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Colorful Organic Heirloom Tomatoes

Though you have seen them in stores, now is when the much awaited organic heirloom tomatoes are here in full force. Heirloom tomato seeds are special, open pollinated varieties that are over fifty years old and passed down through countless generations.  Earl’s Organic brings you the highest quality, largest variety and most delicious heirloom tomatoes from Tutti Frutti Farm in the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country. Chris Cadwell is the grandson of a farmer and has turned his passion for gardening into a career as an organic farmer. He specializes in heirloom tomatoes, varietal cherry tomatoes and peppers on a 350 acre CCOF certified farm. Chris attributes his location to his success. Near the banks of the Santa Ynez River, the farm is surrounded by wilderness guaranteeing a wealth of natural predatory insects.  Fifteen miles inland from the Pacific coast, a coastal breeze minimizes mildew while evening fog slows the ripening process. Chris religiously plants cover crops like vetch and clover to keep his soil healthy and mineral rich. He allows the rhythms of the environment to defend against pest and weeds. Chris named his farm Tutti Frutti, Italian for “all fruits,” because he originally intended to grow blood oranges and cherimoya. His success with vegetables steered him in another direction. Like the neighboring pinot grapes, his “fruits” benefit from the area’s unique geography and his magical touch.

Each variety is unique in color, shape and story. Below are some of the most delicious and popular Heirloom tomatoes that Earl’s Organic brings to you.

Marvel Stripe

Marvel Stripes originated in Oaxaca, Mexico and have been grown since the mid 1800’s. Their mild, sweet and slightly fruity flavor is best eaten lightly seasoned.

Brandywine

The Amish Brandywine tomato dates back to 1889 and is named after Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania. It is one of the hardiest heirloom tomatoes and can even grow up to a pound each. Typically they have a pinkish color with a pink sweet flesh and are best eaten fresh. Brandywine tomatoes are great in a Panzanella Salad.

Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple seeds of this 100 year old heirloom were first shared by the Cherokee Indians with settlers in what is now Tennessee. They are unusual because of their deep purple/red hue with a rich sweet taste. Cherokee tomatoes go great in a light green bean and corn salad.

Heirloom tomatoes will be coming fast and furious this August. Enjoy the colorful and delicious varieties while they last!!

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