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Every year a few tomato varieties distinguish themselves in our fields.  We want to share our 2017 Tomato Superstars with you!
Every year a few tomato varieties distinguish themselves in our fields. We want to share our 2017 Tomato Superstars with you!
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We are tomato fanatics.  We love to grow tomatoes and we love to create new tomato varieties on our small 5-acre farm in California.  The tomatoes we create are sold under our Artisan Seeds brand.  To see more about who we are and what we do please visit us on facebook or at our website.  The varieties we create are featured at Johnny's Selected Seeds.  

Every year some tomato varieties distinguish themselves in our fields, and in other places.  For 2017 we have chosen 13 Tomato Superstars for the year, and we want to share seeds with you.  Funds from backers will help us get our seeds harvested, fermented and sent out to tomato lovers!  The varieties we will be sending out this year are listed below.  

2017 Brussels Tomato Festival Winners (Lucky Tiger, Maglia Rosa and Blush)

All 3 of these varieties are elongated cherry tomatoes, and we bred them all.  Maglia Rosa was our first breakthrough variety and from that variety we later bred both Lucky Tiger and Blush.  We are very proud that they shared the podium at the Brussels Tomato Festival this year.  

Lucky Tiger -- Uncommonly Good!
Lucky Tiger -- Uncommonly Good!

Our newest varieties (Taste, Fuego Verde, Fuego Rosa, Jazz, Orange Jazz and Marzano Fire)

Jazz, Orange Jazz and Marzano Fire were all released in the past couple of years.  Jazz is an outstanding large pink beefsteak tomato with yellow stripes (shown at top).  It is the largest tomato in our fields and fruits are rarely less than 1 lb.  Orange Jazz is our best beefsteak tomato to date.  Fruits are incredibly sweet, with hints of stone fruit.  

Orange Jazz -- Sweet with hints of stone fruit.
Orange Jazz -- Sweet with hints of stone fruit.

Marzano Fire is an excellent paste tomato we bred using San Marzano, the famed southern Italian paste tomato.  It makes incomparable sauce!

Marzano Fire -- Incredible paste tomato
Marzano Fire -- Incredible paste tomato

Taste, Fuego Verde and Fuego Rosa are all new this year!  Taste is a delightful pink saladette tomato with yellow stripes and Fuego Rosa is a long pink tomato with yellow stripes.  It looks like a paste tomato, but has the flavor of a beefsteak tomato.  We think of it as a cylindrical beefsteak tomato.  Fuego Verde is another long tomato.  It looks like a paste tomato but tastes like a cherry tomato.  A very interesting combination of color, flavor, shape and texture.  

Fuego Verde.  This one is different!
Fuego Verde. This one is different!

 

Sliced up Fuego Verde. Imagine the Caprese Salad you can make!
Sliced up Fuego Verde. Imagine the Caprese Salad you can make!

Our favorites bred by others (Cherokee Purple, Rebel Yell, Cherry Roma and Captain Lucky)

We love other people's tomatoes too.  These are 4 incredible tomatoes from others, that we are growing (and enjoying) this year.  Cherokee Purple is a well-known standard for tomato lovers everywhere.  We have a farm selection of Cherokee Purple that has vigorous vines and fruit that are very uniform, and not mis-shapen.  Rebel Yell is our new favorite Pink Beefsteak!  It out-produced all other pinks and the fruits are large and uniform, with great flavor.  

Cherry Roma is a little grape tomato with out-of-this-world taste that is completely unexpected!  It has great flavor with very long shelf life.  Truly a winning combination.  

Captain Lucky is not a well known tomato, but it is a cult favorite of tomato aficionados.  It has an incredible tangy-sweet flavor, and the potato-leafed plants produce very well.  

Captain Lucky -- Out of this world flavor
Captain Lucky -- Out of this world flavor

 

Odds and Ends

Our rewards are focused on our tomatoes.  However, we definitely want to highlight what we are offering in addition to seed for our Superstar Tomatoes.  

First, we are also saving seed this fall for 2 other crops that we love -- Aji Amarillo peppers from Peru, and Ethiopian Blue Mustard.  Both of these are grown on our farm and featured in the restaurants we sell to.  

Lastly, if you want to be a part of our community, and if you want to get seed for un-released varieties, you may want to consider choosing the reward that includes a Collaborating Membership (at a 10% discount).  This membership will get you 5 new varieties a year for the next 10 years -- varieties that will not be generally available.  

Risks and challenges

We are actively saving seed. Thus there is very little risk involved. It is just a matter of scaling our seed saving to project needs.

That said, small farming is full of risks. One way we are reducing our farming risk is to grow our breeding business. Please help us in this endeavor!

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    3 Tomato Superstars

    20 seeds for any 3 Superstar tomato varieties. You choose.

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    13 Tomato Superstars

    Includes 20 seeds for each of our 13 Tomato Superstars for 2017

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    Tomato Superstars + 2 more

    Includes all 13 Tomato Superstars plus 50 Aji Amarillo pepper seeds and 2000 Ethiopian Blue Mustard seeds

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    Superstars + Collaborating Membership

    All 13 Tomato Superstars + a 10-year membership to Artisan Seeds Collaborating Membership program (members receive 5 unreleased tomato varieties per year)

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