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First Heirloom! – Tomato Town organically grows heirloom tomatoes in the greater Kansas City area as well as Johnson County, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam KS, Independence MO and Kansas City Missouri, KCMO. Varieties include: Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Stupice, Carbon, Black Krim, Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Absinthe and Aunt Ruby’s German Green.

First Heirloom!


Violet Jasper, heirloom tomatoes, purplish red and green stripes

Purple and Green Striped Beauties

(of the year)

Striped and stunning, the Violet Jasper is an exciting tomato to find ripe on the vine. These were no blushers, they were dark and fully ripened. Farmer T popped one in his mouth and tried to remain neutral, but while the taste was good and sweet, the texture was unmistakably mushy.

Hopefully, it was the heat. One the second day of temperatures over 100 degrees, they may well have been cooked.  So we’ll reserve our final judgement until later in the season.

UPDATE: Our first impression of Violet Jasper was, indeed, a mistaken one. We have been pleased with the flavor of the colorful fruit and have enjoyed it in salads. The mushy texture was restricted to the first fruit.

Violet Jasper on the Vine

3 Responses to “First Heirloom!”

  1. James says:

    The first fruits to ripen tend to be mealy…this improves with later ripening fruit…we had the same thing with a Baker Creek Beefsteak…next week we’ll be swimming in maters!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks so much! We were wondering if we’d done something wrong! Can’t wait for the deluge!

  3. steve says:

    I found them to have a tough skin and mushy interior. It’s a beauty but I prefer other qualities when it comes to tomatoes. I ripped the (9 feet tall) plants out and will be done with this variety for good.

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