We have literally thousands of tomato varieties to choose from here, we grow and taste hundreds every year, so if a staffer is picking one as their favorite, you know it has to be good!Read More
The Jennings claimed that their ancestor “Grandpa Barnes” grew it during the 1860s but only as an ornamental plant because he thought tomatoes were poisonous (not an uncommon misconception at that time).Read More
Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) has been holding tomato tastings for ten years. The events have always been popular and we often have guests attending from across the country. But if you can’t make the trek to Heritage Farm in Northeast Iowa, here's how you can set up a tasting of your own.Read More
The 10th annual Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm near Decorah, IA took place on September 5th, 2015. Hundreds of attendees sampled heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes to find the best flavor and crown a champion.Read More
Each year Seed Savers Exchange members from across North America trial garden varieties from SSE's genebank collection. They send us reports on performance and taste qualities, and photos of the varieties growing in their gardens and harvested in their kitchens. Read on to find out some the results we've seen and some of the varieties we've tested.Read More
Perhaps the only thing that the staff a Seed Savers Exchange love more about their jobs than growing plants is actually getting to eat some of the amazing fruits that these plants produce. As part of our work here we get to take part in taste evaluations and no evaluation is more anticipated and beloved than our Annual Tomato Tasting.Read More
The time has come to get your tomato plants started so they're ready to transfer outside once the warm weather officially settles in. Take a look at this winter's top ten favorite heirloom tomato varieties and let them inspire your upcoming garden.Read More
Ever wonder about the names of your favorite heirloom tomatoes? Some names are rather descriptive of the color, shape, or place they came from (Hungarian Heart, Green Sausage, Wapsipinicon Peach), others just make you scratch your head (Mortgage Lifter), and still others are equally descriptive and curious (Hillbilly Potato Leaf, Trucker's Favorite). We put together a guide for you to have some fun and figure out what your heirloom tomato name could be!
Comment below to tell us your heirloom tomato name!
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization located in Decorah, Iowa, with a mission to conserve and promote America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.