For 40 years OSU's plant breeders and researchers have provided the Pacific Northwest with varieties of tomatoes, beans, apples and filberts (amongst many other garden crops) that work well in our climate and resist common diseases that affect our crops. They have bred tomatoes that are resistant to blight, earlier maturing and better acclimated to our finicky climate as well as being delicious and productive.
Of the many varieties that have come out of the breeding programs, these tomatoes are standouts and are grown by us every year:
*Siletz, Oregon spring, Legend, Willamette, Saucy, Gold Nugget, Santiam, Oroma and, the new for 2012, Indigo Rose
Any and all of these varieties are great choices for gardeners. Each one has it's own attributes, some are super early slicers while others are main crop varieties and still others are saucing roma types and cherry size.
We provide all of these varieties as plant starts in May and the fruit from the plants starting around mid June at the farmers markets that we attend.
I will be listing all of the tomato varieties and their descriptions that we will be offering this year in the coming weeks, so be ready to get your pen and paper ready to start filling your garden!
We would love to hear what varieties are your favorite to grow and why!