Everyone who grows tomatoes has one that they plant year after year. I haven’t grown tons of tomatoes (‘Early Girl’, ‘Brandywine’, ‘Yellow Pear’, come to mind), but the one I will always grow is ‘Sun Gold’.
My reasons are simple. It is easy to grow and produces tons of fruit. My wife loves the sweet taste, and I think she thinks it is my gardening skill that does the trick. This past year, however, I didn’t eat many. My son, 14- to 16-months-old this summer, was inordinately fond of ‘Sun Gold’, we discovered. Add this to the fact that he had just learned to say “more” and that he looks cute when he says it, and you will understand why he got every cherry tomato he could stuff into his mouth. And that’s a lot.
So this year I will grow ‘Sun Gold’ for Evan.
I would love to hear what everyone else’s must-have tomato is.
Here are some I already know:
‘Amish Paste’ (David Cavagnaro, garden photographer extraordinaire)
‘German Pink’ (Diane Ott Whealy, founder of Seed Savers Exchange)
‘Rose’ (Danielle Sherry, Fine Gardening Associate Editor)