Stupice Tomato, extra-early
The easiest-to-grow, earliest, and most tolerant of harsh conditions of any tomato I've grown. This is the one I plant every year for my first-early tomatoes, and my hedge against any kind of weather. Saladette size (2" diameter), full-flavored tomatoes early and often--a heavy bearer until frost. The vines are not large--this plant puts all of its energy into tomatoes! Truly the most dependable tomato around. 55-60 days from transplant. 20 seeds
Our varieties are chosen for flavor. In addition, each has its own special talent or trait that you may want--disease resistance, ripening time, heat resistance, cold resistance, low-light tolerance, etc. They are listed in order of ripening--within their category. (All slicers, early to late, then all cherries, early to late, then paste.) I recommend growing an early, a main crop, and a late tomato to have a dependable supply all summer. I have noted which tomatoes do well in especially cool or hot climates. Most of our varieties are indeterminate, meaning that they make a vine that needs support, but continues to bear until frost kills it. So-called bush, or determinate, types bear a more concentrated crop for canning or freezing. Most are commercial varieties that ship well but lack flavor.
Two tips to maximize flavor and minimize cracking: In areas where nights are cold, pick in the afternoon for best flavor. (Cold temps make tomatoes sour and tasteless, which is why we don't put them in the fridge.) Pick ripe and near-ripe fruit before you water, to avoid cracking and watery flavor. Fruit that has colored, but needs a couple of days for full ripeness will ripen with full flavor indoors. (This is nothing like the way agri-biz tomatoes are picked totally green and artificially ripened.)