For years my wife and have tried to grow different varieties of tomatoes here in Lubbock. However, as hobby gardeners, we never really did a lot of “reasearch.” We just liked to eat Cherry tomatoes, so we tried to grow cherry tomatoes. We liked to eat Roma tomatoes, so we tried to grow them. What was the end reuslt? Lots of failure and disappointment… until recently.
“West Texas” Celebrity Tomato Plants
For Sale Saturday April 13, 2013
Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
In fact, last year we went through three successive tomato crops in a single season! What happened?
Tomato Crop 1: The first set we planted suffered from Verticillium wilt. Hence they never really grew or produced. These were all different varieties we “liked to eat” – but you cannot each a tomato that will not grow.
Tomato Crop 2: The second set had Nematodes. In addition, the fruit had dry rot. Again, these tomato varieties were not ideal for Lubbock.
Tomato Crop 3: Finally, this time we actually asked (at Ivy Gardens in Lubbock, to be specific) which varieties of tomatoes do the best in the Lubbock. We planted several Celebrity tomatoes. They did wonderfully (with water) despite the heat and they produced wonderful fruit up until the first frost.
So why do Celebrity tomatoes do so well in West Texas? In short, Celebrity tomatoes are resistant to most of the diseases we have in Lubbock. They are resistant to Veticillium wilt (which decimated our first crop) and resistant to Nematodes (which decimated our second crop). In addition they are resistant to several other common tomato diseases, making them a good all-around tomato for West Texas. You may see this next to tomato names “VF2NT” – that means resistant to Verticillium, Fusarium, Nematodes, and Tobacco Virus – sounds good.
So this year, we decided to sell Celebrity tomatoes in the early season Downtown Farmers Markets as a fund raiser for the market. I have labelled them as “West Texas” tomatoes because you can grow them with just water, decent soil and some fertilizer (not petrochemicals, fungicides, or pesticides necessary). The idea is that these tomatoes are “easy and fun,” and that is what hobby gardening is all about!
These “West Texas” Celebrity tomatoes were raised from seed by my wife and I. We have used only organic fertilizer and no synthetics or chemicals. They are a West Texas favorite and should be great for your spring garden.
Tomatoes will be available at the Downtown Farmers Markets:
- April 13, 2013
- May 11, 2013
- $5.00 each
You can also contact use via the Contact Us page if you would like to purchase/pick up between market dates.