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Post  dixie on 7/5/2010, 12:08 pm

My grandkids are really proud of "their" tomatoes. This is an old family heirloom, seeds saved for over 100 years & passed down. No idea which of the bicolor tomatoes it is.

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Post  miinva on 7/5/2010, 12:16 pm

Wow, those are beautiful! Very Happy They look similar to a Virginia Sweet, which has lovely flavor Smile
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Post  aspiegardner on 7/5/2010, 12:29 pm

WOW beautiful looking tomato.
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Post  dixie on 7/5/2010, 12:40 pm

These are sweet with not a lot of acid. My family is from Greeneville, TN, at the TN/VA state line near Johnson City/Bristol, so they very well could be. I guess we'll never know for sure. I've compared them to catalog pictures & Georgia Streak and Hillbilly (from Virginia) look to be the closest. I just know they are good.
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Post  nursekat424 on 7/5/2010, 12:44 pm

Do you share your seeds? my hubby took one look @ that mater and said "wow, I want one". lol. thats alot coming from him, he's not always easily impressed. great pics btw, and cute grandkids.
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Post  dixie on 7/5/2010, 1:08 pm

I'll be posting in the IHA thread, probably in the Fall or Spring. Be sure to request then.
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Post  rainiermt on 7/5/2010, 2:39 pm

WOW!!! Very nice indeed.
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Post  chocolatepop on 7/5/2010, 3:19 pm

wow oh wow Dixie!!!! That mater is gorgeous! but your grandbabies are even cuter Wink
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Post  Ha-v-v on 7/5/2010, 3:25 pm

I am so amazed at the tomato. Its just huge! One slice would make a tomato sandwich !!
I love that your grands are helping you !! I like having helpers.
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Post  boffer on 7/5/2010, 3:56 pm

I sware, Dixie, when it comes to gardening weather, I must live on a different planet than you!
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Post  dixie on 7/5/2010, 6:08 pm

Thanks y'all.

& Boffer we have a terrible problem with ticks, mosquitoes & humidity, it's not all paradise.
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Post  milaneyjane on 7/5/2010, 9:37 pm

Oh my!!!!! I will be checking the IHA!!! Those are amazing. And I agree---adorable grandkids!
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Post  camprn on 7/5/2010, 9:41 pm

@dixie wrote:Thanks y'all.

& Boffer we have a terrible problem with ticks, mosquitoes & humidity, it's not all paradise.
I bet you have those nasty chiggers too... I hate those! My bragging tomatoes -(Boffer, beware) Icon_evil
But boy is that SOME TOMATO! My bragging tomatoes -(Boffer, beware) Icon_biggrin
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Post  timwardell on 7/5/2010, 9:49 pm

Wow. That's a tomato! ...I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy. 😢
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Post  Wyldflower on 7/5/2010, 9:55 pm

That's magnificent, Dixie! I'll be watching for your post in the seed sharing forum!
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Post  camprn on 7/5/2010, 9:57 pm

@Wyldflower wrote:That's magnificent, Dixie! I'll be watching for your post in the seed sharing forum!
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Post  silverbug on 7/6/2010, 8:19 am

Awesome. Kind of looks like a Mr. Stripey to me....It's gonna be weeks and weeks before I see a tomato, assuming I get some. LOLOL
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Post  1chichi on 7/6/2010, 9:54 am

Incredible!!! My bragging tomatoes -(Boffer, beware) 61949 I WOULD LOVE to buy some of your seeds.
It's even better that it's been in your family for years.
Can you give it a name, and call it your own tomato now?
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Post  dixie on 7/6/2010, 10:37 am

Seeds will be for SASE, not for sale. I've got a jar fermenting now, so should have plenty.
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Post  trustinhart on 7/6/2010, 1:29 pm

Dixie: What lovely tomatoes and lovely grandchildren!!!. My grandchildren will be with me soon and I hope they will have as much fun in the garden. Can't wait for the IHA !.... Tell us how they taste, and how you use them.
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Post  dixie on 7/6/2010, 2:32 pm

These tomatoes are on the sweet side, not very acidic. I can a lot of stewed tomatoes & I always mix them with regular tomatoes so the acid content will be enough to keep them from spoiling. They are just an excellent slicing tomato, good in pasta salads. I posted a recipe for pasta salad & it's really pretty to use the tricolor pasta with these tomatoes, German pink (pinkish red) & regular red. It's very colorful.
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Post  Josh on 7/7/2010, 8:54 pm

Dixie that tomato is awesome! That's the size I had hoped my Goliath tomato would get.
You deserve a award for your tomato so I made you one. My bragging tomatoes -(Boffer, beware) Icon_biggrin
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Please save me some seeds if you can!
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Post  quiltbea on 7/7/2010, 11:58 pm

Josh... you did a good thing. That tomato deserved a ribbon.
Dixie.....Your grandkids are beautiful and you're lucky to have such sweet helpers. My grandkids couldn't care less, but they love to eat the produce. Some teenagers seem to think they have better things to do that help in the garden.
I'll be watching for news of seeds in the fall and spring as well.
I hope to save several of the tomatoes I'm growing this year. I bought small 2 x 3" clear envelopes at Staples so I could send them to friends and gardeners that would like some.
I've kept all varieties at least 5' from another variety so they will breed true.
They are all organic and open-pollinated so will breed true.
I've got Rose, Oregon Spring, Brandywine, Delicious, Green Zebra, Purple Cherokee, San Margano Gigante 3 (which are large plum tomatoes), and for cherry I have Black Cherry, Matt's Wild Cherry and White Cherry.
I hope they don't all get blight and die off before I can save seeds.
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Post  dixie on 7/8/2010, 9:40 am

Thank you Josh, that was really sweet of you. I told my hubby about you & he was quite impressed, just as I am.
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Post  dixie on 7/11/2010, 4:35 pm

I have posted this in the IHA section, but seeds are ready. PM me for address.
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