Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Square

Panzanella sounds like such a fancy dish.  Ironically, it’s a rustic preparation that perfectly showcases the simple flavors of toasted bread, olive oil, vinegar, and ripe seasonal produce in what amounts to a bread salad.  This is peasant food of the very best kind, most likely created when there wasn’tRead More →

Heirloom Tomato Pico de Gallo Gold Branded

  When heirloom tomatoes are ripening by the basket full in our garden, I experiment with all sorts of ways to feature them on our farmhouse table.  I really love preparations that require little to no cooking, allowing the natural texture and delicious flavor of an heirloom tomato to beRead More →

Heirloom Tomato Pie at 1840 Farm

If I ranked my favorite foods, heirloom tomatoes and homemade pie would both be at the top of my list.  In fact, they might occupy the first and second spot.  Please don’t ask me to choose one of them as my absolute favorite because I’m not sure that I could.Read More →

Freezing Tomatoes at 1840 Farm

I love heirloom tomato season.  When our garden is producing ripe tomatoes, we enjoy them at almost every meal.  We also put them up for the long New England winter that lies ahead.  We have found that cherry tomatoes are ideally suited for long-term storage in the freezer. I knowRead More →

The Tomato Lover's Garden at 1840 Farm

Heirloom tomatoes are a delightful sign of summer here at 1840 Farm.  Each year we plant over 100 heirloom tomato plants and wait, rather impatiently, for that first tomato to ripen.  When that moment finally arrives, it is cause for a celebration of the most delicious kind. Last year, weRead More →

Purple Calabash Heirloom Tomato at 1840 Farm

Purple Calabash Heirloom Tomatoes have been in the 1840 Farm vegetable gardens since our first summer living here in 2006.  Every year, we look forward to that first slice of Purple Calabash still warm from the sunshine.  If I had to choose just one tomato to grow, this variety wouldRead More →

Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato at 1840 Farm

This tomato comes with a story the likes of which legends are made.  It all starts with a man named M.C. Byles who friends affectionately called Charlie in West Virginia.  He ran his own radiator repair business and was struggling to make it through the Great Depression.  He took itRead More →

Isis Candy Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes at 1840 Farm

2006 was the first summer we lived at 1840 Farm.  That year, we planted a small garden with a handful of heirloom tomato varieties.  We were new to heirloom gardening and selected the varieties for that year’s garden in a very non-scientific manner.  We simply chose heirlooms with names thatRead More →

Green Zebra Heirloom Tomatoes at 1840 Farm

Of all the tomatoes we grow here at 1840 Farm, the Green Zebra is perhaps the most striking.  When fully ripe, each tomato is a fabulous bright green color with beautiful bright stripes.  In a  garden full of red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow, the Green Zebra stands out.  TheRead More →

Costoluto Genovese Heirloom Tomato from 1840 Farm

If you’re looking for a tomato to thrive in the summer heat, look no further. The Costoluto Genovese variety hails from the Mediterranean.  For centuries, gardeners living along the Mediterranean found that this tomato loved the intense summer heat and sunshine.  The gardeners loved the fantastic flavor that this tomatoRead More →

Black Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes at 1840 Farm

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.  EveryRead More →

The Blondkopfchen Heirloom Cherry Tomato originated in Germany.  In German, the word “blondkopfchen” translates to “little blonde girl”.  My daughter was a little blond girl when we first began growing this tomato here at 1840 Farm.  In fact, she was the reason that I first ordered these heirloom seeds andRead More →