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Spring 2022

Top 10 Hot Tomato Picks


By Liz Rottger

The UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County will hold their 11th Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale, opening for online orders only on April 2nd at Noon. This year we have a total of 83 tomato varieties, including a whole host of unusual heirlooms as well as a wide selection of very special hybrids with the disease-resistance some gardeners value, but also with the great, old-fashioned taste we all treasure in the heirloom tomatoes.

These aren’t your store-bought, hard red rubber balls which are tomatoes in name only! As with our heirlooms, most of the hybrid tomatoes we’ve chosen would be difficult to find locally.

Once again, we’ve asked our Master Gardeners to tell us what their favorite tomato is. Since some Master Gardeners grow 10, 15, or more tomato varieties in their gardens, you can imagine what a tough question this was for them. Here’s this year’s list of Top 10 Hot Tomato Picks