Anyone able to suggest tomato varieties that do well in the Northeast. I live in New England and am trying to cull down the list of heirlooms. Would love to hear others' experience (good or bad).
Mashman, I've grown several thousands of varieties here in the NE so how about sharing with us what you're looking for as to color, fruit shape, etc.
Since you live in the Boston area there is one that comes from that area and that's Neves Azorean Red and I'll let you read about it at the link below.
It's become a very popular variety with many folks and you can see that from the many seed sites that now offer it if you scroll down at that site.
And Yes, I'm the Carolyn Male referred to re where the seeds came from.
Other than that one, coming from the Boston area, please do share with us what you're looking for b'c there's about 7K varieties available commercially and unless you give folks here some guidance as to color, fruit shape and size, it's going to make it harder for folks to make suggestions, IMO.
Here is a link that might be useful: Neves Azorean Red
Carolyn Male who posts here regularly also lives in the NE and has grown over 2000 different varieties there so honestly your choices are not limited in any way by your location. Assuming normal weather cooperation and the growing conditions you provide, your choice should be based on the color, size, and taste you prefer after trying several different varieties.
Her book and discussions here about it can help you pare down the list of heirlooms somewhat but unless you are growing from seed your choices will be limited to what plants are available to you locally.
The search will pull up many of her posts with varieties listed in them.
Not to speak for her - JMO - but Rutgers is a NE based variety and quite good. Box Car Willie is a frequent recommendation here as is Mortgage Lifter and Cherokee Purple.
Aaaha - Carolyn beat me to it! :)
Thanks Dave and Carolyn.
I'm new to growing tomatoes so I apologize for such a broad question. I grew about a dozen varieties from seed last year and particularly liked Black Prince and Giant Lemon Ukraine. I would have to say I favor medium/large yellow and black varieties. But... feel as if I am being asked to choose my favarite child when the question is pushed back to me.
I appreciate your suggestions. Going to give Neves Azorean Red a go. Really like the history behind the seed.
I favor medium/large yellow and black varieties
Then consider Black from Tula and Carbon, especially Carbon for blacks and Kelloggs Breakfast. I agree with Carolyn that NAR will be a hit with you also.
Carbon and KBX are on the list of 2012 starts. Will give Black from Tula a go as well.