Tomato, Tiffen Mennonite (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. Pink. 80 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.
Big, pink, 12-16 oz beefsteak fruit are somewhat variable in shape – many with a rather ribbed appearance while some are a more flattened globe shape. We find it to be earlier to mature and heavier yielding than the ubiquitous Brandywine and recommend growing Tiffen Mennonite instead. The thing that really makes it a winner is that it sweetens up so much better in our climate. If you like big, richly sweet heirlooms, this one is for you. Has even won a few tomato taste-offs here in Oregon (we are not making this part up)! Heirloom variety from the Mennonites of Wisconsin. First introduced to Seed Savers Exchange in 1985 by Thane H. Earle of Whitewater, Wisconsin.
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.