Vegetables and Fruit forum: Does anyone grow 'Mrs. Maxwell's Big Italian' heirloom tomatoes?

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 5, 2013 8:40 AM CST
If so, are they good? For eating fresh? For cooking and preserving?
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 11, 2013 8:53 AM CST
Apparently no one. Smiling I did find a new source with some info about them. The site looks like another good place to order tomato seeds as well.

http://store.tomatofest.com/Mrs_Maxwell_s_Big_Italian_Tomato...

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vic
Jan 11, 2013 10:22 AM CST
I actually have listed them in Recommendations and have ordered from them but Mrs. Maxwell must have gone right over my head *Blush*
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SongofJoy
Jan 11, 2013 11:41 AM CST
They do sell a lot of varieties. I'm glad to know someone who has purchased seeds from them, Vic. I seem to be getting a growing collection of tomato seeds going without really meaning to do so. Gee, I wonder how that happens. Green Grin! I know I won't plant them all this year, but this variety appeals to me for some reason. I may try ordering some from this company this year so I can add a new site to my tomato arsenal. nodding
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MaryE
Jan 11, 2013 1:13 PM CST
Great website, I'll have to go back when I have more time. I want to try Mrs. Maxwell's Big Italian.
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SongofJoy
Jan 12, 2013 3:06 AM CST
Mary, what kinds do you grow? Any particular recommendations?
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MaryE
Jan 12, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Mostly I have grown hybrids, short season types because my growing season is about 120 days at best. Our cool nights slow everything down, adding 2 or 3 weeks to maturity dates. My neighbor gave me some heirlooms last year, and maybe some different hybrids. Early Wonder was earlier than Oregon Spring and Stupice. Bonnie's Best was another new one that I want to try again. Oxheart was the best paste type I have tried, at least as far as size goes. I've also grown Roma, another paste type. Unfortunately, I didn't keep good records, labels got lost, etc.
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SongofJoy
Jan 12, 2013 8:34 AM CST
'Roma' is the paste type I've grown here. It does well. 'Heirloom Yellow Pear' is wonderful here and so prolific. I grew a purple cherry type tomato last year but don't remember the name. It did okay but not wonderfully.

This year the heirlooms I'm trying are 'Tennessee Britches' since I am in TN Green Grin! and also 'Traveler '76' (an "improved" Arkansas Traveler) and this pink 'Mrs. Maxwell's' (I think).

Hybrids I've grown that have done especially well here are 'Early Girl' and 'Park's Whopper'.
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Name: Mary
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MaryE
Jan 12, 2013 9:59 AM CST
I grew Early Girl and have also grown Better Boy which is a bit larger. Big Beef is another I grow. I have also grown those yummy yellow pear tomatoes, and find that one plant is plenty!
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SongofJoy
Jan 13, 2013 4:55 AM CST
I agree, Mary, one plant of the yellow pear tomatoes is plenty. It produces for a long a time here.

'Celebrity' is another hybrid tomato that does well for me here. Disease-resistant (VFFNT), drought tolerant and a fairly high yield.
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Name: Mary
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MaryE
Jan 13, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Oh, yes, Celebrity, I've grown that one too. Told you I don't keep very good records. Sad
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robertduval14
Mar 8, 2013 10:38 PM CST

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Seems everyone has only good thing to say about Early Girl. (myself included) Outside of heirlooms, it is one the most most common cultivars I see growing in peoples gardens around here. Last season I grew the hybrid 'Ultra Sweet' and was very pleasantly surprised. Excellent slicers...my wife loved them for simple tomato sandwiches.

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