tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

Salad-sized tomatoes are my favorite, big enough to slice on a sandwich or serve in a salad while still small enough to munch off the vine or sun-dry. I do love a big beefsteak, but have to admit the wait to ripen does stir up some impatience and worry that after all the waiting, a critter may nibble on that big juicy thing, right on the vine or it may just crack in the heat.

This year, I have several salad-sized tomatoes we started from seed in our church garden mid-February…

Brad’s Atomic Grapes. We purchased these seeds from Baker Creek and have to admit, I nervously tended their wispy leaves until the tomato plant sale. I set aside one for my garden, as I was so interested in its unique look. This plant and tomato so captivating. The taste is wonderful and the wait to ripen well worth it! I will grow this one again.

Golden Girl Tomatoes. This nice firm determinate hybrid tomato has a rich full taste and stores well off the vine. I will definitely purchase these hybrid seeds for next season. I like my garden to have a few hardy, prolific, disease resistant hybrid varieties.



Wooly Kate Tomato. Along with the Atomic Grape, this tomato plant has fascinated me throughout the summer. Its leaves are a fuzzy lamb’s ear texture and color. The unripe tomato has a beautiful light green and purple coloring. As they ripen, they become a deep yellow/orange, with a nice sweet-tart flavor.


God Love Tomatoes. This plant has been hardy and beautiful from germination, I would say the most healthy looking plant at our sale along with the Principe Borghese. Also, my most productive salad-sized tomato this year and great for oven-roasting.

Green Zebra Tomatoes. One of my favorite tomatoes. Sweet with a tangy finish, this tomato goes great in Caprese salads. I love the bright green and yellow coloring, mixed with red, yellow and orange tomatoes. I am careful with seed purchase and prefer to save seed because this tomato varies in size and I definitely opt for the salad-sized variety.

Jaune Flamme Tomato. How disappointing it was to realize my favorite salad-sized tomato, never made it into my garden of 36 tomato plants (there, I said it, I have 36 tomato plants scattered around my front, side, and backyard). Every year, this is my favorite salad-sized tomato, tasting like a large Sungold cherry. Thankfully, a plant made it into my mom’s yard so I was able to take a picture and eat a few:)

Click Here to read “tomato confessions, part one: this summer’s cherry tomatoes”


If you are interested in saving seeds from your heirloom tomatoes click here. Also, we will be selling seeds, late fall early winter. Next week, I will detail our large beefsteak tomatoes in tomato confessions, part three. I will also be giving simple directions on how to oven-dry your tomatoes. Stay posted tomato people!