Year in and year out, the tomato is the American home gardener’s favorite vegetable (it’s a fruit, really). And if your spirit wasn’t broken by crop failure due to late blight, you’ll be looking for tomato seed this year with a real urgency. Enter Totally Tomatoes, a catalog that focuses on—you guessed it!—tomatoes.
I don’t know much about the history of this company. I believe it used to be independently owned but is now affiliated with several other companies (Jung Seed, Vermont Bean, McClure & Zimmerman, R.H. Shumway’s, Roots & Rhizomes, Seymour’s Seeds, and HPS), all operating out of Randolph, Wisconsin. The Web site doesn’t get into the details. I have ordered from Totally Tomatoes for several years. The orders have arrived promptly, and the seeds grow.
334 West Stroud Street
Randolph, WI 53956
Bright colors are just the thing on a drab winter day, and the Totally Tomatoes catalog delivers page after page of tomatoes in all their glory: red, orange, yellow, green, and dark. You’ll also find a large and colorful selection of sweet and hot peppers, and a smattering of other vegetable seeds.
Considering the sheer number of tomato varieties offered (nearly 300 by a quick count), the catalog descriptions are brief but to the point. Varieties are grouped in various ways: size, color, heirloom, and so on, so it’s easy to browse. If you’re looking for a specific variety, you can check the detailed index and see at a glance if it’s there.
Totally Tomatoes offers two free seed packets (usually a tomato and a pepper) if you order by March 15, 2010 and spend more than $5. It’s a promotional gesture, of course, but it is fun to grow something you probably wouldn’t have. Seed packets are usually in the $2 to $3 range, so it’s pretty easy to get the premium.