Survey Says… Mother Earth News Readers Choose Their Favorite Tomatoes (And We Carry Many Of Those Varieties!)

In Fall 2009, Mother Earth News Magazine conducted an online survey asking their readers to recommend tomato varieties that grow best where they live. More than 2,000 people responded.  Mother Earth News classified tomatoes into the following categories:

  • Slicers: main-crop tomatoes for eating fresh and making sauce
  • Cherries: marble-sized fruits in a rainbow of colors, for eating fresh or drying
  • Paste/Canning: thick-fleshed varieties for canning or drying
  • Really Big Ones: huge fruits that often weigh more than a pound
  • Saladette/Pear: small fruits, great eaten fresh and increasingly popular for drying
  • Non-reds: varieties that ripen to yellow, orange, green, purple, black or striped

Each of these categories were then separated into regions of the country: Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, and the Northwest. (For definitions of these regions, visit Mother Earth’s original article: Best Tomatoes To Grow Where You Live)

High Mowing Organic Seeds carries many of the varieties that were chosen as the best for their region by the readers, and we’ve put together this chart to highlight these recommendations. Enjoy!

Slicers

Organic Seeds - Heirloom Brandywine Tomato

Brandywine Tomato

Organic Seeds - Cherokee Purple Tomato

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Organic Seeds - Rutgers Tomato

Rutgers Tomato

  • Brandywine(Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies,Gulf Coast,Interior South, Northwest)
  • Cherokee Purple’ (Midwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Interior South, Northwest)
  • ‘Rutgers’ (Southwest)

Cherries

Organic Seeds - Black Cherry Tomatoes

Black Cherry Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Toronjino Cherry

Toronjino Cherry Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

  • ‘Black Cherry’ (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, Northwest)
  • ‘Sungold’ (we carry a similar variety, ‘Toronjino‘)  (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Northwest)
  • ‘Yellow Pear’ (Southwest, Gulf Coast)

Paste/Canning

Organic Seeds - Roma Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Amish Paste

Amish Paste

Organic Seeds - San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Principe Borghese

Principe Borghese

  • ‘Roma’ (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, Northwest)
  • Amish Paste(Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, Northwest)
  • San Marzano(Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, Northwest)
  • Principe Borghese (Northwest)

Really Big Ones

  • Brandywine’ (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Interior South, Northwest)

Saladette/Pear

Organic Seeds - Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Roma Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Juanne Flamme Tomatatoes

Juanne Flamme Tomatatoes

Organic Seeds - Red Pear Tomatoes

Red Pear Tomatoes

Non-reds

Organic Seeds - Cherokee Purple Tomato

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Organic Seeds - Green Zebra Tomatoes

Green Zebra Tomatoes

Organic Seeds - Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

  • Cherokee Purple(Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Gulf Coast, Interior South, Northwest)
  • ‘Green Zebra’ (Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, North Central & Rockies, Interior South, Northwest)
  • ‘Yellow Pear’(Gulf Coast)
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One Response to Survey Says… Mother Earth News Readers Choose Their Favorite Tomatoes (And We Carry Many Of Those Varieties!)

  1. Richard says:

    I had really good luck with Cherokee Purple tomatoes in Hanover County, Virginia which is in the Mid-Atlantic. Excellent yield and excellent flavor. Need to be picked earlier than you think.

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