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The 2021 Great Tomato Plant Sale Was a Wonderful Success!

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The sale is over, and Wow! What an adventure! You supported us in such a big way, and we are so grateful. 

All orders have been pulled and are ready for pickup.

Pickup location is Our Garden Walnut Creek, located at 111 N. Wiget Lane (corner of N. Wiget and Shadelands). Pay with check (preferred) or cash when you pick up. This process will keep all of us safe in these COVID times. 

We're leaving our plant descriptions and photos on the website for you to refer to. We hope you enjoy your summer veggie garden.

The veggies now growing in our garden are described below—and check out our Hot Tomato Picks for selections to grow in your own garden.

How do you decide which tomato variety to buy with 78 one-of-a-kind heirloom and hybrid tomatoes to choose from? To make your choices easier, Click Here and let Master Gardeners of Contra Costa guide you in selecting exactly the right tomato variety for your taste and garden.

Note: West County has cooler, foggy conditions. Choose shorter maturity cycle tomatoes, peppers and eggplants for planting in West County. That is, look for <75 days to harvest. 

We have created a shopping list that you can download and print to keep track of the plants you wish to order.
Download Shopping List

A downloadable PDF can be found at the end of each collection's web page.
Download pdf of all collections

Helpful Vegetable Growing Tips & Techniques

Love vegetables?  Want to grow your own?  Wondering how?  Use these great tips from the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.

Tomatoes - Growing Tips & Abiotic Disorders
Dry Farming Tomatoes
Common Tomato Pests & Diseases
Tomatoes & Drought in Contra Costa
About Tomatoes-Frequently Asked Questions
Growing Peppers

Plate of heirloom tomatoes. Photo cr. M.Saarni ©UC Regents

About Tomatoes

First discovered in the Andes more than two thousand years ago, the tomato was cultivated extensively by the Aztecs and then taken by Spanish explorers to Europe in the sixteenth century.  Initially, it was thought to be poisonous because it was a member of the nightshade family.  Italians were the first to discover its culinary prowess and introduce it into their cuisine.  Once tomatoes caught on, they spread across Europe and adapted again and again to the climate and soil of each specific region. 

Tomatoes come in a dazzling spectrum of colors, belying that aphorism that 'red' is synonymous with 'tomato'. Colors range from black, purple, pink, green, orange and even white to every shade of red imaginable. There are also spectacularly beautiful striped tomatoes like Big Rainbow and Chocolate Stripe. 

Each tomato variety has its own unique taste.  Some are sweet and fruity; others have rich, complex flavors, acidic and tangy.  Tomatoes are the Queens of the veggie garden—nothing tastes better than a home-grown tomato!