Specialty and Heirloom
Tomatoes and Peppers
We offer a large selection of specialty and heirloom tomato and pepper plants. Individual plants are a great way to experiment with interesting varieties. Some of our tomato varieties date back to the 1700s. Varieties come from US, Germany, Russia, Australia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Mexico, China, Greece, Poland, England and France.
New for 2019 at Foster Hill Farm
More Tomato Seedling Plant Varieties
We have over 100 varieties of interesting and historically important heirloom and specialty tomato plants that we will be offering 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. This year we have added more Dwarf varieties (see description below) and added Tumbling Tom, a trailing cherry tomato which is great in window boxes, patio pots or hanging baskets. We deleted several varieties that seemed similar to others that were better performers and added a few new varieties including Carbon, Great White, Green Zebra, Pineapple and Purple Tomatillos, Summerlast Patio Cherry, Mountain Magic and Wapsipinicon Peach. Also back in the line-up is Blondkopfchen, a yellow cherry tomato. It did not perform well in the greenhouse growing conditions the year prior but a few customers reported great production and flavor when grown in the field so it was brought back. Please click button above for complete listing with detail and notes on each variety.
Dwarf Tomato Varieties - Flavorful Tomato of all sizes and Colors on Compact 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 are offering 15 varieties this year as starter plants and several varieties 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.
Pepper Seedling Plants
Scoville ratings range from 0 to 350,000. We have added more ornamental and hot varieties. New pepper varieties include Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper, Caribbean Red Habanero, Fatali-Africa, Thai Hot, Time Bomb Cherry Pepper and Holy Mole' AAS Winner to name a few. We grow the common but also the hard to find varieties. We had many requests for different hot peppers last year and have added many to the pepper line-up. See the link above for a complete listing.
Where to Buy?
Garden Shop at the Farm
We will open May 2020 for Spring season. Located at 21 Stafford Street, Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Ellington Farmers' Market
All 2019 dates have passed for the Ellington Market. Hope to see you there in 2020:-)
We will have the tomato and pepper seedling plants at the Ellington Farmers' Market 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 and 6/8 from 9 to 12. We will be sponsoring a Kids' Potting Station on 5/25. The event is free and children plant their own seedling to take home and care for over the summer.
The mini donkeys will be at the opening day on 5/11.