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WHITE FLOWER FARM STAFF PICKS THEIR FAVORITE TOMATOES
As part of their yearlong tomato celebration, White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com) thought it would be fun to ask their staff about the most popular tomatoes in their own gardens. Would their choices match customers' favorite tomato? Yes! Although the diversity of varieties was surprising, 'Sungold' still came out on top.
Here are some of the interesting staff selections. Photographs available upon request (with proper credit):
- 'Garden Peach', a really unique fuzzy skin and such a great tasting tomato. Susan
- My favorite tomato is 'Orange Strawberry Oxheart'. Not only does it have beautiful coloring, but it is also a great tasting, versatile tomato. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, sauces and roasting.
- 'Carmello' was my favorite tomato. Delicious flavor, and the whole family enjoyed it as our fresh tomato & cucumber salad!
- My family's very favorite tomato out of all the varieties planted in our garden (and we've planted too many to count) is 'Sungold'. The size of a grape tomato, it grows in very abundant clusters, which is a good thing since it is amazingly delicious and we just love the sweet taste. 'Sungold' is perfect for eating straight off the vine, sprinkled in salads or added to pasta primavera at the last minute. And it is a gorgeous orange yellow color, too. If we had to choose just one variety to plant, 'Sungold' would unquestionably be it. It is the best tasting tomato we've ever eaten.
- I did not use 'Principe Borghese' for drying as we suggest, but instead for perfect for bite-sized appetizers stuffed with fresh mozzarella, basil, lemon zest and olive oil. Puts out enough fruit at one time to serve to guests.
- The bright red, marble-size fruits of 'Matt's Wild Cherry' rarely made it into the kitchen because I ate them while working in the garden. Each cluster holds a lot of fruit.
- My favorite is 'Taxi'. Sweet, medium-sized yellow. Great for slicing, sandwiches and salads.
- There are so many that I wouldn't want to miss -- 'Sungold' is at the top of the list, then 'Mortgage Lifter', but the one that stood out this past year was 'Jaune Flamee'. I remember it as the Tomato that I would harvest early in the morning, slice thick and quickly sautee for breakfast in a little olive oil or in a little bacon grease. Served hot with a pinch of salt just before we ate. YUM--I can't wait!
- My favorite is 'Sungold'. I can only plant in containers on my deck. (No other space in my yard gets enough sun.) Loved the abundant crop you get from this tomato, along with the taste of them and how festive they look in a salad. The dog loved being able to eat the ones that fell off before I was able to pick them. He is a tomato lover.
- It's hard to settle on just one! I think my favorite last year would be 'Mortgage Lifter' -- it out-produced my other tomatoes despite the extremely wet weather, and provided big, meaty tomatoes great for slicing onto sandwiches or using in salads. Besides, how can you miss with a name like that, and the story behind it!
- Every time I walked by my vegetable garden, I couldn't help but munch on this scrumptious yellow cherry variety. 'Cuban Yellow Grape' is perfect for salads, and the color is nice too.
- 'Sungold' -- for all the obvious reasons! A close second for me would be 'Isis Candy', which I also grew for the first time last year and will grow again this year. The fruit is really pretty, almost striped or speckled. Very sweet and very, very prolific, even more so than 'Sungold' for me.
- 'Costoluto Genovese' -- I always grow this tomato for its taste alone. It's not the most prolific but the fruit is juicy and good for just about everything from sauces to salads. My favorite tomato to eat right off the vine with a little salt while they're still warm. Another favorite is 'Bush Beefsteak', great for small spaces (plants stay very manageable) and the fruit is excellent for salads, sandwiches etc. Again, ready very early in the season, which is an added benefit.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts. Please contact: Deborah Broide,
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including how-to videos. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.