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Tomato: Abraham Lincoln

The original 'Abraham Lincoln' was a late-maturing variety introduced about 1923. This early season introduction (circa 1975) ripens 10 to 12 days earlier, has smaller fruit, and does not have the bronze-green foliage characteristic of the original. Flavor is slightly acidic but distinctive. Plants have excellent resistance to foliage disease. The red, medium-sized fruits are uniform and free of defects. Highly recommended where foliage disease is a problem. Resistant to early blight and alternaria stem canker.

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Tomato: Abu Rawan

Another variety contributed to the tomato world by expatriate Iraqi seed collector Nael Aziz. He stated that it is a bit unusual for an Iraqi type, because in Iraq the people tend to favor tart tomatoes, while this one is sweeter. Having solid, all-purpose flesh, it will take the heat, like Iraqi types generally. Named for the onetime caretaker of the greenhouses at the Agricultural College at Al Ghraib. Maintained in cultivation in private gardens there since the 1970's.

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Tomato: Box Car Willie

New Jersey variety by Joe Bratka's father (probably named for Willie Nelson). Slightly flattened, produces 10-16 oz smooth fruits, bright-red, orange-tinged. Excellent tasting tomatoes and very juicy.

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Tomato: Costoluto Genovese

The fluted, old Italian favorite that has been around since the early 19th century. Fruit are rather flattened and quite attractive with their deep ribbing. This variety is a standard in Italy for both fresh eating and preserving; known for its intensely flavorful, deep red flesh. This variety has also became very popular with chefs in this country.

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Tomato: Druzba

Bulgarian heirloom. Introduced in 1995 by SESE. Original seed sent to SESE by Carolyn Male. 'Druzba' is a productive variety with excellent juicy sweet flavor. Fruits are borne 2 to 4 to a cluster, weigh an average of 5 oz. and measure 2" high by 3" wide. Although the fruit walls are tender, they are resistant to fruit diseases, cracking, and blossom end rot. Produces a large percentage of uniform ripening, high quality blemish-free fruit. Well liked at farmer's markets. Resistant to early blight, blossom end rot, cracking, and cat facing. Pkt.

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Tomato: Glacier

'Glacier', unlike other extra-early varieties, produces both an early crop and continues to bear the entire season. Flavor is one of the best we offer, especially for an early variety. Bright red fruits average 1-1/4" in diameter. We have had yields of 3/4 bushel per plant. Very cold tolerant and may survive a light frost.

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Tomato: Hazelfield Farm

A volunteer in a farmer’s field that was performing better than any of the planted tomatoes! Medium-height plants produce 8 oz flattened red tomatoes. Highly productive, a favorite at the Lexington, KY, Farmers Market.

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Tomato: Homestead

Semi-determinate. Developed in the 1950’s for growers in the Florida and the southern states, this tomato is wilt resistant and productive. At one time this was a very popular shipping variety. Firm, tasty flesh.

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Tomato: Moskvich

Semi-determinate, 60 days. Smallish, 4-6 ounce fruits, very uniform, globular and deep red. Produced early and abundantly, the crack-resistant fruits are of outstandingly good flavor, used fresh or for canning and cooking. Performs will in cool to cold conditions, like so many of the Russian types.

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Tomato: Neptune

Developed and released to SESE in 1999 by Dr. J. W. Scott at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at the U. of Florida. An early to mid-season fresh market tomato specially bred for heat tolerance and resistance to bacteria wilt which is prevalent in the Southeast and Florida. Recommended for gardeners and market growers in hot, humid, rainy growing regions where it is difficult to grow tomatoes. 4-oz red fruits in clusters of 2-4 on short vines. (vw, fw1, fw2, bw, gls)

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Tomato: Peron Sprayless

Introduced 1951 by Gleckler's from Argentina. Called "Sprayless" because the vigorous vines needed no treatment. Tasty red tomatoes on disease-resistant vines. Produces a high percentage of uniform, defect free fruits, 3-4" in diameter. Flavor is sweet with some intricacy. Reliable, flavorful, and a garden mainstay.

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Tomato: Porter Improved

Heavy yields in high temperatures and low humidity, large indeterminate plant, 4 oz deep-red globes. Same setting ability as Porter. Excellent keeping quality.

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Tomato: Rutgers

Good for canning; also good fresh; large red 8-oz. globes. Good yields and flavor on large vines. A fine New Jersey heirloom.

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Tomato: San Francisco Fog

Large plant bearing abundant clusters of delicious, red, round fruit the size of golf balls. Bred for the cool west coast, overcast climate. A great red heirloom tomato.

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Tomato: Siberia

This extremely dwarfed, thick-stemmed plant is able to set fruit in very cool weather (reports of 38˚F). The bright red, juicy fruit ranges from 3-7 ounces depending on thinning of its abundant fruit set. Siberia is suitable for containers and extreme climates.

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Tomato: Siletz

Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University. Recommended for early peak yields; setting fruit in cold weather, it is the earliest true slicer in trials. Its full-flavored, large fruit ranges from 10-12 ounces. This variety is resistant to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt 1, and cracking.

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Tomato: Stupice

Stupice is a popular, vigorous plant which yields abundant, early 3 to 6 ounce red fruit. Its good, potato-leaf foliage results in high quality, round, crimson fruit. This Czechoslovakian-bred vine has exceptional flavor and ripens very early.

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Tomato: Tappys Heritage

Beautiful, smooth, large red fruit are globe shaped. Superb for market growers: good disease resistance, great yields, perfect shape and wonderful flavor. This variety was developed by Merlyn and Mary Ann Neidens, long time seed growers in Illinois. Bred from heirloom varieties and has fantastic taste.

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Tomato: Tropic VFN

Developed by the University of Florida, this exceptionally disease-resistant variety has excellent versatility as a garden, greenhouse, or market tomato. The fruit averages 8 to 9 oz., is thick-walled, and tends to sit high on the vine under a protective cover of foliage. The sweet-flavored fruits ripen to red with slight green shoulders. Recommended highly for the Mid-Atlantic, and hot, humid, disease-prone areas, especially where blight is a problem.