October 12, 2020
Tomato Harvest Is Underway
Tomato Seed Harvest Is Underway
Update October 10th, 2020
Still, a few more plants to harvest. So far there are over 1000 lbs of tomatoes to harvest the seeds from. All the pulp will go-to sauces and salsas while the skins etc will become chicken feed.
One of our most exciting times of the year has arrived.
We’re out picking our tomatoes for the 2021 sowing season. Harvesting tomatoes and preparing the seeds for the next season is exciting for us. We’ve proudly grown over 60 types of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes this year. Some of which are determinate and some indeterminate. We’ve tried so many and have found some disappointing in flavour and texture. Those we will not be growing again and will not be provided to the public.
Some breeds are exceptional for taste and texture and those are the ones we will be providing seeds for the public. One of the proudest seeds we will be providing is our own breed which was originally developed in Stonewall, Manitoba by Mr Lynn Emerton. Lynn worked on this tomato for over 2 decades to get a tomato with the most meat and least amount of seeds. He only took the best tomato of all his plants each year to save the seeds and grow his tomatoes the next year. He got this breed down to approximately 30 seeds per tomato. It weighs about 6-7 ounces and is more meat than any other variety we have seen. “The tomato that doesn’t get your bread wet!” was Lynn’s goal when he was breeding this red round tomato.
We have grown tomatoes that are so small you would need a few to fill a teaspoon weighing in at only 1 gram and some as large as a slice of homemade bread weighing in at 632 grams. They come in all colours from variations of red, green, white, yellow, orange, black, and combination. Of course, all seeds must go through the fermentation period, the drying period, the sprouting period, and the packaging period before we can provide them to Calgary and area customers.
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