Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm! A number of tomatoes, all indeterminates, made their first appearance this week, including some that are new to me.
A new one is "BlushingStar." This is a good sized "slicer" with a strong disease resistance package (more on that later). This first example had a significant amount of "catfacing" on the bottom, so it couldn't be sliced, but rather, carved. I was really impressed with its flavor.
Another new one is "Purple Zebra." It sure is pretty, and reminds me of another I grow called "Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye," which has not ripened yet. Purple Zebra is beautiful on the inside too. However, I found its taste something less than I was expecting. Maybe I didn't let them ripen enough yet. I'll keep trying.
|Purple Zebra (hybr)|
A favorite from last year was grown again. This is "DarkStar." I don't know for sure, but suspect it's from the same breeder as BlushingStar. It has a very rich taste described as somewhat smoky. I didn't notice that last year, but this year I did get a certain note of smokiness. Very enjoyable.
I grew another one I first tried last year, and really liked. This is "Genuwine," from the "Heirloom Marriage" series developed by a breeder. It's a union of Brandywine and Costoluto Genovese. These examples also had catfacing, and needed to be carved rather than sliced. Regardless they tasted excellent again this year. Catfacing is said to result from fluctuating temperatures early in the growing season, and usually affects only the first fruits.
|Gardener's Delight (OP)|
|Monday general harvest|
|Wednesday general harvest.|
|Thursday general harvest|
|Community garden harvest|
|Sad state of indeterminate tomato vines|