Tomato - Heirloom
Heirloom tomatoes are now in season from mid June through most of October and we are stocking over two dozen varieties of these seasonal beauties from 'Uncle Ray' Yeung Farm, located in Yolo County. Ripe off the vine, these unique tomatoes differ greatly from the hybrid varieties that are available year round. The acknowledged definition of an heirloom tomato is: (1) the variety must be open pollinated-able to reproduce itself from seed; (2) the variety must have been introduced more than fifty years ago; (3) the variety must have a history of its own-for example, the origin of the popular Brandywine tomato is credited to the Pennsylvania Amish community and is named for a local river.
Heirloom tomatoes vary in size, shape, color, texture and taste. They are generally less acidic than red backyard tomatoes-Early Girl, Shady Lady-resulting in a milder flavor.