We offer a curated collection of specialty tomato, eggplant and pepper plants at our farm in Stafford, CT. Plants are started from seed in our greenhouses. The collection includes 140+ heirloom and specialty tomatoes and 50+ sweet and hot peppers. Our wide selection gives gardeners the opportunity to try many varieties that would not be found at a typical garden center without having to start the plants from seed yourself. You can preorder tomato, eggplant and pepper plants or visit us in May and shop at the farm. We also offer herbs, annuals, perennials and other vegetable plants at the farm.
Heirloom and Specialty Tomatoes
What started as a love for growing and eating tomatoes has become an obsession:-) My (Kim's) great grandfather Ben grew Hendersons' Winsall and Big Boy tomatoes in his home garden along the railroad tracks and Susquehanna River in Milton, PA. As a little girl I would be right by his side helping him. As an adult with my own garden those varieties always had a place along with all sorts of different varieties each year. Once we started seeding and selling starter plants in our garden shop it made sense to me to have LOTS (140+) of varieties to offer our customers. They are established plants and all offered individually. Varieties can be mixed for discounts which makes it easy to try many types.
Most of the varieties are heirlooms but there are a number of our favorite hybrids in the mix too. The heirlooms include some rare and historically important varieties dating back to early 1800s. You will find heirlooms originating from many different countries including Germany, Russia, Australia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, China, Greece, Poland, US, England and France. The heirlooms often have interesting stories of how the seed was kept and passed down through generations. The collection includes heirlooms, hybrids, open pollinated, all colors, tomato sizes, shapes, leaf types, indeterminate and determinate varieties and those suitable for container gardening or small spaces.
The dwarf tomato varieties are perfect for a gardener with limited space, but a desire to enjoy the great quality and flavor of tomatoes from an open pollinated, indeterminate, heirloom variety. They thrive in a small 5 gallon container or in a raised bed. The plants are very sturdy with thick, rugose foliage. Most traditional patio tomato varieties are determinate and only set fruit for a short season. The tomatoes are on the smaller side and often fall short on flavor. Dwarf varieties behave like indeterminate varieties in that they produce for the entire season. The dwarf plants are crosses between a handful of rare, old, dwarf heirlooms and their larger heirloom cousins. The Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project was launched by Craig LeHoullier and group of other tomato enthusiasts from around the world in 2006 resulting in a select group of stabilized varieties that have just become available recently. Delicious heirloom style tomatoes on patio sized plants! We offer several varieties as starter plants and as larger patio plants.
All of the Dwarf Tomato Varieties are subject to the Open Source Seed Initiative pledge. The seeds from these tomatoes may be saved and shared so long as you disclose the pledge.
Where to Buy?
Foster Hill Farm
9 to 6 Daily
21 Stafford St.
Stafford Springs, CT 06076