Everglade Tomatoes — FREE

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I bought two $10.00 packages of  Everglade tomato seeds about 30 years ago. I was appalled at the price but really wanted something that would keep going through Florida’s hot humid summers so I splurged.

Today, I’m delighted to say that I have pretty much ruined that market. We’ve given away thousands of seeds to people who have, no doubt, given away thousands more. I’m as much a capitalist as anyone I want to know, but $10 for a pack of seeds that have pretty much become weeds in my yard is outrageous.

The Everglade tomato is thought to be the original tomato grown in the Andes and then taken back to Europe where they were hybridized into the thousands of varieties we see today. Also known as a currant tomato, they set fruit all summer long, no matter how hot or humid it gets.

They’re not the best tomatoes for a sandwich, but they’re tastier than anything else you can get in the grocery store. They rock in salsa and salads — I haven’t tried sauce but that’s because I’d rather be outside than in the kitchen. (If you have, please comment below.)

And even if it freezes, they pop right out of the ground after the first rain in the spring. They’ll appreciate a little water and fertilizer, depending on your soil and rainfall, but they’ll thrive without it too. In fact, we have one literally growing in a crack in our rock patio.

We’ve gotten so much demand for these little guys that we’re starting to root the best of the plants (they get big fast and we need to start small to ship) for people who would rather buy plants that get free seeds.

We keep them growing near the sidewalk in our front yard with a “help yourself” sign. All my neighbors (and many of the soccer moms from the park around the corner) stop by to pick them. One soccer mom said that they were the only vegetable or fruit her son would eat. She uses a stop in my yard as a benefit for good behavior.

How’s that for tasty?

Please two packages of seeds (total) per order. It’s time-consuming to collect, package and mail them, even though we really want more people growing food for themselves, caterpillars and butterflies (or write vicki@neemtreefarms.com) and tell us why you need more).

 

 

 

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