This is a returning tomato to the line up first planted in 2011. It is named after the famous author, Michael Pollan, known for his books on food, gardening and environmentalism. The plant was very prolific with beautiful green tomatoes of smaller size and great flavor. During the harvest of 2011, we had used up all of our canning jars and we had so many of the Michael Pollan tomatoes that needed to be used, that we made a big batch of green pasta sauce. The sauce ended up tasting great, but looked kind of funny.
Here is a picture of the Michael Pollan tomatoes from last year.
The second tomato in the 2012 line up is the Vorlon.
For those of you that are not sci fi aficionados, the Vorlons were a race of alien people populating the universe in the Babylon 5 science fiction series. I loved that show, but then I love nearly all science fiction shows. I saw this tomato at Tomatomania in the spring and had to try it. I hope it does well as I would love to add it to my tomato line up in future years.
The third tomato in the line up is the Black Seaman.
This is another tomato from Tomatomania. The name of this tomato is so NOTpolitically correct that I had to try it. Political correctness is not my strong suit.
The fourth tomato in the the first wave was supposed to be a Brandywine. It was a gift from my daughter. As it began to grow, it was obvious, it was not a Brandywind. It turns out to be a container tomato that is small and compact in size. I am not a fan of container tomatoes, but more on that in a future post. It is just now starting to show some red tomatoes. They better taste good, or it will get replaced in the line up.
I expect to have approximately 20 different tomato plants for the 2012 tomato growing season. Watch for future blog posts on the rest of the 2012 tomato line up.