It pays to have connections. Especially when we’re talking tomatoes. Seeds that is. Heirloom Seeds.
Imagine my delight yesterday to find my mailbox stuffed with a slightly padded manila envelope just screaming to be opened. (I never tire of ‘real’ mail and do my part to keep the post office in business. How about you?)
One of my good friends and occasional garden advisers works at Almaden Valley Nursery. A representative from the Seed Bank in Petaluma came by the nursery and left two complete sets of Heirloom Seeds. My lovely friends sent one of the sets my way. (Thank you!!!)
I am so excited! The fact that they arrived on a bitter-cold winter day makes it all the more sweet. Here’s what I’ll be looking forward to:
Tomato Black Mauri (Black Moor): Described as a sweet, deep chocolate-brown, grape tomato that is sweet, flavorful with a crisp and crunchy texture
Tomato Cherokee Purple: The best for salsa. An old Cherokee heirloom, pre-1890 variety.
Dr. Wyche’s Yellow: One-pound fruit. Oh me oh my!
Black Giant: Big, purple-black fruit grown on “highly productive” vines.
Tomato Paul Robeson: Fascinating! Here’s what the packet says:
“This famous tomato has almost a cult following among seed collectors and tomato connoisseurs. They simply cannot get enough of this variety’s amazing flavor that is so distinctive, sweet and smokey. Named in honor of the famous opera singer star of ‘King Solomon’s Mines’, 1937. Paul Robeson was an Equal Rights Advocate for Blacks in Russia as well as around the world. This Russian heirloom was lovingly named in his honor. We are proud to offer such a wonderful variety.”
- Seed Bank West coast home of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, housed in a 1920’s historic building in downtown, Petaluma, California.
- Almaden Valley Nursery Locally owned garden nursery in San Jose, California.
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Offers 1400 heirloom seeds (non GMO).
- Paul Robeson: All-American athlete, singer, actor and civil rights advocate for people around the world.