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Spring Garden Market Tomatoes

Tomato assortment
We offer a wide selection of delicious tomato seedlings at our Spring Garden Market, from huge beefsteaks to bite-size cherry tomatoes, both heirloom and modern varieties, in a rainbow of colors. All have been trialed by UC Master Gardeners and chosen for great flavor, productivity, and vigor.

Please understand that some varieties may sell out quickly or not be available due to germination difficulties

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Explanation of terms

Classic–Medium-small to medium-large, round & smooth
Beefsteak–Large to very large, somewhat irregular shapes
Cherry–Small & bite-size
Paste
–Elongated & meaty

Determinate–Short, typically 4' or less
Indeterminate–Tall, 5' or more, continues growing until frost
Semi-determinate–In between

Disease resistance
V–Verticillium wilt tolerance
F–Fusarium wilt tolerance
FF–Fusarium wilt (races 1 & 2) tolerance
N–Nematodes tolerance
St–Stemphillium tolerance
T–Tobacco mosaic virus tolerance

Classic Tomatoes

Classic: Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple)
Multi-colored fruit is green, yellow, & red outside and green with pink & red streaks inside. Juicy & sweet, great acid balance. Not a black tomato, despite the name. Taste test winner! Bi-Color, indeterminate, 85 days
Classic: Black from Tula
Rose brown with green shoulders, this very beautiful and very delicious Russian heirloom is highly productive. One of our favorites. Black, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Black Pear
Beautiful dark brown pear-shaped medium-sized tomatoes with excellent, rich taste, great acid-sugar balance. Healthy potato-leafed plants produce abundantly. Black, semi-determinate, 80 days
Classic: Black Sea Man
Good producer of beautiful, med-size, reddish brown flattened fruit w/ green shoulders & exquisite flavor. Short shelf life due to tender skin. Blossom end zippered. Taste test winner! Black, determinate, 80 days
Classic: Black Zebra
Stunningly beautiful bi-colored tomato, rich mahogany brown with green stripes. 1 1/2" diameter fruits have a sweet, complex flavor with hints of smoke. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 85 days
Classic: Box Car Willie
High yielding, reliable producer of medium large round, juicy red fruit, with very good tomato flavor. Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Carbon
Smooth, 8-12 oz tomatoes, deep reddish purple with greenish shoulders, free from cracking and blemishes. Exceptionally complex, sweet, full flavor. Great producer and beautiful too. Black, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Carmello
Medium to large round red juicy tomatoes with tender skin and excellent flavor, consistently productive. Good disease resistance. Open pollinated version from original French hybrid. Red, semi-determinate, 70-75 days
Classic: Cherokee Purple
Beautiful rose-purple fruit has sweet, rich, complex flavor. Consistently productive. Often found at farmers markets. Cherokee Indian origin Purple, indeterminate, 75-85 days
Classic: Copia
Medium size yellow fruit with striking hand-painted red stripes. Firm & juicy, sweet & fruity. A natural cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe. Bi-color, indeterminate, 80-90 days
Classic: Costoluto Genovese
Large, flattened red fruit w/fluted profile, deeply ridged and heavily lobed of Italian origin, good disease resistance, meaty, full flavored w/good acidity, great for sauces & gorgeous sliced. Red, indeterminate, 80-85 days
Classic: Dagma's Perfection
Vigorous, abundant producer of yellow, medium-sized, slightly flattened tomatoes. Flavor is sweet and fruity, with a hint of lime and tropical fruit overtones. Firm and juicy. Yellow, indeterminate, 73 days
Classic: Dona
French variety, prolific producer, excellent flavor, small to medium size fruit, meaty with few seeds. A winner! Red, semi-determinate, 80 days
Classic: Glory of Moldova
Gorgeous golden globes grow in clusters of 4-6. Flesh is a deep golden orange and flavor is fruity & sweet. Highly rated in taste tests. Early and consistently productive throughout the season. Gold, semi-determinate, 80 days
Classic: Gold Medal
Large, golden yellow fruit, streaked red; firm and smooth. Very little acid. The sweetest tomato you ever tasted. Taste test winner! Bi-Color, indeterminate, 90 days
Classic: Green Zebra
Sweet sprightly flavor. Beautiful, yellow-green with dark green stripes. Small fruit (1 3/4" – 2"). Very unusual & ornamental on plate. Wow your dinner guests. Green, indeterminate, 78 days
Classic: Japanese Black Trifele
Medium-sized pear-shaped tomatoes are a deep mahogany brown with rich, intense flavor, very productive. A taste test winner. "Trifele" is Russian for "truffle". Black, indeterminate, 90 days
Classic: Kootenai
Stocky plant with dark-green leaves. Fruits are 2-3" across, thin-skinned and tasty. Abundant yields all summer. Red, determinate, 70-75 days
Classic: Lime Green Salad
Delicious, tangy, small fruit, chartreuse inside, excellent for a container. Beautiful compact plant, only 1 to 1 1/2' tall (but a small cage or stake is still recommended). Green, determinate, 58 days
Classic: Mary Robinson's German Bi-Color
Large, meaty, golden fruits have even more red streaking than most bi-colors. Delicious, productive and beautiful. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Orange Blossom F1 (Hybrid)
Medium-sized orange fruits are sweet, balanced with a little acidity. Productive plants are 2 1/2' tall, suitable for a small cage. Orange, determinate, 60 days
Classic: Orange Russian 117
Beautiful bicolor oxheart has smooth golden flesh with streaks of red. Delicious, sweet, & fruity, meaty with very few seeds. Best in a narrow cage as plant is not an aggressive grower. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 85 days
Classic: Orange Strawberry
Beautiful bright orange, strawberry-shaped fruit with rich, very sweet, fruity flavor & succulent texture. Great sliced, excellent for sauces. Almost no seeds. A favorite. Orange, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Palo Alto
Extremely large, vigorous vine giving a heavy crop (to 70 lbs from one plant) of large, meaty (small seed cavities), full-flavored red tomatoes from mid-season into November. Red, indeterminate, 70 - 80 days
Classic: Santa Clara Canner
Delicious, large fruit, very prolific. Juicy yet solid. Big robust healthy plant. Historically used in CA canning industry. Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic: Southern Night
Russian heirloom. Delicious pinkish–purple fruit with vertical green striping and rich, complex flavor. Tender flesh. Use narrow (18) diameter cage as plant is not aggressive. Purple, semi-determinate, 84 days
Classic: Stupice
Czech origin, very early, cold tolerant, highly productive, small very flavorful fruit. Holds well. Red, indeterminate, 52 days

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Beefsteak Tomatoes

Beefsteak: Aker's West Virginia
Vigorous plants produce big harvests of delicious 1 lb tomatoes with sweet, rich flavor and very little cracking or other blemishes. Family heirloom from West Virginia. Taste test winner! Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Aunt Ginny's Purple
Large, delicious, dense flesh, w/ deep pink smooth skin & green shoulders. Flavor equals Brandywine. Potato leaf. Magnificent variety every year. Pink, indeterminate, 75-85 days
Beefsteak: Aunt Ruby's German Green
Beautiful, large juicy light bright green fruit with pink blush, tender skin. Deliciously sweet & slightly spicy taste. Keeps on bearing and bearing. One of our favorites every year. Green, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Aussie
Huge red tomatoes, 1-2 lbs. Borne abundantly on large, vigorous plants. Full old-fashioned tomato taste. Heirloom variety from Australia. Red, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Big Rainbow
Beautiful, very large bi-color fruit, golden yellow with pinkish red swirl inside & out. Mild sweet flavor, juicy, and productive. Gorgeous when cut into slices on a plate. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 90-100 days
Beefsteak: Brandywine from Croatia
Productive, large, meaty pink tomato with delicious, complex flavor. Very tender skin. Regular leaf. Rare, only available from Santa Clara Master Gardeners. Pink, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Brandywine OTV
Vigorous, sturdy, highly productive plant with huge potato leaves, huge thick stems. Rich complex flavor, huge tomatoes. A favorite! Red, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Brandywine Sudduth
Large, vigorous, healthy & productive plants over 7' tall. Huge pink fruit up to 2 lbs. with delicious flavor. Potato leaf. Pink, indeterminate, 90 days
Beefsteak: Caspian Pink
Very heavy producer of large, flattened sweet pink delicious fruit. Curly leaves, healthy plants. Must clip fruit as does not detach. Taste test winner! Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Cuostralee
Very large 1-2 lbs. 4" across, blemish free, deliciously intense & balanced flavor. Taste test winner! Red, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Dr. Neal
Rose-pink, 1-2 lbs. Solid meat with few seeds, outstanding flavor, sweet yet rich and complex. Very tall vines produce heavy crops of this wonderful heirloom variety. Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Ed's Millennium
Highly productive Brandywine-type that is a top taste winner. One of our very favorites. Saved by Master Gardener Ed Lo. Red, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Ernie's Round
Big round delicious pinkish-red meaty fruit, highly productive. A favorite! Only available from Santa Clara Master Gardeners. Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Green Giant
A pure green when ripe tomato, with no pink or yellow blush. Great flavor, firm, succulent flesh, and good sweet-acid balance. A taste test winner. Green, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Hillbilly
Huge fruit, 1-2 lb, sweet, delicious, very productive. Gorgeous yellow with red streaking throughout flesh. Slicing reveals its striking beauty. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 85 days
Beefsteak: Kellogg's Breakfast
Vibrant orange 1 lb beefsteaks, very good flavor. Quite meaty with few seeds. Juice has the same bright color as orange juice and is delicious. Orange, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Kentucky Beefsteak
Tasty and beautiful heirloom from Kentucky. Large orange beefsteak, sweet and delicious, not acidic, with dense, meaty flesh. Orange, indeterminate, 100 days
Beefsteak: Magnum
Superbly flavored 1+ lb beefsteak with outstanding production. The result of several years of selection of a volunteer. Disease resistance is super. Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Marianna's Peace
Large dark pink beefsteaks have full tomato flavor with good acid-sweet balance. Potato-leaved plant is vigorous and healthy. Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Marvel Striped
Medium to large-sized fruits are streaked with beautiful orange, yellow and rose swirls. Sweet and juicy with few seeds. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 90-110 days
Beefsteak: Paul Robeson
Large fruits with beautiful mahogany color. Wonderful, complex flavor. Taste test winner! Black, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Pomodoro Red Pear Selezione
Huge red, pear-shaped fruits. Old North Italian variety specially selected by Franchi Sementi. Very tasty. (This is a totally different tomato from the small red pear cherry.) Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Quali T 23 VFFNTSt (Hybrid)
Huge, 5-6 inch, deep red fruit with excellent quality, uniformity, and flavor. Widely adapted, vigorous, determinate variety. High yield. Red, determinate, 83 days
Beefsteak: Stump of the World
Dark pink 1 lb beefsteaks, outstandingly rich, complex flavor, healthy potato-leafed plants. From the Ben Quisinberry Collection, which also contributed Brandywine. Taste test winner! Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Tidwell German
Big producer of 1-3 lb pink, meaty beefsteaks with wonderful, sweet, tomatoey flavors. Heirloom from Tennessee. Pink, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: True Black Brandywine
Dense, richly colored tomatoes weighing up to a pound. Flavor is sweet and deep with a good acid balance. Gorgeous sliced for a salad. Medium-sized plants are productive. Potato leaf. Black, indeterminate, 80-90 days
Beefsteak: Virginia Sweets
Healthy, vigorous plants produce big harvests of huge, 1 lb+ fruits. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes are golden yellow streaked with red inside and out. Very sweet, low acid, a favorite for slicing. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 80 days
Beefsteak: Yellow Brandywine Platfoot Strain
Large yellow fruit, smooth, creamy texture, delicious flavor, excellent acid-sugar balance. Tall robust vines with healthy, potato-leafed foliage. Yellow, indeterminate, 90 days

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Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry: Beam's Yellow Pear
Produces an abundance of cherry-sized, pear-shaped, brilliant yellow tomatoes. Sweet, mild and fresh flavor. Yellow, indeterminate, 80 days
Cherry: Black Cherry
The first truly black cherry with classic black tomato flavor; sweet & complex. Heavy producer of large cherry tomatoes on tall vigorous vines. A hit for everyone who grew it! Black, indeterminate, 65 days
Cherry: Chadwick
Heavy producer of delicious, red 1-1 1/2" fruits. Highly rated. Red, indeterminate, 65 days
Cherry: Chocolate Cherry
Delicious mahogany-colored cherry tomatoes have that wonderful complex black tomato flavor. Round, 1" fruits are borne in trusses on healthy, vigorous vines Black, indeterminate, 70 days
Cherry: Elfin
Same wonderful sweet flavor, size, and shape as the original Grape tomato, with the advantage of shorter plants. Red, determinate, 55 days
Cherry: Fox Cherry
Delicious large red heirloom cherry tomatoes. Sweet and juicy, firm texture, perfect for salads. May be wilt resistant. Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Cherry: Galinas
Flavor is delicious, complex, and sweet with good acid balance. Fruit size is 1/2-1" & a beautiful yellow. A favorite of many. Yellow, indeterminate, 75 days
Cherry: Gardener's Delight
Tasty red cherry tomato of German origin. Grow in grape-like clusters on a vigorous, attractive plant. Good acidity. Red, semi-determinate, 72 days
Cherry: Green Grape
Large (1 3/4") plum-shaped, golden green fruit with delicious flavor. Beautiful served with other color cherry tomatoes. Back by popular demand. Green, semi-determinate, 70 days
Cherry: Isis Candy
3/4" cherry with orange-yellow marbled coloration and translucent skin. Winner at Carmel TomatoFest. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 67 days
Cherry: Koralik
Heavy yields of 1" sweet red cherry tomatoes. An early heirloom variety from Russia. Foliage is sparse but healthy. Production is heavy and consistent. Red, determinate, 61 days
Cherry: Sugary
Very sweet and delicious, reddish pink oval-shaped cherry tomatoes in clusters on high yielding, compact plants that produce over a long season. Reddish pink, semi-determinate, 60 days
Cherry: Sun Sugar (Hybrid)
Incredibly sweet golden cherry size tomatoes, high in Vitamin A. Vigorous vines produce hundreds of fruit. Crack resistant. Gold, indeterminate, 62 days
Cherry: Sweet Chelsea VFFNT (Hybrid)
Medium-large cherry tomato with excellent sweet flavor. Displays high crack-resistance, as well as drought tolerance. Low in acid. Red, indeterminate, 67 days

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Paste Tomatoes

Paste: Amish Gold
Beautiful brilliant golden color 1 1/2-2" long, oblong with pointy end fruit. Flavor and color of Sungold, but denser meatier flesh good for sauces. A favorite. Gold, semi-determinate, 80 days
Paste: Amish Paste
Sweet flavor is great for canning, sauce/paste, or slicing fresh. Paste tomatoes are excellent for salads and salsas because they're firm and flavorful, and won't leak a lot of juice. Red, indeterminate, 75 days
Paste: Heidi
Prolific 2-1/2-inch, pear-shaped, bright-red fruit with rich tomato flavor. Delicious fruit are solid with few seeds. Tender skin is easy to remove. Great for salads as well as canning. Red, indeterminate, 75 days
Paste: Jersey Devil
4-5" long, bright red fruits are shaped like banana peppers. Prolific, very meaty & sweet, few seeds. Excellent for canning as well as eating fresh. Taste test winner! Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Paste: Mom's Paste
Large red paste tomato with great tomato flavor and good acid-sweet balance. Excellent for cooking, nice texture and no watery separation. Red, indeterminate, 80 days
Paste: Opalka
Large sausage/chile pepper shaped tomato has few seeds, and a very meaty, delicious, rich flavor. Polish origin. Red, indeterminate, 85 days
Paste: Principe Borghese
Excellent for drying, little juice, good acidic old-fashioned tomato flavor with few seeds. Prolific producer. Red, determinate, 70 days
Paste: Speckled Roman
Gorgeous 3" wide by 5" long fruits w/ jagged orange and yellow stripes, red inside. Meaty, great taste, especially cooked. Very productive, few seeds. Cross of Antique Roman & Banana Legs. Bi-Color, indeterminate, 85 days

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