We love cherry tomatoes here at 1840 Farm. It just wouldn’t be summer, or tomato season as we like to call it, without enjoying the experience of strolling through the raised bed garden and plucking a warm cherry tomato directly from the vine before popping it into your mouth. Every year, we plant several varieties of heirloom cherry tomatoes and every year we declare the Black Cherry to be our favorite.
We plant dozens of Black Cherry Heirloom Tomato plants in the 1840 Farm gardens each year. At the height of the harvest, we pick pounds of these beautiful little orbs every day. We eat an abundance of them fresh and oven roast others for fresh pasta dishes. We also put them up for the long New England winter that lies ahead.
We have found that these cherry tomatoes are ideally suited for long term storage in the freezer. Washed Black Cherry tomatoes are allowed to air dry before freezing them in a single layer on a baking tray overnight. Once they are frozen solid, we transfer them to freezer bags and store them for use during the long winter season.
This method of preservation is simple and effective. We enjoy fresh tomato sauces with the intense flavor of these cherry tomatoes all winter long. With each delicious bite, we are reminded that the next tomato season is one day closer. During our long New England winter, that reminder is a very welcome sight!
The Black Cherry is a member of The 1840 Farm Heirloom Seed Collection as part of our Heirloom Tomato Collection available in The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. All of the varieties in our collection are accompanied by plant profiles, planting instructions, and an 1840 Farm recipe so that you can enjoy my family’s favorite preparation with your family.
The original illustrations for our collection were created by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm. They are available for purchase in the Iron Oak Farm Shop on Etsy. The heirloom, non-GMO seeds in our collection are from family owned seed purveyor Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
We hope that you will enjoy growing these heirlooms for your family’s table as much as we do. We invite you to share updates and photos from your garden, your animals, and your harvest with other members of The 1840 Farm Community on Facebook and Flickr.