Thanks for visiting TomatoHeadquarters. I started this blog to share my farming and cooking experiences with heirloom tomatoes. I have a small farm (23 acres) where I grow and specialize in heirloom tomatoes and berries (primarily blueberries). While we grow a wide range of other berries and vegetables on the farm, this “other” produce is grown either for our own family or to use in preserves that we make in the commercial kitchen located on the farm.
Over the past 14 years I’ve been selling the produce from our farm at the St. Paul Farmers’ market, and my daughter has been selling some of our products for many years at the Mill City Farmers’ market in Minneapolis. Based on experience and customer response at these markets, we have gradually evolved into four main specialty seasons:
- In the spring we start and then sell heirloom tomato and pepper seedlings;
- In the summer we sell fresh organic blueberries, overlapping with fresh heirloom tomatoes in late summer;
- In the fall the heirloom tomatoes are still going strong but we start bringing more of the jams and preserves;
- In the winter we do a number of indoor markets and events showcasing our unique line of preserves.
One of my favorite activities in the world is spending time at research and planning. My education and first career was in Environmental Planning. This blog is an attempt to share some of that research, as well as the hands-on experience resulting from the research.
I may wander around a lot with topics, sharing farming experiences, tomato recipes, business experience, health & gardening issues, and sometimes just my life in general. The overall theme of the blog however, is to share our farm experiences with heirloom tomatoes and compare and contrast that with urban garden tomato experiences from guest-blogger Cyndy Grist. Cyndy is a master gardener living in the twin cities who will be posting her perspective on this blog on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy and I certainly welcome comments about your own experiences on these fun, flavorable, and sometimes frustrating tomato issues.
Thank you for reading and sharing!
Regular Guest Poster, Cyndy Crist
Cyndy Crist is a Ramsey County Master Gardener who lives and gardens in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her mostly shade garden is filled with perennials intermixed with edibles, shrubs, and a few annuals. She loves to visit farmers’ markets wherever she travels and to cook with fresh, local, organic produce. Cyndy has written articles for Minnesota Horticulturalist magazine (now Northern Gardener) and feeds her gardening soul in the winter by tending a collection of begonias and scented geraniums and enjoying her extensive gardening library, including vintage English volumes and books about kitchen gardening.