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Swift

Swift (1961) is the earliest of the prairie bred tomatoes with round fruits a bit larger than a golf ball.

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Price(s): $8.00, $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
Sugawara

Sugawara was bred by James Sugawara, a Japanese immigrant who operated a market garden in Vernon from the late 1920’s until about 1950. He bred his tomato in the late 1930’s. It was one of the local cultivars into which was bred verticillium resistance by Denby & Wooliams (Summerland, BC) in the early 1950’s.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Summerjet

Summerjet (1970) is a selection from Vinered x Summerdawn. It is part of L.G. Denby’s breeding program begun in the early 1950’s in Summerland, BC, to increase verticillium wilt resistance in commercial tomatoes in the Okanagan.

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Price(s): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Victor

Victor (AAS 1941) is a mid-season tomato with compact plants and medium-sized fruits.

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Price(s): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Vineland Bright

Vineland Bright comes from the Horticultural Experimental Station (HES) in Simcoe, Ontario, probably released in the 1960’s. It produces medium to large, slightly pointed red fruits with quite solid flesh.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Rideau

Rideau, which was trialed as Ottawa 28, is a selection from Meteor x Urbana made at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa and named in 1962. The determinate vine gives a heavy yield of medium-sized red fruit and ripens mid-season.

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Price(s): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 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): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Scotia

Scotia was bred at Kentville, NS, and named in 1956. It is a determinate variety producing medium-sized fruit. Very early and adapted to short season cool areas.

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Price(s): $4.00
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): $4.00
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): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Siberian

There has been a fair amount of interest shown in the Siberian tomato. The round, bright red tomatoes are small to medium-sized and are produced on sturdy, upright, bright green plants. This variety is very tolerant of cool growing conditions.

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Price(s): $8.00, $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds, about 100 seeds
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