RUSSET HOUSE FARM

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Located in Cameron, Ontario

Beefsteak Varieties for 2019  

*SOLD OUT* Alleghany Sunset (78 days)  An excellent flavoured 12-16 oz yellow/red streaked tomato with a uniform round shape. Very meaty, heavy with only a few seeds. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo Red (80 days) This beefsteak has exceptional taste and aroma; a great slicer that is very dense and meaty. Andrew Rahart lived North of New York city and collected seeds from the local immigrants. This one is a mainstay. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Aunt Ginny’s Purple ( 75-85 days) Some say the taste of this tomato rivals the great Pink Brandywine. Potato-leafed plants produce 12-16 oz reddish pink, sweet and juicy fruit. One of the most beautiful and interesting varieties with a great taste. Indeterminate.

Aunt Ruby’s German Green (80 days) Reportedly from Ruby Arnold of Greenville, Tennessee. Beefsteak sized fruits are five inches in diameter and weigh one pound or more. Sweet juicy, refreshingly spicy flavour. A southern favourite for making fried green tomatoes. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Beefsteak (90 days) A very old standard variety. Fruits are large, meaty, ribbed and deep scarlet . Weights average 12 oz. Fairly soft skinned for easy slicing. Indeterminate. 

Big Rainbow (80-85 days) A spectacular large bicolour beefsteak with slight ribbing. This heirloom has a mottled orange and red exterior with brilliant coloured gold and red flesh.  This low acid, firm meaty tomato packs a good old-fashioned, juicy tomato taste. Big Rainbow has vigorous vines and good disease resistance. Indeterminate.

Black Pineapple (aka Ananas Noire) (80 days) Ever wonder what the northern lights taste like? This tomato will let you know. Sweet, fruity, rich, smoky-it’s complex flavour reflects the spectrum of deep red-purple, green, yellow and pinkish red that you see. This is a large multi-coloured beefsteak with wonderful taste. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Brandywine Black (80-85 days) A maroon red coloured tomato with outstanding sweet tomato flavour. Potato leaved. Large and meaty. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Brandywine, Pink (Sudduth strain) (90 days) Considered the original Brandywine tomato. Similar to the red version except this one has the characteristic potato-leafed foliage. Same great taste for this large pink fruit. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Brandywine, Red (Landis valley strain)(80 days) One of the most famous heirlooms (1885, Amish), the winner of many taste tests with bright tangy flavour. Large beefsteak type, up to 1 lb., ideal for slices, salads and sandwiches. Not a heavy producer. Long vines. Indeterminate.  

*SOLD OUT* Bush Beefsteak (65 days) Compact and prolific, huge yields of early 8 oz. beefsteak tomatoes in clusters. Determinate. 

*NEW* Butler Skinner (80 days) A pink beefsteak with high yields and excellent flavour. Named for a Kentucky gardener who would give away plants whenever he ran for city jailer. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Cherokee Purple (80 days) An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink colour, superb sweet flavour, and very-large-sized fruit. Indeterminate. 

*NEW* German Queen Large (1-2lb) pink beefsteak tomato with good yields and excellent flavour. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* German Red Strawberry (80 days) Very large, reddish pink, heart shaped tomato on a large, vigorous plant. Tart, juicy, thick flesh with small seed pockets. A delicious lingering taste. German heirloom. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Gigantesque (75 days) This rare Russian variety was originally from the Ukraine. The regular-leaf plants produce a heavy yield of 1-2 lb orange-red, beefsteak tomatoes with a meaty flesh with very few seeds and a wonderful robust flavour. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Grightmire’s Pride (65 days) A large, early, meaty, low seed, low acid fruit with good taste. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Kellogg’s Breakfast (70-80 days) Very large, oblate shaped orange fruit that are both meaty and juicy. Wonderful flavour; our earliest orange tomato. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Marianna’s Peace (75 days) Large pink heirloom with Czechoslovakian origin.Tomatoes are oddly shaped and incredibly tasty. Does well in drought conditions in our garden. Indeterminate. 

*SOLD OUT* Mortgage Lifter (71 days) Large (1-2 lbs), meaty and vigorous red beefsteak. Original ‘Radiator Charlie’ strain. Legendary tomato developed in the 1930s by M. C. Byles of Logan, West Virginia. It is said that he sold his remarkable plants for $1.00 each  and paid off his mortgage in six years. The fruits are very large, pink, over a pound each and one of the best beefsteak flavours available. A good slicer with few  seeds. Plants are highly productive and disease resistant. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Mr. Stripey Mid-season. Very large (up to 2 lbs) dense, meaty yellow fruit with pinkish red stripes, ridged shoulders and few seeds. Very mild, low acid taste. Some blight resistance. Indeterminate. 

Nebraska Wedding (90 days) Large orange globe-shaped fruit with no cracking. Sweet-acid flavour, very meaty. Heavy producer. Legend has it that Nebraskan brides were given this fruit as a gift on their wedding day. Indeterminate. 

*NEW* Ponderosa Pink Beefsteak (75 days) A solid, large, meaty pinkish red tomato with a pleasant mild taste. Low acid content. Indeterminate. 

Preacher (80 days) Potato leaf, 12-24oz pink beefsteak fruit, good yields, very good to excellent flavour. Originally from a baptist minister in NC. Indeterminate.

Rose (80 days) Strong leafy plants bear beautiful large meaty beefsteak tomatoes that are smooth and incredibly tasty (some say they rival Brandywine for taste). Showed strong blight resistance in our garden this last year. Long yielding this tomato is great in salads and for canning and sauces. Indeterminate.

*SOLD OUT* Sicilian Saucer (75 days)  Huge heavy red tomato, up to 2 pounds, slightly flattened shape. Thick, juicy, meaty flesh. One slice is all you need for your sandwich. A well-behaved plant that does not require staking. We have won the “largest tomato” prize at the fair with this tomato. Determinate.

Tangerine (80-85 days) Delicious orange tomato, large, with a sweet and intense flavour. Resistant to cracking; a favourite in our garden. Indeterminate. 

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