Heirloom and Specialty Tomatoes and Peppers
We offer all of our specialty tomato and pepper plants in May a t the farm in Stafford and at the Ellington Farmers' Market. Plants are sold individually, in 4" pots so that you can try just one of a new variety and mix and match without committing to a six-pack of 1 type. Discounts are given for a purchase of 4 or a flat of 18. All of the plants in 4" pots are the same price. Certain varieties are more rare and we grow a limited supply. To get the best selection consider
pre-ordering or coming early in May to the shop.
Some tomato varieties that are suitable for containers are started earlier and sold in patio pots and are perfect for small spaces without such a long wait for your first tomato:-)
Heirloom and Specialty Tomatoes
We offer over 100 varieties of interesting and historically important heirloom tomato plants and few favorite hybrid tomato plant varieties, including some very rare varieties dating back to early 1800s. Most are open pollinated heirlooms including all sizes and colors with origins in many different countries including US, Germany, Russia, Australia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, China, Greece, Poland, England and France. The majority are large, old fashioned plants that produce delicious, juicy tomatoes that we look forward to all winter in the Northeast. These heirloom seeds have been saved and passed down through generations and the plants have withstood the test of time.
Our selection includes compact and Dwarf varieties (see description below) for those who want to plant in pots or small areas. A 5-gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom would provide plenty of room for one of these plants and offer fresh tomatoes for a long growing season.
One of our favorite tomatoes in our test garden is the pineapple tomatillo. The plants produce hundreds of tiny, sugary sweet, pineapple flavored tomatillos in brown husks. They have a 2 week shelf life if left in the husk. The husk is removed before eating it. We made yellow tomato jelly and muffins with them. We packed them fresh in our lunch. They would make a beautiful tart, delicious chutney or a rocking salsa for fish. We strongly recommend you try this one and we will have a good inventory of the plants.
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. The plants are very sturdy with thick, rugose foliage. Currently most patio tomato varieties are determinate and only set fruit for a short season and the tomatoes 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 a handful of other tomato enthusiasts from around the world in 2006 resulting in select group of stabilized varieties that have just become available recently. 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. Please read more here...Open Seed Source Initiative.
We offer 40 varieties of sweet and hot peppers. Along with the popular bell and frying peppers we have a large range hot peppers with Scoville ratings from 100 to 2,200,000. Many customers were asking for hot peppers so we have added quite a few this year including Habanero Chocolate, Carolina Reaper (currently the world's hottest pepper), Dorset Naga from Great Britain, Scorpion, Tabasco, Utri, Atomic Hybrid, Bulgarian Carrot and the Golden Ghost.
For low heat and sweet peppers try Tennessee Cheese which is an adorable lobed, red sweet pepper perfect for stuffing or try your hand at Mole' sauce made with Mexican chocolate and Mole' peppers. Mole' sauce makes a hearty Mexican comfort dish for the fall and winter. Whether you want sweet peppers for frying, grilling or stuffing or want to make some kick-ass hot sauce or salsa we have the right pepper. We grow the common but also the hard to find varieties. See the link above for a complete listing.
We purchase most of our seed from Tomatofest. They provide high quality organic seed that is carefully harvested and packaged. The germination rate is high and all varieties are labeled correctly. If you are growing from seed we highly recommend sourcing seed from the most reputable companies. There is a lot of seed available online but it is quite disappointing to spend time germinating, then growing out a plant that proves to be something completely different than the image on the website.
Dwarf Tomatoes - Flavorful Tomatoes of all Sizes on Compact Plants
Pepper Seedling Plants
Where to Buy?
Garden Shop at the Farm
Opens May 1, 2021
21 Stafford Street
Stafford Springs, CT 06076