Small Fruited Varieties
These plants produce fruits from ½" to 2". These little fruits can be red, black, orange, pink, purple, green, yellow, ivory, white or bicolor and in varying shapes: round, pear, grape, ping pong, pea-sized and plum-shaped.
Amy's Sugar Gem ($5.50)
65 days. This huge, sprawling plant produces heavy clusters of golf ball sized, incredibly delicious, deep red ambrosial fruit with tiny golden jewel-like sparkles within the red skin. Very sweet! It was one of my absolute favorite tomatoes at TomatoFest in September--just knocked me out. Candy-on-the-vine, not to be missed.
Developed by Jeff McCormack, it is a cross of Red Cherry and Tappy's Finest. Named for Amy Boor Hereford whose Grandma Tappy introduced Jeff to heirloom tomatoes more than 20 years ago.
Black Cherry ($5.50) F/C (Ch) (VE) 65 days. A perfectly round cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet rich, smoky and complex. Fruit picks easily from the stem and is produced in abundance on vigorous, tall plants. These cherries are irresistibly delicious: look like a black cherry, taste like a sweet cherry-- a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes for your garden, along with Sun Gold, Green Grape, Snow White, Gardener's Delight and Reisentraube and our other cherries, it makes an arresting display for any table. Just outstanding. These guys got eaten moments after the photograph was taken. :)
Blondkopfchen ( Blond- kopf-chen) ($5.50) 75 days. Easily the finest tasting cherry tomato in existence, the name of this marvelous German heirloom cutie means 'Little Blond Head or Little Blond Girl. The big leafy plant produces thousands of 1/2 " grape-size sparkling yellow-gold cherry tomatoes in phenomenal clusters of 30 fruits per bunch! Delightfully sweet with a citrusy finish, this is the one to try with children who don't think they like tomatoes. As Gary says, " Just put one in your mouth and try to keep from smiling!" No cracking, with great disease resistance, this little sweetie grows anywhere and produces right up until frost.
New for 2012!
($5.95) (E) (HG) (70 to 75 days). This rapturous little cousin of Purple Haze is the newest addition to our heirloom tomato selection. My seeds for this exquisite 1” deep purple cherry tomato come from Dana Ferrin of Seattle, who grew out the Original Purple Haze for four generations to see if it would grow true-to-variety. He sent me some seeds to grow out and to our delight, the resulting fifth generation fruit is a half-sized, full flavored, sweet and sassy little 1 oz. cousin to Purple Haze which I’ve named Foxy Lady. The flavor, very much like Purple Haze, is energizing, elaborate and dazzling with a sweet, seductive background and earthy nuance with lingering flavors. I was mesmerized by the flavors of these cute little heartbreakers.
Early ripening and growing in mass abundance on big plants in clusters of 5 to 7 fruits, Foxy Lady ripens in only 70-72 days from plant out. Unlike the regular-leafed Purple Haze, Foxy Lady has some of the biggest potato type leaves I’ve ever seen, t
hey'll make you wanna get up and scream...and just like the Original Purple Haze, which is also available for 2012, Foxy Lady has a muted, subtle saltiness along with a tiny touch of tang to balance its big full-bodied sugar. G
ot to be all mine, all mine….
Dana has donated the seeds so we can grow and offer this very rare plant to our customers and donate part of the proceeds to TACA, Talk About Curing Autism. www.talkaboutcuringautism.org. Supply is limited, please order early. A Laurel's exclusive.
Thank you, Dana!
Gardener's Delight (AKA Sugar Lump)($5.95) (VE) (SM) (Ch)
65 days. You'll get an amazingly heavy production of precious sparkling-red 1" cherry tomatoes, which are loaded with sugary sweet tomato flavor. A special treat for tomato fans of all ages for eating right from the vine or in salads if they ever make it into the house. Gardener's Delight is also called 'Sugar Lump' for a very good reason.
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry ($5.50) 75 days.
This very old variety from the 1860's is a brilliant 1" to 2 " larger-than-average yellow cherry tomato with big sweet flavors that explode in your mouth with an elegant irresistible pop! Just try to get more than a handful into the house after picking them fresh and warm from the summer sunshine. A rare treat. Huge harvests! Incredibly prolific. Probably the best tasting yellow cherry and you will have enough to give them away by the basketful.
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry photograph courtesy of my good friend Lisa Von Saunder of Amishland Heirloom Seeds www.amishlandseeds.com in Pennsylvania.
Hawaiian Currant ($5.50) (Ch) 80 days. This magnificent miniature morsel of a tomato amazed me and the other tasters at TomatoFest in September of 2003. Festival guests were going back for more, causing a traffic jam in the joyous meandering line of tomato fans. It grows in abundant grape-like clusters, each cluster holding onto its little red pea-sized fruits, until all are perfectly ripe. Be sure to pick the entire cluster as you would with grapes, rather than trying to get these teeny little guys off one at a time.
The flavor of Hawaiian Currant is unbelievably deep, rich, sweet, and lingering on the palette, a tiny terrific dream of a
Isis Candy ($5.50) (Ch) (VE) 60 days. These precious little 1½" morsels of red and gold garden candy have a dazzling starburst pattern on the blossom end when ripe. Sweet and fruity, Isis Candy has become a top 10 winner at tomato tastings, rivaling Sun Gold's flavor as a best-of-show cherry. Crack-resistant, a spectacular top seller.
NEW FOR 2013Lollipop ($5.95) Okay, get ready for some delicious fun! From Gary Ibsen at Tomatofest.com, "This big, bushy plant with wispy foliage yields huge amounts of 1¼ inch, almost translucent, creamy, yellow cherry tomatoes in clusters of 6-10, which hang on the plants like lollipops and have unique, fruity-sweet, lemony flavors unlike other cherry tomatoes. Produces fruit continuously, even under high temps. This is an excellent cherry tomato suitable for farmer's markets. Also great as a salad tomato, a snacking tomato or for adding to your culinary creations. Another winner for your garden!"
Peacevine Cherry ($5.50)
F/C 70-75 days. The tiny tomato with the gigantic taste. Developed from Sweet 100 by Alan Kapular of Oregon, the Peacevine currant type tomatoes grow in clusters of 18 to 20 fruits on a big, strong, vining plant with vines that can reach 15 feet, and ripen in only 50 to 60 days from plant out.
When ripening, these marble-sized tomatoes can range from deep dark red to orange and yellow. The elaborate sparkling flavor of Peacevine literally changes from rich and sweet to tart and tangy and back again as you munch them--the Everlasting Gobstopper of tomatoes.
The Peacevine name was chosen because of the high amino acid content which has a calming effect on the body. This indeterminate variety had the highest vitamin C content in a cherry tomato among 30 varieties analyzed by Rutgers University.
SOLD OUT FOR 2013
Snow White ($5.50) 70 days.
(E) A gourmet's delight. I can't say enough about this exquisite little white cherry tomato which ripens from white to ivory to palest yellow with a bright, rich and sweet juicy flavor. Luscious. Very prolific, easy to grow, pretty as starlight and a top seller. F/C
Sprite Grape ($5.50) 60 days.
NEW FOR 2013
This little cutie is one of the best tasting, highest producing grape tomatoes you'll ever find, and if you love grape tomatoes but have limited space, this little plant is the one for you!
Thin skinned and luscious, Sprite stays small and is ideal for your container garden. Perfect for 10 to 15 gallon containers and produces scads of bright red little packets of perfection in only 60 days, or less, from plant out. Like cool coastal areas, hot climates and everywhere else, too!
(EE) (H) 55 days. This is the one of the best cherry tomatoes I've ever tasted, rivaling Isis Candy, and ready to pick in only 55-60 days. It has the big, rich flavor of a full-size tomato, in a beautiful little deep-golden fruit growing in bountiful clusters on a huge plant. Sweet, rich, so beautiful...just left of center in top photo. Most of them won't make it into your house from the garden. If you send someone to pick them for you, keep your binoculars trained upon the picker.
Sweet Baby Girl ($5.50) (H) (SM) (Ch) (VE) 60 days. This vigorous little hybrid plant from Holland has long clusters of sweet, flavorful dark red 1 oz. cherry tomatoes, producing abundantly on small, compact yet indeterminate plants. Its easy-to-pick fruit is produced all season long.
Sweet Baby Girl's long shelf-life, marvelous taste and disease resistance have made it a new favorite for fitting into smaller gardens and producing bountiful bunches of fruit right up until first frost in containers and in the garden. Kids of all ages love it. Right after shooting this photograph of some of the 150 we picked on February 8th, my employees and I ate the fruits. Every single one.
SOLD OUT FOR 2013
Yellow Submarine ($5.50) 70 days. (Ch) (E) My new favorite! Similar in appearance to Yellow Pear but with a deep, rich flavor and excellent texture, Yellow Submarine is replacing Yellow Pear for many gardeners who long for this beguiling shape and color but with big yummy tomatoey taste. Now the cutest little tomato also has great big flavor!
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