Tomato, Jory (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. Red Paste. 60 days. Indet.
This tomato had us at Hello! Vigorous vines produce a truly multi-use tomato. Oxheart shaped but much earlier than any other oxheart we have grown. When irrigated well it is incredibly juicy, sweet and delicious, and very high yielding of 8-12 oz fruit. Produces extremely well late into the season, especially for such an early variety. Jory was grown throughout the Willamette Valley for canning in the 1920s, most likely dry-farmed, and is therefore a good candidate for dry farm production now. The canned tomatoes of United Growers Inc. were proudly labeled with the Jory name at least into the 1950s. This is another variety that comes to us from seed magnet Jeannie Berg of Your Hometown Harvests and Queener Farm – it seems the old timers love to share heritage commercial varieties with her and we love that she shares them with us.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.