COMMON GOOD FARM 2016 VARIETAL INFORMATION
Tomatoes --- Peppers -- Eggplants
From anticipated varieties; some may not be available until early-mid May; many are limited in quantity. All information provided as clearly & comprehensively as possible...pardon any errors on our part! There might even be a few more varieties than listed below!
We focus on open-pollinated & heirloom varieties (open pollinated means it is true to it's parent fruit & a hybrid is a cross between two parent fruits), and heirloom is a fruit/veg that is presumed to be from varieties at least 50 years old. There are solid hybrids that are worth growing that have been around for a decades.
None of these (open pollinated, hybrid or heirloom) are the same thing as GMO (genetically grown). We buy seed from smaller seed companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge to not purvey, grow or use GMO seed themselves. All our plants are certified organic & certified biodynamic.
F1 indicates it is a hybrid...again...there are some great veggies that are hybrids and have their place. And again, a hybrid is not at all, in anyway, the same as GMO. Lots of fabulous open pollinated and heirloom varieties also!
Bush/short season are other names for these early season/shorter season producers...fruit earlier, shorter amount of time, can benefit from staking or caging...plant both & you won't have to wait as long for great tomatoes! We plant about 18" apart & provide staking for less fruit waste & to prevent sun-scald.
Crimson Sprinter : Brilliant candy-apple red color. Medium-sized 5 - 7 oz fruits are abundant & ripen nicely on the vine. Notably high lycopene content. Holds well due to its thick skin. Semi-determinate.
Fireworks : HEIRLOOM 5 -7 oz. red fruits; yields well & early. Open pollinated. One of our best & most consistent early producers. Seed saved from our own farm.
Heinz : HEIRLOOM PASTE Reliable, early-maturing standard canning tomato. Matures loads of fruit all at the same time. If you have lots of canning to do, this is a great, dependable producer. Very firm & flavorful 3-4 oz. fruits.
Iron Lady F1: blight resistant, dense juicy flavorful red slicer…produced well for us in 2013 heat & dry.
Orange Blossom F1: medium-firm, globe-shaped fruits average 6-7 oz., have a nice texture, and are mildly flavored, balanced with a little acidity.
Orange Pixie F1: Orange Pixie yields gorgeous, deep golden-orange fruit about 4 oz each in the shape of little pumpkins. Bigger than a cherry tomato, it fits great in a container or will become slightly larger grown directly in the garden. Determinate variety…unusual for a cherry/saladette type…listed more as a cherry but an unusual short growth habit so listing it here also.
Oregon Spring: Produces 4” oval red slicers developed at Oregon State University, can take cool nights early on. Yields well...another farm favorite.
Ranger F1: determinate paste, great tomato flavor.
Roma VF: Excellent paste/roma open-pollinated tomato. Popular for canning or making sauce, juice or drying. Plum shaped fruit ripen to a bright red with meaty interiors. Prolific fruit set, smaller size.
Taxi: Great yellow tomato for short season. Grows to about 2 feet tall & 2 feet across. Expect heavy yields of mild, non-acid light yellow tomatoes for 3-4 weeks. One of our absolute favorites for early season!
These are long-season/vining/pole plants...the classic "tomato" type that most people think of for planting. Begin fruiting later July or early August & should fruit until frost. Needs support. Plant about 2" apart.
Amish Paste: HEIRLOOM PASTE produces an abundance of thick-fleshed, acorn-shaped fruits weighing 8 oz. Few seeds; excellent sauce tomato.
Black Krim: HEIRLOOM Originally from the Isle of Krim on the Black Sea. Deep rich black-red color; yields 3 – 4” flattened beefsteak fruits with deep green shoulders. Intense, slightly salty taste; for fresh eating or cooking.
Black Prince: HEIRLOOM Mahogany brown fruit with unusual brown shoulders becoming orange-red at blossom end. Rich fruity flavor. Smooth, rich, fruity tomato flavor. 3-5 oz., 3” fruits show less cracking than typically seen in most heirlooms.
Brandywine: HEIRLOOM Big and beautiful! This classic variety was one of the first to bring recognition to the heirloom label. Known for its perfect balance of sugars and flavor. Dark pinkish-red flesh is smooth and juicy, so make sure to have a napkin handy! Fruits are very large, weighing 1 lb or more. Pick just before ripe to avoid cracking. Potato-leaf (rugosa) variety.
Copia: HEIRLOOM Very large beefsteak with yellow base & red shoulders. Wonderful flavor of substantial fruit!
Cosmonaut Volkov: Reliable producer, even in colder summers. Deep red, slightly flattened 8 – 10 oz. fruits with sweet rich flavor.
Crnkovic Red: Brought to the US by Yasha Crnkovic. Good yields of pink beefsteak fruits, weighing up to 1# each. Fruits have near perfect shoulders that almost never crack. Great full tomato flavor.
German Johnson: HEIRLOOM Vigorous, higher-yielding Brandywine type with excellent flavor. Sets deep pink excellent fruits with lots of deep, acidic tomato flavor & a rich texture. One of our farm favorites!
Gilbertie Paste : HEIRLOOM PASTE Long, slender shape with characteristically green shoulders and a slight crook in the neck. Narrow fruits are on average 7” long and 10-12 oz. Flesh is very solid, with a beloved rich flavor that makes excellent sauces and soups. Very small seed cavity.
Green Zebra: A true green tomato with deep green striping. A delicious, tangy salad tomato, ripe just as the green fruit develops a yellow blush, accentuating the darker green stripes. Lots of 3-4 oz. fruits.
Hillbilly Potato Leaf: HEIRLOOM Gorgeous bi-color beefsteak tomato, great for slicing. Beautiful yellow 1 pound fruits are streaked with red on the blossom end. Sweet & juicy. Heavy producer.
Hungarian Heart: HEIRLOOM Brilliant reddish-pink oxheart type fruits are enormous—frequently exceeding 1#. firm and meaty like all oxheart types—great for paste, canning or fresh use. Rich tasting, solid flesh across each hefty slice! Originated outside of Budapest, Hungary around 1900.
Japanese Trifele Black: Pear-shaped fruit has green-streaked shoulders, deepening to a burnished mahogany and finally to a darkened, nearly black base. The meaty interior has similar shades and a complex flavor.
Jaune Flamme: HEIRLOOM Excellent smaller yellow tomato, with some fruity zippy flavors. Very productive. Think Sungold cherry all grown up!
Moonglow: HEIRLOOM Winner of Seed Savers Exchange 2007 Heirloom Tomato Tasting. Uniform bright orange globes with solid flesh, few seeds & mild sweetness. (not planted for 2016)
Nebraska Wedding: HEIRLOOM Listed in the 1983 Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook by Dorothy Beiswenger of Crookston, MN. Reliable producer of stunning 4" round fruits with glowing orange skin. Well-balanced flavor. NOTE: started for later sale days.
Nepal: HEIRLOOM Soft, meaty red fruits. Excellent tomato flavor with medium acidity. Yields well; 10 oz fruits. We plant lots of these for field production at the farm.
Prudens Purple : HEIRLOOM Large pinkish-red beefsteak with a sweet & tangy flavor.
Ruth’s Perfect : HEIRLOOM Mid-season favorite red slicer, 7 oz. fruits on sturdy plants. From Ruth Zinniker, Wisconsin Biodynamic farmer.
San Marzano: HEIRLOOM PASTE Superior paste with high solid content, heavy yields, excellent for canningand sauce. 5-6 oz. fruits, about 3” long.
Striped Roman: Long roma-shaped tomato with orange stripes. Very thick & meaty with great flavor. Not as prolific as some paste types, but a deep red, esp great for roasted sauce!
Super Lakota: HEIRLOOM (like Super Sioux) Large, early, red. Thick walled, 6 – 8 oz fruits. Juicy, great slicer. Old fashioned flavor. We plant LOTS of these on the farm for our production.
Sweet ‘n’ Bright (Hellfrucht): A small salad tomato, classic tomato flavor with great disease resistance for early and mid-season harvest with cascades of bright red glossy 2-3 oz. round fruit.
all cherry tomatoes are indeterminate plants, except for Orange Pixie.
Bing Cherry : Exceptional flavor is sweet with a rich tomato flavor, well-balanced acid & thin skin. Plants are loaded with clusters of medium sized, 1” red cherry tomatoes. Indeterminate
Black Cherry : Vigorous regular leaf plants covered in clusters of 1" round cherry tomatoes. Dusky purple-black fruits bursting with rich flavor—sweet and complex. Indeterminate.
Esterina Cherry : similar to Sungold, but maybe even better?! less cracking...
Orange Pixie F1 : Orange Pixie yields gorgeous, deep golden-orange fruit about 4 oz each in the shape of little pumpkins. Bigger than a cherry tomato, it fits great in a container or will become slightly larger grown directly in the garden. Determinate variety. (NOTE: not really a cherry per se...more like a patio tomato with smaller fruit!).
Matt's Wild: small, prolific, classic flavor!
Peacevine Saladette : heavy yields of many fruited clusters. Red fruit; excellent flavor. An occasional orange fruit will appear. Named for its high content of gamma amino butyric acid, a calming body sedative.
Sweet Million F1 : grape-like clusters; disease resistant with great tomato flavor!
Sweet Olive F1 : prolific red grape tomato
Sungold Cherry F1 : Wonderful fruity flavor; yellow-orange, very sweet. Yields heavy, best for home garden & fresh eating!
Whippersnapper : HEIRLOOM very small red clustered fruits. Heavy yields. Great for kids to eat out of hand in the garden.
White Cherry : just like it says!
Peppers – Hot & Sweet
California Wonder: Prolific plants produce large thick-walled fruits. Deep green color will turn red when left to mature.
Diamond Bell - very pale yellow bell with good, but not overpowering, pepper flavor.
Golden California Wonder: Light yellow bell
Iko Iko: Purple & yellow peppers ripening to tangerine & red.
Jupiter: Green bell, nice large size. Good flavor & lovely to pick in the field & garden.
King Arthur :
King Crimson: Early pepper are medium-sized & blocky.
King of the North: Sturdy plants, green-to-red bell. One of our farm favorites.
Purple Star: Thick-walled peppers that are fully purple when ripe. Nice flavor turning deep purple-red.
Sweet Chocolate: a smaller bell with a slightly sweet, complex flavor. Harvest when chocolatey brown.
Yankee Bell: Open pollinated. Blocky 3-4 lobed fruits are medium sized and a bit smaller than some hybrids. Good quality and uniformity.
Goddess Banana: HEIRLOOM An extremely popular pepper. Large, pointed fruits measure 6-7" & 1½". The mild yellow peppers will turn brilliant red if left on the plant. A favorite for pickling or fresh eating.
Carmen F1: A beautiful pepper of the Italian "bull's horn" (corno di toro) type with great flavor. Carmen has a lovely, sweet taste for salads & roasting, especially when partially or fully red-ripe. Tapered fruits avg. 6" long x 2 1/2" wide, 5 oz. (142 gm), and ripen from green to deep carmine red.
Corno di Toro: HEIRLOOM Italian variety known for the horn shape. Sweet flavor of red mature fruits. (available later season)
Feher Ozon: HEIRLOOM Stout juicy sweet peppers start white, ripening to yellow, orange then red. Great sub early on for green peppers. High yields. Smaller fruits. Traditionally dried for paprika. Can have a slight hint of warmth sometimes.
Italia: HEIRLOOM o2 ½ x 8” fruits are green & ripen early to a dark crimson red. Corno di toro type, with wide shoulders, Sweet, full pepper flavor that expresses itself well in pasta sauces and stir-fries. (available later season)
Lipstick: Pointed thick-walled 4” fruit. Use fresh or roasted. Great flavor!
Shishito: Small mild Japanese pepper for roasting, pan-frying, grilling. Harvest when green. Very limited.
Stocky Red Roaster: Italian frying pepper. Sweet attractive thick walled 4-6” long & 2” wide.
We dropped a few varieties that hadn't been selling much because we're limited on space...plenty of basics & a few farm favorites!
Alma Paprika: a prolific paprika that has the perfect warmth for a variety of dishes...can eat out of hand but packs a some warmth when you get to the ribs.
Anaheim, Highlander: Long mildly hot peppers traditionally roasted green, used for chiles rellenos or for drying & stringing in dried red ristras.
Ancho Poblano : solid producer, esp later in the season!
Bolivian Rainbow: Rainbow colored fruits, about 1 in. in size. Very hot! Some are deep yellow, deep purple, orange & red as they mature. (available later)
Black Hungarian: Highly ornamental & useful in the kitchen. Green foliage is highlighted by purple veins & beautiful purple flowers. 3 - 4" fruits similar in shape to Jalapenos, but black ripening to red. Medium-hot with good flavor.
Bulgarian Carrot - smaller light orange peppers with GREAT flavor & lots of heat! Fruity.
Cayenne Ring of Fire: Classic cayenne shape & heat. 2-3 ft. plant produces an abundance of hot, straight, tapered, 4" fruits. Excellent quality. Good dried or fresh. Red when ripe. Ready into mid-May.
Fatalii: darn hot!
Fish: not available for 2016
Ghost Pepper - as hot as we planted this year...not the world's hottest pepper anymore but VERY HOT!
Habanero , Magnum : Super hot! Avg. 2" x 1 1/4", wrinkled fruits ripen from dark green to light orange. May be used fresh or dried. Key ingredient in Jamaican "jerk" sauces. Prolific yields in most summers.
Habanero, Chocolate: complex hab flavors with big heat!
Hot Claw: beautiful fruits, nice flavor & solid heat!
Hungarian Hot Wax: germination failure with the seed...too late now probably to make up for it!
Jalapeno, Early: Hot Jalapeno with early ripening & hot bite. Blunt peppers can be eaten dark green or wait until red. (also have El Jefe Jalapeno)
Jalapeno, El Jefe: (also Jalafuego)
Serrano, Hot Rod -- looking forward to this one!
THIS LIST ISN'T COMPLETE...but the scoville unit list based on our varieties is complete. see below
PEPPER TYPE SCOVILLE UNITS – heat index
Aji crystal 30,000–50,000
Alma paprika 0 - 100
Anaheim 500 ~ 2,500
Ancho 1,000 – 2,000
Ancho poblano 3,000
Beaver dam 500 – 1,000
Black Hungarian 1,000 – 2,000
Bolivian rainbow 20,000 – 40,000+
Bulgarian carrot 2,000 ~ 5,000
Cyklon 1,000 to 5,000
Fatalii over 250,000
Feher Ozon Paprika 0 – 100
Fish 5,000 – 10,000
Hot claw 5,000 – 30,000
Hot purira 5,000
Hungarian hot wax 4,000 – 9,000
Jalapeno 2,500 – 9,000
Magnum orange habanero 150,000 – 325,000
Maya red habanero 200,000 – 300,000
Naga Jolokia "Ghost Pepper" 1,020,000 ~ 1,578,000
Nu mex joe parker Anaheim 500 – 2,500
Ring of fire cayenne 30,000–50,000
Serrano 8,000 ~ 22,000
Thai dragon 75,000 – 140,000
Trinidad maruga scorpion 150,000 - 2,200,000
Black Beauty : Early maturing northern variety, classic shaped oblong fruits. Most plants set 3 – 4 fruits each. SIMILAR: Diamond, Florida High Bush, Nadia & others possible.
Listada di Gandia : One of the most beautiful eggplants. A specialty purple striped Italian eggplant with an oval egg shape. Petite fruits sit nicely in the palm of your hand. Plants are very productive and fruits are tender and delicious, averaging 6-8” long. Skin is thinner than most Italian types. SIMILAR: Violetta.
Little Finger : Slender 4 - 6 in. fruit with a glossy black skin. Harvest when fruit is young and cook quickly for delicate flavor. The benefits of a traditional eggplants combined with the Oriental shape oblate fruits. LIMITED.
Ping Tung : Asian, long purple variety. Consistent producer of 8” narrow fruits.
Snowy Eggplant : Somewhat smaller version of white-skinned eggplant. Think traditional eggplant with mild flavor & white skin.
annual organic plant sale
We love growing our healthy certified organic vegetable & herb plants for fellow gardeners! Folks come from near & far for their new-er favorites they have discovered through us. Plants are also available at our booth at Old Cheney Farmers Market & at Open Harvest in Lincoln. The largest selection is at the farm when we hit peak season in early-mid May.
Looking for an old (or new!) favorite? We have a wide range of plants from cabbages, broccoli, broccolini, romanesco, cauliflowers, kohlrabi, chard, kale and collards and lettuces, fennel, scallions, lots of herbs on towards warmer season plantings like tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, basils, cucumbers, zucchini, melons, winter squash, pie pumpkins and much other!
2017 Sale will begin late April 2017. We usually have plants until we're sold out in mid-June or so!
Cash or checks or Mastercard/Visa. Also accepting EBT/SNAP.
A fairly expansive - but possibly incomplete listing of tomatoes, peppers & eggplant varieties for plants are listed on this page. Not all varieties of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are available at all times, as we cycle through several plantings but try and keep a wide range available!
We feature a wide variety of plants -- focusing on vegetables & herbs, as well as some flowers. We have lots of heirloom & open-pollinated varieties. We grow many of our favorites from our own field production because of reliability, taste and productivity, as well as other favorites that are consistent producers for the home garden. And of course unique varieties that you will not find in any garden store! All grown from seed right here, using our own compost for our greenhouse potting/grow mix for a solid foundation to get things started!
Our plants are certified organic & certified Biodynamic. Started from seed in our on-farm greenhouse, where else in Nebraska can you get such a wide-range of certified organic vegetable planting stock...great quality, grown right here!
Questions about what we have available? Contact us! We love to help you grow your own wonderful garden!