It's that time of year! The heirlooms are back! Don't miss out on these seasonal tasty and delicious treats coming soon to a farmer's market near you! Heirloom, or heritage, tomatoes have more flavor than the usual hybrid tomatoes as they are bred for taste rather than commercial transport. They come in a variety of colors, flavors, and interesting shapes. To be classified as an heirloom, the variety must be cultivated for at least 50 years, and many have been around for generations. These beauties bruise easily, they have a shorter shelf life, and are a bit more pricey, but heirloom tomatoes are in a league of their own and worth the extra effort and care. A typical season may run from June to November depending on the weather so enjoy them while you can! Heirlooms are open pollinators and the seeds can be planted to create another fruit bearing tomato plant. Plant two different kinds next to one another and you might end up with a completely new variety!
Thank you to to Chris Cadwell and his family, of Tutti Frutti Farms (meaning 'all fruits' in Italian) in Santa Barbara County for keeping this legacy alive and bringing fresh CCOF certified organic produce to our local farmers market!