Tomato season has begun! Since we grow so many different kinds of tomatoes, I’ve created this guide to the varieties we are growing this season.

When you collect your tomatoes each week, you’ll notice that we harvest some of them before they’re completely ripe. We do this for several reasons. First, it’s easier to manage the harvest; we can ensure we don’t lose any tomatoes to pests, or because they become too ripe and fall off or begin to rot. It’s also nice for sharers to have options; you can take tomatoes that are ready to eat as well as some that will be ready in a few days. Just leave your tomatoes on your kitchen counter — stem side down — and it will slowly begin to ripen. 

The list below tells you the variety name, where we grow each variety on the farm and a description (including a photo) of what it looks like when fully ripe so you know when it is ready to enjoy.


Stearns Farm 2020 Tomato Varieties

Type Name Where grown  Color 
Cherry Sunpeach  Field  Pink
Cherry Indigo Cherry  Field Black top that transitions into a reddish orange color on the bottom
Cherry Cherry Bomb  Field Red
Cherry Pink
Field Pink with orange streaks
Cherry Purple Bumblebee  Field Dark red with green streaks
Cherry  Sungold Field and  Greenhouse  Orange
Slicer Beorange
Greenhouse   Orange
Slicer  Geronimo  Greenhouse    Red
 Slicer  BHN 589  Greenhouse  Red
Slicer  Big Beef  Field    Red
Slicer  Damsel  Field    Pink
 Slicer  Chef’s
 Field    Orange
Heirloom  Brandywine  Field    Pink
Heirloom Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye  Field    Red and green streaks
 Heirloom Cherokee Purple  Field   Mostly pinkish purple with green streaks around the stem
 Heirloom Striped German  Field    Orange with red streaks
Paste Amish Paste Field Red
Paste Speckled Roman Field Red with orange streaks
Paste Plum Regal Field Red

Until next time,