This time I’ll be highlighting a lot of the pepper varieties that we have this year. Sweet or hot, all peppers are perennials. So either grow them in pots or dig ’em up from the garden but either way bring ’em indoors before it gets below 50 at night.
What’s the point you ask?
Well if you’re anything like me, the long wait for peppers until what, July, even AUGUST…is excruciating. Who in the world wants to wait that long for peppers? When you take advantage of peppers being perennials you don’t have to wait that long. Not only did my indoor peppers produce, in a south facing window on a radiator, until DECEMBER…but they started flowering in March. Got fruit by April.
Perennial peppers means no more waiting all summer for the plants to mature.
Perennial peppers means peppers anytime you want them, from April through December.
And considering the cost of organic peppers in the store?? That’s a blessing!
I just treated mine like houseplants. They got a little ugly. See, they were used to a certain amount of sun, and warm, humid air. Sunshine and cool breezes. Once in my house they got cats sleeping in the pots, me forgetting to water them, kids pulling off the fruits too soon, dry air, minimal sunshine. By the end of winter they certainly looked sad.
But the point here is that they survived. 8 pepper plants survived the winter in my house and now all they want to do is put out fruit…in May. Awwww yeah.
So here are the varieties we’ve grown for you this year, and please remember, Peppers are Perennials.
Dare I say we’d be happy to adopt any unwanted peppers at the end of summer…?
This year I wasn’t as experimentative with the tomato selection, which is not to say what I’ve picked to share with you is boring….but maybe not as “selective.” Last year I got a lot of weird looks for what I thought were the greatest tomatoes ever.
This year I got more of what people typically look for…big red slicing tomatoes, those little orange pops of sunshine, and regular red cherry…of course I still got the stripey ones and the intensely flavorful ones…afterall, what’s the point of heirloom tomatoes if you don’t try them all??
The first favorite type I bought is called Thessaloniki, it’s a big red slicing tomato, similar to beefsteak tomatoes – they’re big, red and juicy.
Our next slicing tomato combines a bit of our standard favorites with just a hint of funky fun. Robinson’s German BiColor Tomato is one of those fruits that is just downright beautiful. I haven’t ever eaten one, but I couldn’t resist this picture from Baker Creek. I’ve reserved 4 of these babies for myself and my family…but mostly for myself. I’ve been looking forward to these since starting them in January. They’re a late type, but I started them early, giving us plenty of time to enjoy them through the season.
For middle-sized tomatoes we’ve got two kinds, Topaz and German Lunchbox.
The Topaz Tomato is yellow with golden and green flecks, sweet, low acidity and my kids eat them by the dozens right off the vines.
The German Lunchbox tomato is a little pink wonder. This tomato consistently produces right into November for me. They’re tasty when pink but you can leave them on the vine until they are a muted red…they are completely divine.
The Black Cherry is a tomato-lovers tomato. How could I go one summer without sinking my teeth into this Queen of Tomatoes? This is another variety that produces right up until the first frost. Also, in my constant search for veggie varieties that don’t require a lot of water, this one fits the bill. Too much water and the skins split. This one likes a little neglect.
I also got a standard type Red Cherry Tomato called Riesentraube. Another German Variety (have you noticed a trend?) And like the other German varieties this tomato goes right up until frost. Clusters of red globes are what sets this tomato off from a standard red cherry, this plant is incredibly productive.
This year we’re trying out an heirloom version of the celebrated Sungold tomato. To the discerning tomato taster, our Sungold Select II is just a tad less sweet than the hybrid Sungolds you find in most markets but they still have that citrusy undertone.
We were also blessed to receive some tomato varieties like Yellow Peach, Myona Plum and Jersey Devil Plum. We’re not sure if they’ll be ready in time for a Mothers Day planting, but try us later in the year. We’ll update here if they become available, too.