Early Ripening Tomatoes
These varieties have an average ripening time of less than 70 days, many from only 50 to 68 days from plant out to mature fruit.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Tomatoes are a hot weather crop.
To get ripe tomatoes early from these varieties, you must be growing them in ideal tomato-growing temperatures of above 50º at night and 70º or above in the daytime.
Planting in cooler weather will delay ripening for about 3 weeks.
Amy's Sugar Gem ($7.95
) (VE) 65 days.
This huge, sprawling plant produces heavy clusters of golf ball sized, incredibly delicious, deep red ambrosial fruit with 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 ($7.95 ) (Ch) (VE) 65 days.
A perfectly round cherry tomato with classic black tomato flavor, sweet, yet rich, smoky and complex. Delicious little gems are easy to pick and are produced in abundance on tall, vigorous plants.
These cherries are irresistibly delicious, tasty like sweet cherries and a unique addition to the color and flavor spectrum of cherry tomatoes in your garden, along with Sungold, Snow White, Purple Bumblebee and Gardener's Delight, Black Cherry makes a beautiful, yummy, fast disappearing display for your table.
Ripe in 58 days!
Bloody Butcher ($7.95) (EE) 58-60 days.
Not a cherry! Full size.
This marvelous early ripening fruit has an unmatched, spectacular deep red hue--juicy with an intense lingering flavor. The 2-4 ounce round red 2" to 3" fruits have a rich silky texture and grow in great abundance on potato leafed vines.
With its bountiful harvest month after month, the strong depth of flavor in Bloody Butcher has made it a favorite among tomato gourmands worldwide.
available for the first time anywhere!
Campari($7.95) 65 days