Tomato, Santiam (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. 60 days. Det.
Short bushes can set fruit without pollination (parthenocarpic), resulting in earlier fruit that may be seedless. 2-3” globes with good flavor. A little smaller and earlier than Siletz, but still a good size weighing 3-5 oz. Our favorite early determinate tomato variety from Oregon State University, and the second of the three rivers releases along with Siletz and Willamette. Bred by Dr. Jim Baggett and released in1984 along with Oregon Spring. Verticillium and Fusarium wilt resistant.
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.