Look for this sign around Wolff’s Apple House to see the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes we have during the season! Heirloom tomatoes are a sign of the season here at Wolff’s. We’re well-known for them! Yellow, green, red, purple, in all different stripes and hues, in all kinds of flavors: rich, succulent, creamy, layered, spicy, acidic and mild. You’ll be in awe of how many variations on a tomato there can be!
These names even sound like poetry. Orange blossom, Arkansas traveler, Brandywine yellow…. they sound like the music that accompanies a feast.
Heirloom seeds, saved and passed down through generations, ensure that many varieties of tomatoes stay with us. Tomatoes weren’t always bred to be red. They were bred to taste amazing! Heirloom tomatoes don’t just look like a tomato on the outside, they actually taste the sweet, flavorful and diverse ways that tomatoes were meant to taste.
Some of the tomatoes we have during the season are even on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of delicious but endangered foods, which makes it even more important that farmers in the area are cultivating them. There are over 200 types of food on the Ark of Taste list, and more get added all the time.
Aunt Ruby’s German and Cherokee Purple are two tomatoes on that list that also appear in our store during tomato season. Aunt Ruby’s German is a green tomato with a smooth, sweet, and slightly spicy flavor. The Cherokee Purple is a popular tomato known for its rich, complex and sweet flavor.
Come fill your baskets with these colorful and flavorful varieties, and you’re sure to taste the difference!