Early tomatoes for zone 5?
Don't know if I want to try Glacier again, grew it past 2 years (2011 wasn't a good test, it was so wet), it tasted OK but wasn't really that early in 2012. Had Burpee's Bloody Butcher (RL, not PL!) and that was OK, but the name didn't sell well, and it wasn't all that early either.
I'm growing Sudduth BWs, Black Krims and CPs just b/c they're my favorites (and people ask for BWs by name at market), may grow German Johnsons again this year (didn't get any seedlings last year from my cousin so I'll start my own) but those are all big late-season beefsteaks. Looking for something earlier and a bit smaller, more "single serving" (for non-tomato lovers) than "family sized" (though I can certainly eat a 1 lb beefsteak tomato in a single sitting - or standing over the sink).
I'm thinking Cosmonaut Volkov for an early marketable variety. Any opinions? Any other suggestions? I usually start from seed in early March and set out mid to late May depending on weather. Markets start in June - it would be nice to have ripe tomatoes by July 1 and I don't have a tunnel (yet).
Also looking for a paste tomato for canning - loved the Speckled Romans last year but Fedco doesn't have them any more. I know some folks like to use beefsteaks but I really would like something meatier/not as juicy.