The seasonal harvest of heirloom tomatoes at Ray Yeung’s Yolo County farm is well under way and, weather permitting, will last until mid-October. Ray has been selling these tomatoes to Produce Express for well over a decade and we are always pleased with the quality and variety of these summer gems.
Heirloom tomatoes vary in size, shape, color, texture and taste. Ripe off the vine, these unique tomatoes differ greatly from the hybrid varieties that are available year round. They are generally less acidic than red backyard tomatoes-Early Girl, Shady Lady-resulting in a milder flavor. The acknowledged definition of an heirloom tomato is: (1) the variety must be open pollinated-able to reproduce itself from seed; (2) the variety must have been introduced more than fifty years ago; (3) the variety must have a history of its own-for example, the origin of the popular Brandywine tomato is credited to the Pennsylvania Amish community and is named for a local river.