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Canning Apricots

You have harvested the last of your apricots for the year. You ate the fresh fruit to your heart’s content and gave generously to family and friends. But you are still looking at buckets of apricots! Your choices are dehydration or preserves. Canning Apricots can be done using hot pack or cold pack. Directions for both are included here: Gather …

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Tomato – Taxi

taxi tomato

The best tomato variety for an early, lemon-yellow tomato. Very popular. TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce compact, bushy, determinate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield 4-6 ounce, meaty, uniformly-round, delicious, bright-yellow tomatoes that are very sweet (almost seem acid-free). A wonderful choice to add a zesty spark to tomato salads. or a splash of bright yellow color to your favorite salsas. …

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Tomato – Sunsets Red Horizon

sunsets red horizon

This outstanding heirloom, named by tomato grower, Gary Ibsen, for Sunset magazine in 2003, is a native to Southern Russia. Huge, red, 4 to 6-inch, meaty, heart-shaped fruits are borne from a big leafy plant with wispy vines. Introduced to the west by Nik Peplenov who immigrated to the US in 1999 and brought with him his favorite heirloom seeds …

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Tomato – Purple Calabash

A beautiful, drought tolerant variety producing small to medium (2 1/2 to 3-inch), flat, deeply ruffled, chocolate-brown to deep-purple fruit. Intensely rich, almost wine-like flavor. Crack resistant and stores well. A winner! Days: 85 Size: Indeterminate Color: Purple-Black Season: Mid-Season Type: Heirloom Purchased from www.tomatofest.com

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Tomato – Pink Ping Pong

This heirloom produces amazing yields of sweet pink fruits the size of ping pong balls. Juicy and bursting with superb flavors. Great for salads, canned, or popped in your mouth off the vine. Days: 75 Size: Indeterminate Color: Cherry Season: Mid-Season Type: Heirloom Purchased from www.tomatofest.com

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Tomato – Marianna’s Peace

Pink heirloom tomato that originated in Czechoslovakia. 1-2 lb., pink beefsteak tomatoes. Dense, creamy, sweet flesh with rich complex, old tomatoey flavors. Great gift for the tomato love Days: 85 Size: Indeterminate Color: Pink Season: Late-Season Type: Heirloom Purchased from www.tomatofest.com

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Tomato – Flamme

(Also referred to as Jaune Flammé) Extremely prolific French heirloom that bears in clusters of 6, beautiful, 1 1/2-inch, round, golf-ball sized tomatoes that are persimmon-orange colored inside and out. A delicious full-bodied flavor that literally bursts in your mouth. Very decorative. Makes a great flavored sauce Days: 70 Size: Indeterminate Color: Yellow-Orange Season: Late-Season Type: Heirloom Purchased from www.tomatofest.com

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Tomato – Brandywine

Around 1880 a Mrs. Sudduth of Tennessee gave seeds said to be in her family for 100 years, to tomato seedsman, Ben Quisenberry of Ohio. Prolific potato leaf plant producing 1-2 lb. large, pink fruit. This is a strain that Craig LeHoullier believes is of the original Brandywine. Excellent flavor! Days: 85 Size: Indeterminate Color: Pink Season: Late-Season Type: Heirloom …

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Eschscholzia caespitosa – Tufted Cal Poppy

Tufted Cal poppy is native to California and Oregon. It is 10″ by 12″ wide, ferny foliage, fragrant yellow blooms, loves sun. Like its famous cousin, the orange California poppy, it self-seeds easily.   First planted in my Sunnyvale garden: Winter 2014

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