early mid-season and mature colour is orange-red.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
Merveille des Marches

Merveille des Marches is an indeterminate variety with large firm fruits with good colour. A commercial variety from France from the 1880’s or earlier.

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

Moira (1972) came from the Smithfield (ON) Experimental Farm where Jack Metcalf was in charge of tomato breeding. The very compact plants give a good yield of round red fruits.

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

Moneymaker is an older greenhouse tomato with medium-sized round to slightly flattened fruits that are red, smooth, and uniform.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Montreal 61

Montreal 61 produces small to medium, round, red, very uniform fruits on a fairly compact plant. Maturity is fairly early. The seed came to us from the USDA who got it from a Mr. Bramhill of Simcoe, ON, in 1956.

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

Morden Yellow (1950) produces a good yield of round to slightly flattened, medium-sized yellow fruits that are somewhat late maturing.

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

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.

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

Nova has the traditional paste tomato shape, with fairly small fruits and a heavy yield.

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

James Baggett has done wonderful breeding work at Oregon State University, especially in tomatoes and peas. We have been growing his Oregon Spring for a number of years and are very happy with it. It is nearly full sized and very early, and the first fruits are seedless.

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

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.

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

Oxheart (1925) produces a heavy yield of very big tomatoes. The plants are very vigorous growers, and can be staked and pruned. A solid fleshed variety producing few seeds.

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

Pembina (1973) was bred at Portage La Prairie, MB. Also a good yielder and fairly early but the fruits are smaller than Keystone.

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

Petitebec is another of Roger Doucet’s tomatoes. It is an incredibly prolific cherry tomato with fairly large determinate plants.

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

In 2006 Jim found one cluster of fruits on one plant of Herald that had lighter coloured fruits. He saved this seed separately and planted a patch in 2007 so now we are offering Pink Herald, the same as the original but with pink fruit and therefore a clear skin.

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

Polar Baby is apparently from Alaska. It is similar in maturity to the Sub-Arctics but has surprisingly large fruit for an early tomato.

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

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.

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

Prairie Pride (1978), along with Manitoba, 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
Precocibec

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. Precocibec (1974) is quite early and produces a good yield of medium sized fruits.

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

Principe Borghese is a small red plum tomato that produces fruit in clusters. This compact variety is traditionally grown in southern Italy where it is used to make sun dried tomatoes.

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

Purple Calabash is a very old variety with flat ruffled fruits, rosy purple in colour. The indeterminate plants are very heavy producers, mid-season in maturity. The fruit is identical to pictures in 16th century herbals.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Quebec #1121

Quebec #1121 (1978) is similar to Nova but with slightly larger fruit.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Quebec #13

Quebec #13 is one of a series of numbered cultivars released by J. O. Vandal in the 1950‘s and 60‘s. It produces medium-large round red fruits on tall plants and is a bit late maturing.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Quebec 200

Quebec 200 was introduced in 1987 and bred by Roger Doucet. An excellent small paste tomato producing a good yield on determinate plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Quebec 2473

Quebec 2473 produces a good crop of large firm oval paste tomatoes which are a light red. It is the first “jointless” tomato I have grown i.e. when the fruit separates from the plant, all of the green part (stem) remains on the plant. The breeding work was done by Roger Doucet in the late 1980’s.

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

Red Currant and Yellow Currant (L. pimpinellifolium) are probably the original tomatoes that grew wild in Latin America. The tall vines are very vigorous and produce hundreds of fruits on long branches. The fruits are very sweet and about half the size of a cherry tomato.

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