An American Dream: The Birth of Frost Produce

Anyone who is acquainted with my father knows that he loves gardening.

I mean, really loves gardening.  On clear days, he spends from sunrise to sunset (and sometimes longer) outdoors with his plants.  My mom once told me that Dad views gardening as “communing with God.”  I believe him, as my father’s tomatoes are renowned throughout our little section of Pleasant Grove.  A neighbor, perhaps a Bro.  S. Wadley, told my father last summer that people had started calling him “The Tomato King”.

Upon hearing this, my dad, looking up from his work long enough to acknowledge the man and wipe the sweat from his brow, merely shrugged and said, “Oh.  I had no idea people took notice.”  He gave a little laugh, shook his head and added, “I just like tomatoes.”

Young tomatoes in the greenhouse

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Green Tomatoes

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Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato (Heirloom)

Big, sweet beefsteaks, bursting with a fragrant, complex, spicy-sweetness with a touch of tang. A gorgeous green-when-ripe color, this much sought after variety is a real treat to have in your garden, and is said to be the very best tasting green. Reaching an average of 1 lb, Aunt Ruby’s German Green grows in clusters of 2 or 3.

With its intricate, earthy, unforgettable flavor, this one will broaden your tomato horizons. Very adaptable, and easy to grow with good disease resistance. From Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee who passed away in 1997.  (www.heirloomtomatoplants.com)

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Green Giant

Green Giant (Heirloom)

Large emerald-green fruit are over one pound in weight; they are uniform, very smooth and blemish-free. Color stays pure green even when dead ripe!  Very few seeds; outstanding, complex flavor—sweet and juicy.

80 Days.  Indeterminate

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 Green Zebra (Heirloom)

A delicious, tangy salad tomato, ripe just as the green fruit develops a yellow blush, accentuating the darker green stripes. The 3-4 oz. fruits are the ideal size for slicing into wedges for salads. Productive over a long season.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Cherokee Green

Cherokee Green (Heirloom)

Medium-sized, 8+ oz., green fruits acquire some yellowish-orange color on the blossom end when ripe. Lots of bold, acidic, complex tomato flavor.  ‘Cherokee Green’ is essentially like ‘Cherokee Purple’ in plant habit, fruit shape and size and flavor, but the interior ripens bright green and the skin takes on a yellowish-hue when ripe.

85 Days. Indeterminate.

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Ox-Heart Shaped Tomatoes

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Hungarian Heart (Heirloom)

Brilliant reddish-pink oxheart type fruits are enormous—frequently exceeding one pound! The fruits of this heirloom are firm and meaty like all oxheart types—great for paste, canning or fresh use. The crack-resistant fruits contain very few seeds and show very little tendency to develop cores—just rich tasting, solid flesh across each hefty slice! Heavy production all season long. Originated outside of Budapest, Hungary around 1900.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Orange-Strawberry

Orange Strawberry (Heirloom)
A vigorous, ox-heart variety producing small to medium yields of beautiful, 3-inch, strawberry-shaped (formed to a distinct tip), bright-orange fruits (inside and out). The gorgeous, meaty fruit has a sweet, rich, complex taste unlike most yellow and orange tomatoes.

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Anna Russian

Anna Russian (Heirloom)
An heirloom oxheart variety from Brenda Hillenius, of Oregon, who got from her grandfather, Kenneth Wilcox, who received seeds from a Russian immigrant. An excellent, gorgeous tomato. Early maturing for a heart-shaped tomato, the large, visually beautiful, pink-red fruit normally weighs about 1 pound. Superb rich old-fashioned, “tomatoey” flavors with lots of juice. (tomatofest.com).

70 days.  Indeterminate.

 

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Cherokee Purple Heart

Cherokee Purple Heart (Open Pollinated)

The medium sized (up to twelve ounces) fruits are nearly identical to Cherokee Purple in coloration and flavor except that they are heart-shaped. Very tasty.

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Giant Red Oxheart

Giant Red Ox-heart (Heirloom)

Big indeterminate regular leaf plants produce large amounts of huge, 1-2 lb., 4 to 5-inch, meaty, rose-pink, heart-shaped fruit with thick walls and wonderfully sweet flavors.

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Italian Red Oxheart

Italian Red Ox-heart (Heirloom)

This Ox-heart type Italian heirloom has been a favorite in Italy for many years. Beautiful 12-oz. fruit have a delicious sweet taste; similar to the shape of a heart; great for fresh eating or cooking. Large vigorous vines.

85 Days.  Indeterminate)

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Paste Tomatoes

Amish Paste

Amish Paste (Heirloom)
The Amish Paste heirloom tomato is a plum tomato of Amish origins that is commonly used for cooking, although it’s sweet enough to eat fresh. The Amish Paste tomato is reputed to have originated in the 1870s with the oldest Amish community in Wisconsin. This is one of the larger “paste” varieties of tomato, its fruit growing from 6 to 12 ounces.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Golden Rave

Golden Rave (Hybrid)
Golden Rave Hybrid is a small yellow Roma-type tomato. They combine the meaty flavor of a Roma with the high sugar content of a grape type! Golden Rave tomatoes are very disease-resistant plants that are widely adapted and resist cracking. Harvests have very heavy yields and are great for canning and juicing. Use Golden Rave in sauces, stews, and more — it’s got twice the sugar content of a Roma!

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Monica

Monica (Hybrid)
Monica is an excellent large Roma-type tomato that performs well in Utah. Monica has firm fruit and a vigorous, productive plant. It is a determinate so many of the fruit ripen at the same time. This makes it excellent for canning and salsa.

80 Days.  Determinate.

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San Marzano Rodarte

San Marzano Rodarta (Italian Heirloom) 
The San Marzano Rodarta is one of the most famous heirloom tomatoes from Italy. The history of the San Marzano tomato dates back at least to 1770 when it arrived in the Campania region of Italy as a gift from the Kingdom of Peru to the Kingdom of Naples. Similar in some respects to the Roma tomato, the flesh is thicker with fewer seeds. The flavor is also sweeter and less acidic then the Roma and is preferred by many gourmet chefs for making sauce. In fact, due to their renowned high quality and origins near Naples, San Marzano tomatoes are the only tomatoes that can be used for authentic Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza).

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Black Tomatoes

Black Krim

Black Krim (Ukrainian Heirloom)
Black Krim is a This medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor, originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea with perfect “tomato summers”.   It’s very juicy.

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Paul Robison Tomato

Paul Robeson Tomato (Heirloom)

It is a gorgeous, dark and dusky-hued fruit with intensely sweet earthy taste with a hint of tanginess, a luscious velvety smooth texture, beautiful skin, rich with juice and high production. You will love it. The seed was made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman.  This marvelous plant will give you its 3″ – 4″ fruit.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Paul Robeson (1898-1976), was an elegant, renowned and charismatic operatic singer, law school graduate, champion athlete, film star, stage actor and boundlessly brave champion of civil and personal rights throughout the world.  The Russians loved him and named a tomato after him.

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Black Beauty Tomato

Black Beauty (Open Pollinated)

World’s Darkest Tomato.  A dark, meaty, very rich-fleshed tomato with extreme anthocyanin expression (same antioxidant in blueberries and blackberries). 10-14 ounce size. Very pretty dried with excellent taste.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Lucid Gem

Lucid Gem (Open Pollinated)

This new Brad Gates selection is an absolute masterpiece! Slicing-type fruits are stunning, inside and out! This sister selection to Blue Beauty yields loads of 5-ounce, beefsteak-type fruits, very meaty and containing very few seeds. First they ripen yellow, then more toward orange when very ripe. Incredibly attractive with the black anthocyanin splashes really contrasting with the lighter colored skin.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Black from Tula

Black from Tula (Ukrainian Heirloom)

An old heirloom that originated in the Ukraine many years ago. The 10-12 ounce oblate fruit are dark reddish black with green shoulders and have a very rich taste. The gel capsules inside the tomato are green. One of the best “black” tomatoes available. They add color to salads and make delicious tomato sandwiches. (80 days from transplant).

Three inch 3″ flattish dark brown fruits, green shoulders persist.

80 Days.  Inideterminate.

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Indigo Apple Tomato (Opon Pollinated)

Immature fruits show deep purple, almost black coloration, which is caused by high anthocyanin (an anti-oxidant). The 2- to 4-ounce, cherry-type fruit turn red when ripe, have a good, complex yet sweet tomato flavor. A descendant of the famed OSU Blue Fruit tomato. The pendant clusters of immature black fruit present a striking appearance in the garden! Resists sun-scald and cracking, lasting long into cool autumn weather when others have quit. Shows disease tolerance and great shelf-life. A classic is born!

85 Days  Indeterminate.

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Black Prince (Heirloom)

This is a Siberian tomato is fairly early and one that is more apt to set fruit in cool climates. The small, dark-red, slightly pear-shaped fruits begin maturing a little more than 2 months after planting. Very Productive indeterminate plant.

75 Days  Indeterminate.

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Ananas Noire Tomato

Ananas Noire (Belgian Heirloom)
85 days. This Belgian tomato yields large 1 to 1-1/2 lb tomatoes. Recognized by its striking mix of green and red interior flesh. A real heirloom conversation piece. Served sliced to show it off. Despite its color, the name is French for Black Pineapple.. The skin has shades of green, purple, orange, and yellow. Bright green flesh has bursts of red streaks that will definitely add intrigue to your vegetable platter. The lip smacking flavor starts out sweet and ends with the perfect amount of tang. What’s more, the sprawling indeterminate plant yields a tremendous amount of 1 1/2 pound fruits.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Chocolate Stripes Tomato

Chocolate Stripe (Heirloom)
Very large, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield a plentiful crop of 3-4 inch, mahogany colored with dark, olive green-striping (similar to black zebra).  Fruits have delicious, complex, rich, sweet, earthy tomato flavors. Chocolate Stripe, another desirable ‘black tomato,” is an excellent tomato and a fine choice for your tomato garden. Produces well into the autumn A great sandwich tomato and salad tomato. (tomatofest.com)

78 days.   Indeterminate.

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Yellow Tomatoes

Kelloggs Breakfast

Kellog’s Breakfast (Heirloom)
Kellog’s Breakfast is a beautiful orange beefsteak-type preserved by Darrell Kellogg, a railroad supervisor from Redford, Michigan. Its fruits are very flavorful and superbly sweet! This delicious heirloom originated in West Virginia.

85 Days.  Inideterminate.

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Summer Cider Tomato

Summer Cider (Heirloom)
Summer Cider produces 1-2 pound, apricot-colored fruits late in the season. The flavor is sweet and fruity, and the texture is creamy. Potato-leaf foliage.  Summer Cider was bred by Tom Wagner and introduced in 1998 by K. Sahin in the Netherlands. (dianeseeds.com)

85 days.  Indeterminate.

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Dr. Wyche’s Yellow (Heirloom)

Dr. John Wyche, who at one time owned the Cole Brothers Circus and used the manure of elephants to fertilize his terraced heritage gardens. Lion and tiger droppings were scattered to scare off deer!  The fruits have a tropical fruit flavor and low acid.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Orange Minsk tomato variety.

Orange Minsk (Heirloom)

Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus bought the fruit from a local farmer’s market in Minsk, Belarus in 2006.  These orange beefsteak type tomatoes are huge and are very meaty. Indeterminate.  90 Days.

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Moonglow Tomato

Moonglow (Heirloom)
Moonglow is a regular-leaf tomato plants bear heavy yields of beautiful, 6-8 oz., 2″,  blunt-pointed globes. A brilliant, warm-orange slicer with great flavor.  A real winner and one of the best, round, gold tomatoes. Moon Glow is considered, by many tomato lovers, the tomato with the best texture and flavor of any yellow-gold tomato.  Perfect to spark up tomato salads or to include in culinary creations. (tomatofest.com)

85 days.  Indeterminate,

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Amana Orange Tomato

Amana Orange (Heirloom)
Huge heirloom beefsteak tomato named for the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Big, regular leaf plants that produce above average amounts of beautiful light-orange, irregular shaped (fluted) heirloom tomatoes that can grow to 2 pounds or more, with an average diameter of 5 inches. Excellent sweet, almost tropical fruit flavors. (tomatofest.com)

90 days.  Late season.  Indeterminate.

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Jaune Flamme

Jaune Flamme’ (Hierloom)

Jaune Flamme’ is a prolific French heirloom tomato that bears in clusters of 6, beautiful, 1 1/2-inch, 4 oz., round, golf-ball sized tomatoes that are persimmon-orange colored inside and out.

Heirloom.  80 days from transplant.

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Large Red Tomatoes

Brandywine

Brandywine (heirloom)
The Brandywine tomato plant has large potato-leaved foliage and bears large pink beefsteak-shaped fruit. The plant can get to 9 feet and the fruit can get to 24 oz.
Brandywine has been described as having a “great tomatoey” flavor. Others have called it a beautifully sweet tomato that is offset by a wonderful acidity.

85 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Box Car Willie

Box Car Willie (Heirloom)

This old-timer might become your main crop variety, due to its prolific yields of smooth, reddish-orange fruits averaging a large 10 to 16 oz.! With an old-fashioned flavor you’ll remember from childhood. These high-yielding, multi-use tomatoes will last throughout the season and are ideal for canning, freezing, or for home-cooked meals. Crack-free and disease resistant.              80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Cosmanaut Volkov

Cosmonaut Volkov (Heirloom)

Cosmonaut Volkov is one of the best home garden tomato varieties. Named after a Russian cosmonaut who died in service of his country. A awesome fresh eating beefsteak type heirloom from the Ukraine. It is known for reliably producing tomatoes in cool soil and cool summers. Cosmonaut Volkov produces medium to large 8-12 oz fruits, with true old fashioned tomato flavor, a perfect blend of sweet and tart, with a rich complexity.   80 Days. Indeterminate.

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Better Boy

Better Boy (Hybrid)
The Better Boy variety of tomato has been in existence for more than 50 years and is a Guinness record holder for amount of fruit produced from a single plant (342 pounds). The fruit grows from an indeterminate plant and is about 12 ounces, typically ripening in 72 days. Due to the high yield of tomatoes, it is recommended that Better Boy varieties be sturdily staked in the garden.
One person writes, “Better Boy was definitely an improvement – held up better in the hot summer, more consistent crop (for Big boy, had extremes of large and small, Better boy had large and medium sized tomatoes). I noticed that Better Boy had less of a core than Big Boy.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Big Beef  (Hybrid)
This is an All-American Selection Award-winning tomato.  Extra-large, mostly blemish-free fruit and extra high yields. Big Beef matures within 73 days of transplant and has high resistance to many major diseases that affect tomatoes. Plants are healthy, vigorous, and indeterminate, and they need to be staked.

80 Days.  Indeterminate.

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Celebrity (VFFNT) (Hybrid)
Celebrity Tomatoes are a 1984 All-America Selections (AAS) award winner.
The variety established a new standard in tomato hybrids: multiple disease-resistance. Celebrity’s got more disease-resistance than any other award-winning tomato. Just look at the list of diseases it’s bred to withstand: tobacco mosaic virus, verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt races 1 and 2, root knot nemotodes, cracking.

75 Days.  Indeterminate.
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Hamson

Hamson (DX 52-12)    (Hybrid)
Dr. Alvin Hamson, developed the DX52-12 tomato, specifically for Utah’s climate for the Campbell Soup company. Great canning tomato.

80 Days.  Determinate.

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