All Posts   Posted:   May 23, 2018 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education Director

Although I have just now actually planted them, I have been collecting tomato varieties for almost a month and consider the search for coveted varieties part of the fun of the season. Because I work at a garden center, I have regular access to a great tomato selection but still relish the hunt for ones I haven’t tried or hard-to-find types. I stop at any and all tomato displays to see what is being offered and check back frequently to see what I might have missed, I start seeds that are given to me and usually try to grow at least one variety that is new to me. According to Wikipedia, there are over 10,000 different tomato cultivars – although I do have my favorites, I could live several lifetimes and never grow the same one twice!

If you are still looking for great tomato varieties to try, begin with the winners from our 2017 tasting event. Popular varieties sell-out fast so availability can be hit or miss but there are many 'winners' to choose from!

  • Favorite All-around: Amana Orange, Chocolate Stripes, Ananas Noire, Mortgage Lifter, Bloody Butcher
  • Best Cherry: Sunsugar, Sungold, Snow White, Isis Candy, Chocolate Cherry
  • Best Large Tomato: Pineapple, Goliath, Amano Orange, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Striped German
  • Best-tasting Heirloom: Chocolate Stripes, Amana Orange, Striped German, Black Krim

If you want to get a head-start on the season we have larger plants available in #2 sizes (some with flowers and fruit already set)! 

To get your plants off to the best start and avoid potential fruit-development problems we suggest adding a 'nutrient package' to the bottom of the hole at planting time.

When you begin picking your harvest and find you have more than you can eat, bring your extra produce in to one of our garden centers on Wednesdays or Fridays and we will donate it to a neighborhood food pantry; grab a donation punch card and collect a free 4lb bag of organic fertilizer after 5 donations!

Each year in September, we lay-out the most amazing spread of ripe, homegrown tomatoes for our annual Tasting Tasting Festival to educate and entertain the tomato public. We usually sample at least 40 varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes and showcase the varieties that do best in Portland area gardens. We always ask attendees to vote for their favorites in various categories and make every effort to share this information with our local growers and buyers to make them available for purchase the following season. Join us this year for our annual tomato tasting event on September 8th at Lake Oswego and September 9th at Cedar Hills to review the challenges and successes of the year, chat with fellow gardeners to share tips and secrets and find new tomatoes to try in the future.

Although I have just now actually planted them, I have been collecting tomato varieties for almost a month and consider the search for coveted varieties part of the fun of the season. Because I work at a garden center, I have regular access to a great tomato selection but still relish the hunt for ones I haven’t tried or hard-to-find types. I stop at any and all tomato displays to see what is being offered and check back frequently to see what I might have missed, I start seeds that are given to me and usually try to grow at least one variety that is new to me. According to Wikipedia, there are over 10,000 different tomato cultivars – although I do have my favorites, I could live several lifetimes and never grow the same one twice!

If you are still looking for great tomato varieties to try, begin with the winners from our 2017 tasting event. Popular varieties sell-out fast so availability can be hit or miss but there are many 'winners' to choose from!

  • Favorite All-around: Amana Orange, Chocolate Stripes, Ananas Noire, Mortgage Lifter, Bloody Butcher
  • Best Cherry: Sunsugar, Sungold, Snow White, Isis Candy, Chocolate Cherry
  • Best Large Tomato: Pineapple, Goliath, Amano Orange, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Striped German
  • Best-tasting Heirloom: Chocolate Stripes, Amana Orange, Striped German, Black Krim

If you want to get a head-start on the season we have larger plants available in #2 sizes (some with flowers and fruit already set)! 

To get your plants off to the best start and avoid potential fruit-development problems we suggest adding a 'nutrient package' to the bottom of the hole at planting time.

When you begin picking your harvest and find you have more than you can eat, bring your extra produce in to one of our garden centers on Wednesdays or Fridays and we will donate it to a neighborhood food pantry; grab a donation punch card and collect a free 4lb bag of organic fertilizer after 5 donations!

Each year in September, we lay-out the most amazing spread of ripe, homegrown tomatoes for our annual Tasting Tasting Festival to educate and entertain the tomato public. We usually sample at least 40 varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes and showcase the varieties that do best in Portland area gardens. We always ask attendees to vote for their favorites in various categories and make every effort to share this information with our local growers and buyers to make them available for purchase the following season. Join us this year for our annual tomato tasting event on September 8th at Lake Oswego and September 9th at Cedar Hills to review the challenges and successes of the year, chat with fellow gardeners to share tips and secrets and find new tomatoes to try in the future.