The Lovely Janet    
           Heirloom Tomatoes for 2010


Here at The Lovely Janet we are directing our efforts more and more toward tomato
cultivars that can stand up to the high temperatures of southern Alabama.  You will
find our grow out list for the 2010 season loaded up with some great open pollinated
tomatoes that satidfy that need, yet still deliver that “old time ‘mater tatse”.  If your
favorite variety is not included in the list we will be more than happy to grow some
to the seedling stage for you and ship them to your home once the threat of a late
frost haspast in your area.  Just drop us a note at janet@thelovelyjanet.com before
February 2010.

We continue to trial tomato cultivars that will perform well in hot, humid climates
such as those we experience in southern Alabama.  Varieties that have already been
tested and did well are so noted in the list of offerings for 2010.  All others should
perform well in hot and humid areas, but have not been fully field tested on The
Lovely Janet Heirloom Farm.

SPECIAL NOTICE:  We do sell in bulk quantities.  Please have any retailer or market
farm contact us for details.

Plants will be sold in two sizes - 2" pots at $2.50 each and 4" pots at $3.50 each -
plus shipping.  Most will be available by mid-March, but we do not recommend
shipping prior to mid-April.


Abe Lincoln
90 days, indeterminate
Originally introduced in Illinois in 1923 by the Buckbee Seed Co. Plants produce brilliant red,
round, medium-sized, 12 oz. tomatoes in clusters up to 9. A good disease resistant tomato.
Delicious, rich, slightly acidic tomato flavors.  My Source: E&R

Anahu
90 days, indeterminate
From Hawaii this is a very productive variety that produces 2 to 3-inch, round red fruit with
very sweet flavors. Anahu is a determinate tomato plant with uniform ripening. Resistant to
the common root knot nematode, fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot and one strain of spotted wilt
virus. It is also tolerant to tobacco mosaic virus. A good choice for hot & humid climates.  My
Source: TomatoFest

Anait              Good producer in 2009
70 days, semi-determinate
The plants have regular leaves that are good producers of red, juicy, cherry/saladette fruits,
with sweet flavor.  Plants are very productive with little cracking or evidence of disease.  
Originally Armenian, acquired from Robert Stanley, Heirloom Seeds Australia.

(Arkansas) Traveler                 Good producer in 2009                   
85 days, indeterminate
Released by Dr. Joe McFerran  of the University of Arkansas in 1970. † Mild flavor, medium
sized (approximately 6 ounces). Pink in color. Bred for the Southern U.S.
Holds up very well in high heat and humidity.  My Source: E&R

Atkinson                Good producer in 2009
80 days, indeterminate
Atkinson from Hastings Seed Company back in 1984, originally bred for Southern climates at
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. This tomato is of good red color with green shoulders.
It is suitable for green wraps, fresh market, and home gardens. The plant is a strong grower
with good foliage protection for its meaty 6 to 16 ounce fruits. It is resistant to nematodes
and fusarium wilt race 1. It grows extremely well in Southeastern USA, for markets and for
home gardens in the South.  My fruit were all in the 6 ounce range.  My source: Plants
acquired from Darrel Jones, Selected Plants.

Beefsteak                Good producer in 2009
96 days, indeterminate
Also known as Red Ponderosa or Crimson Cushion. Produces huge, delicious, ribbed fruit on
vigorous vines.  This variety produces very large, meaty tomatoes with small seed cavities;
an excellent slicer. My Source: E&R.

Big Rainbow
90 days, indeterminate
[Introduced in 1990 by SESE Heirloom from Polk Co., Minn.]  As fruits ripen they resemble a
rainbow: green on the shoulder, yellow in the middle, and red on the blossom end. When
fully ripe, the fruits are gold on the stem end and red on the blossom end. Early fruits weigh
over 2 lbs. with little catfacing or deformities. 'Big Rainbow' has very good resistance to foliar
disease and continues to bear until frost. My Source: E&R.

Black Krim                Good producer in 2009
75-90days, indeterminate
Dark brown-red tomatoes are large, 10 to 12 ozs., and very richly flavored with just a hint of
saltiness. Color is darker in hot weather, and fruit seems to set well even in the heat. Prone
to cracking, but a very heavy producer. Heirloom from the Black Sea of Russia. My SAource:
E&R.

Box Car Willie                Good producer in 2009
80 days, indeterminate
A slightly flattened New Jersey variety by Joe Bratka's father. (most likely named for the
country western singer) Produces 10 to 16-ounce, smooth, bright-red with an orange tinge.
These excellent tasting tomatoes are very juicy and  because they are so dependably tasty
and abundant throughout the season, Box Car Willie is a staple in many home gardens.
Good resistance to disease and cracking. My Source: E&R.

Bradley                Good producer in 2009
80 days, semi-determinate
Released by Dr. Joe McFerran  of the University of Arkansas in 1961. † A semi-determinate,
short stake type of plant with heavy foliage cover when staked and pruned.† Pink fruit with
green shoulders in the 7-ounce range, excellent fresh market quality.  Fusarium wilt resistant
but can crack. Produces extremely well in Northwest Georgia. My source: Pennington Seeds.

Burgundy Traveler
90 days, indeterminate
This tomato produces a very heavy crop in southeast gardens of 10 to 12 oz. dusty rose-
purplish globes of good quality. The plants produce endlessly with good flavor.  
Recommended by Darrel Jones.  My Source: Heirloom Tomatoes (Chuck Wyatt’s)

Caribe
80 days, determinate  
Compact plant produces good yields of 8 oz red tomatoes. Does well in humid regions. Good
shipping variety. Excellent for home gardens and market growers. Disease Resistant: VFFA.
My Source: E&R.

Cherokee Purple
85 days, indeterminate
Disease resistant, good for the South. [Pre-1890 Tennessee heirloom, reportedly of
Cherokee Indian origin. Introduced 1993 by SESE Seed courtesy of Craig LeHoullier, given to
him by J. D. Green.] Large fruits (10 to 12 oz.) are smooth with slightly ridged shoulders.
Regular leaf vine, ripens to a unique dark, dusky pink/purple. Sometimes called a 'black'
tomato. My Source: Seed from Craig LeHoullier.

Delicious
77 days, indeterminate
Introduced by Burpee after years of selection from ‘Beefsteak’
Plant produces good yields of gigantic red meaty tomatoes. This tomato still holds the World
Record at 7 plus pounds. Very few seeds! Excellent for salads, tomato juice, and canning.
Perfect slicing tomato.  Crack Resistant.   United States Department of Agriculture, NSL
34215.  My Source: E&R.

Druzba
80 days, indeterminate
A Bulgarian heirloom introduced in 1995. (Druzhba means friendship in Bulgarian.) Produces
big harvests of smooth, blemish-free, round, deep-red, juicy, 10-ounce fruits. Excellent,
robust, sweet/tart, juicy flavors. Good disease resistance. My Source: Heirloom
Tomatoes

Flora-dade
78 days, determinate
Market tomato is well adapted to southern humid areas. Flora-Dade was developed by the
University of Florida, Homestead and offers mid-season fruit with a deep globe shape, that
are firm, smooth and jointless. It is red at maturity, about seven ounces on a determinate
plant that offers good cover. Flora-Dade has SVF 1 & 2 disease tolerance. Released 1976.  
My Source: Ron’s Seeds.

Floradel
80 days, indeterminate
Firm orange-red 3" fruits have thick walls, large oversized leaves protect fruit from sunscald,
developed by Univ. of Florida AES as a slicer for home gardeners in the south and also
greenhouse production. Resists blossom end rot and cracking. Recovers nicely from water
stress conditions. Usually harvested in pink stage for market. Disease  Resistant to Fusarium
wilt(1); gray leafspot; and graywall.  My Source: Reimer Seeds.

Gold Medal                                Good producer in 2009
85 days, indeterminate
A Ben Quisenberry tomato.  Very Flavorful, large yellow and red bi-color beefsteak tomato
with pink marbeling in blossom end, thin skin and delicious sweet, well-balanced flavors.  1 to
1 ½ pound tomatoes produce very early for a tomato of this size. Winner of the 2008 Seed
Savers tomato tasting.  My source: Seed Savers Exchange.

Granny Cantrell’s German Red                Good produer in 2009
69-80 days, indeterminate
Meaty beefsteak Kentucky family heirloom. The only tomato grown by Lettie Cantrell of West
Liberty since the ‘40s, who received seeds from a soldier returning from Germany during
World War II.  Lettie died in November 2005, at the age of 96. Each year she saved seeds
from the largest tomatoes, some of which reach 2 1/2 lbs. Productive and of a prize winning
flavor. My Source: TomatoFest.

Hamson (DX-52-12)
70 days, semideterminate
Large, smooth, deep red fruits on semi-determinate vines with good foliage cover. Solid
interior with excellent appearance and flavor. This variety will set fruit at extremes of
temperature (heat and cold) and otherwise performs well under adverse conditions.
Developed in Utah, will mature evenly.  Good for slicing and canning.  My Source: Mountain
Valley Seed.

Healani
90 days, indeterminate
Red fruited variety bred in Hawaii for resistance to hot weather diseases. These short plants
produce many  4-8 oz., 2 1/2-inch,  red globes with excellent sweet flavors.
My Source: TomatoFest        

Hillbilly (West Virginia Strain)
85 days, indeterminate
An Ohio heirloom beefsteak originally from West Virginia weighing 1 to 2 pounds. Fruit is
orange-yellow with red mottled skin and red streaks within. Very sweet tasting.  One of the
very best tasting bicolored tomatoes. My Source: E&R.

Homestead
80 days, determinate
Red fruited varity that is well adapted to green wrap, shipping and local market.
Fruit sets well under high temperatures and is uniform. Vigorous plant which  offers good
fruit protection. Resistant to fusarium wilt.  Plant does well in hot & humid conditions
making it a perfect variety for Southern regions.

Indian River
75 days, indeterminate
Developed at the University of Florida in 1965 as a commercial cultivar for warmer climates,
but can handle many climates as long as the growing season isn't too short.
Foliage is green and fruit is red, round and smooth. Fruit weighs 6 ounces. Resistant to wilt
and leaf-spot diseases. My Source: TomatoFest.

Jeff Davis                        Good producer in 2009
85 days, indeterminate
This potato leaf foliaged tomato originated along the B & O Railrod Path that ran through
Alabama during the 1890's. The medium sized, oval tomatoes weighs 10-16 ounces,
is pink/purple in color. Good producer in the south of low acid 14-18 ounce beefsteak
tomatoes.   Has shown signs of having some disease resistance.  My Source: TomatoFest.

Legend
68 days, determinate
Introduced by Dr. James Baggett at Oregon State University, this very early variety sets
large fruit that are glossy red and round with a very good flavor that is a nice blend of sugars
and acids. Plants have a strong resistance against the late blight fungus. It sets fruit well
under cool temperatures, and contains few seeds. My Source: Tomato Growers Supply.

Manalucie
82 days, indeterminate
Perfect for the South’s hot climate.  Heavy-foliaged plants produce large fruits weighing
up to 1 lb. each.  Fruit is large medium to dark red, globe shape. Developed by breeder
James M. Walter in 1953 at the Gulf Coast Experiment Station in Bradenton Florida.
Tolerates blossom-end rot, Gray Leaf Mold, early blight and Fusarium Wilt. My Source: E & R
Seeds.

Marbon  (limited quantity of seeds, order soon if you want this plant)
68 days, determinate  
Developed for commercial canning but proved popular in home gardens because it stands up
well in changing weather.  Medium sized fruits have a rich, red color.  My  Source: Seed
Savers Exchange #424.

Marglobe Improved
77 days, indeterminate
Deep red 6 oz. fruits. Developed in New Jersey 1917 by Fred J. Pritchard of the USDA by
crossing Marvel and Globe.  Marglobe Improved is a more crack resistant version. One of the
first disease resistant strains with a good resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt.
†'Marglobe' is the parent of many tomato varieties. Medium size red fruit make excellent
canning tomatoes. Good size and uniform deep scarlet color. Great for humid climates.  My
Source: Pennington Seeds.

Mortgage Lifter                  Good producer in 2009
85 days, indeterminate
Developed in the 1930s by M. C. Byles of Logan, West Virginia.† Radiator Charlie, who had
no formal education or plant breeding experience, created this legendary tomato by cross-
breeding four of the largest tomatoes he was able to find and developed a stable variety after
six years of pollination and selection. The large, slightly flattened, pink-red fruits that range
from 1/2 pound to more than 3 pounds, are meaty, very flavorful and have few seeds. My
Source: E&R.

Mortgage Lifter Estler’s Strain
85 days, indeterminate
Huge,(1# and considerably over when well grown) fruit with excellent flavor. This one is said
to be older than Radiator Charlie's. It reportedly goes back to 1922 and is a considerably
bigger plant with larger fruit than Charlie's and seems much more prolific. Chuck Wyatt's
seed came from "Bob" Estler, son of the "Bill" Estler who originated the variety. My Source:
Heirloom Tomato Seeds.

Mountain Princess                  Good producer in 2009
68 days, determinate
[Heirloom from the Monongahela National Forest Region of WV]  Very early and productive. 4-
8 oz orange-red fruit is round, smooth, and solid, with a mild tomato flavor.  A good choice
for early season farmers markets.  Works well in containers too.
My Source: E&R.

Mr. Stripey
80 days, indeterminate
Mild-Flavored English Heirloom  Mr. Stripey has a mild, low-acid flavor and intriguing color.  
Plum-sized, bicolor fruits have yellow flesh and a pink center. My Source: E&R.

Oxheart
88 days, indeterminate
[The oxheart shape is the result of a single gene mutation, about 1925. Oxheart tomatoes
are somewhat similar to meaty ponderosa types, except for the distinctive shape.] Heavy
yielding vines produce extra large, pink, oxheart-shaped tomatoes weighing 1 to 2 lbs. Flesh
is firm and meaty with few seeds and mild flavor.  My Source: E&R.

Rio Grande
80 days, determinate
Very large, blocky pear-shaped tomatoes are borne in profusion, making for large harvests
to turn into tomato sauce, paste, or juice. Deep red fruit is about 4 inches long. Vigorous
plants are well adapted to extremes in temperature.  My Source: E&R.

Royal Hillbilly                Good producer in 2009
78 days, semi-determinate
Darrell Merrell introduced Royal Hillbilly in 1997. He developed it from a selection of a
tomato named Hillbilly that was given to him by Ruth Marcum of Collinsville, OK. Ruth
received her seeds from her brother Ralph Miller of Ohio. The seeds Merrell received
grew out three different tomatoes. Through selection, he stabilized one to a tomato with a
deep, deep pink color that borders on burgundy with a purplish or violet tinge. The flavor is a
complex blend of sweet and tart, snappy yet smooth.  Large, ponderous vines set out
"amazing" amounts of gorgeous purplish pink, medium to large beefsteaks. Pest and disease
resistant.  My Source: Tomato Growers Supply.

Rutgers
75 days, indeterminate
Rutgers is an old open pollinated variety that excells as a canning tomato variety or as a
slicer. It was originally developed by a Rutgers University scientist named Lyman G.
Schermerhorn in co-operation with the Campbell's Soup Company in 1934. The Rutgers
Tomato was developed by crossing Marglobe (see below) with a variety called JTD. As time
went on, Rutgers became the most famous tomato worldwide and once made up over 70%
of the tomatoes being processed in the United States. My Source: E&R.

Siletz
65 days, semi-determinate
A very large and early maturing Tomato. It produces flavorful deep red, round fruit ideal for
slicing. Fruit size is 10 to 12 ounces or even more on determinate plants. It has some
disease resistance and will produce well early, even during cooler weather. Another
outstanding Oregon State University introduction by Dr. Jim Baggett.  My Source: E&R.

Super Sioux
70 days, indeterminate
An improved Sioux. Sets fruit dependably even in high temperatures; 4 ounce, smooth,
round fruit.  Perfect variety for hot and dry climates. Produces big sets of crack-free, thick-
skinned, round, red fruit. Good tasting on the tart side. Good acid makes it even a better
variety for canning.  My Source: E&R.

Taos
78 days, indeterminate
Variety produces 6-ft., indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield good crops of 6
to 8-ounce, slightly-flattened, round, red tomatoes that have a delicious sweet, zesty,
moderately-acidic flavors. A real burst of deliciousness. This tomato variety does well in
hotter, dry growing conditions and also produces well in cooler growing regions. This tomato
variety is wonderful for canning, tomato juice or sliced up for tomato salads. Produces well
until frost.  My Source: Tomatofest.

Tamiami                         limited quantity of seeds.  order soon if you want this plant
82 days, determinate
Improved Walter type, good short stake tomato, good cover, disease resistant vines,
produce large  3" 7 to 8 ounce fruit that remain quite firm.  Easily parts from stem, orange
red with green shoulders, completely ripens off vine to red, perfumey flavor, some radial
cracking around stem, developed for the South by Petoseed.  
Disease Resistance: verticillium, fusarium (races 1 and 2), stemphyllium.  
My source: Seed Savers Exchange #1386.

Tropic
80 days, indeterminate
Developed by the Univ. of Florida AES, Bradenton, variety has excellent versatility as a
garden, greenhouse, or market tomato. The 3-4" oblate fruit averages 8 to 9 oz., is thick-
walled, and tends to sit high on the vine under a protective cover of foliage. The sweet
flavored fruits ripen to red with slight green shoulders. Resistant to Fusarium wilt(1); vert.
wilt; gray leafspot; graywall. My Source: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.


Walter                Good producer in 2009
75 days, determinate
The release of Walter by J.W. Strobel in 1969 marked the world's first variety with resistance
to the Fusarium wilt pathogen.  Open pollinated tomato produces high yields of
8 oz red tomatoes. They are very flavorful. This variety does well in the Southern regions.  
Breeder: University of Florida. Characteristics: fresh market, determinate, midseason, fruit
are medium-slightly large, flat-round, symmetrical. Resistance: fusarium wilt races 1 and 2,
gray leaf spot. Adaptation: Florida, southeastern United States. Fla. Agric. Expt. Sta. Circ. S-
202. 1969.  Recommended by Darrel Jones.  My Source: E&R.