I finally decided I had to take a moment to share. Months ago I asked for recommendations for heirlooms for my high tunnel. Carolyn had mentioned Red Barn from Glecklers and I wanted to try it.
First, the service at Gleckers was great. I had an email several hours after I made the order acknowledging receipt of the order. Two hours later I had an email saying the order had been filled and would be mailed the next business day. And when I received the order I had two free packets of seeds.
Second, after growing 16 varieties of heirlooms and ops this year, I came to some conclusions based on my personal taste. I grew three black tomatoes, Black Krim, Paul Robeson, and Roger's best Black, and in my opinion, any black tastes better than any color of any other tomato.
However, Red Barn blew me away. The tomatoes were huge. I thought the first few were big at 1#7oz, and 1#11oz. But the latest was 2#7oz! and it is perfect! Globe shaped and perfect. Red barn does not get as gnarly as other large tomatoes. And as if that is not enough, the taste is incredible. It is the essense and concentration of everything tomato. The first bite and I was a child again sitting in the garden eating tomatoes. It truly tastes like I remember tomatoes tasting 60 years ago.
But, as we know, there is always something. Of the four plants I planted, two were indeterminate and two were determinate. It got challenging when I was trying to train them up the twine. I just couldn't find a vine on the two. Every shoot went to blossoms.
So, does anyone know if determinate or indeterminate is dominant? Does anyone have any guesses about if I save seed what the odds may be from each plant that it breeds true?
Anyone else grow red barn this year and have a similar experience? Any ideas or suggestions?