Nothing like tomatoes to get the spring garden season in full swing! With so many options to choose from, in reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, purples, and blacks, it's no wonder the current garden culture has gone tomato crazy. Heirloom varieties like Black Krim and Brandywine dominate the farmer's market landscape as you just cannot beat them for flavour and Figaro's sells a tonne of these.
I tend to go with the cherry tomatoes in our Vancouver climate as I find some of the larger varieties just don't quite ripen in time for the September rains and late blight. With varieties like Sungold and Gardener's Delight, I get my freshly picked tomato fix and I don't feel like I am missing out as their flavours are so stupendous.
Recently, breeders have been doing some great work for the small space dweller, coming up with some great varieties for pots, patios, and pint-sized plots. Varieties I have used with success include Tumbler, Patio, Sungold, Gold Nugget, Stupice, and even the Brandywine (in big pots). Burpee's, the seed wizards, have a short and sweet explanation of planting tomatoes in containers.
Figaro's gets its first shipment of local/organic tomatoes this week, just in time for the forecasted sunny weekend. They are being delivered by Ann Friesen of Friesen Farms, one of our amazing edible suppliers and her plants are of the highest quality you will find in BC. Seriously.
Indulge in the tomato frenzy...