Totally Tomatoes

comments (16) December 4th, 2009

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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.

  Totally Tomatoes
334 West Stroud Street
Randolph, WI 53956

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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.

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Comments (16)

pattimay54 writes: Keep it up
Posted: 2:38 am on November 9th
StellaClegg writes: thanks for sharing.
Posted: 5:04 am on October 24th
AlicaMein writes: Awesome.
Posted: 1:21 am on October 8th
helenwise writes: Mind Blowing
Posted: 5:17 am on October 6th
Valerieones writes: I love tomatoes
Posted: 3:58 am on September 21st
doriswhite writes: Looking Aweosme
Posted: 1:32 am on September 20th
daveabbott writes: nice one
Posted: 5:08 am on July 13th
shawncox10 writes: This is very useful.
Posted: 12:17 am on May 30th
marychunn writes: Great article and useful information about Tomatoes
Posted: 7:03 am on April 19th
dexterharris writes: Really good tomatos procedure.
Posted: 12:14 am on March 10th
irishiris writes: I have been waiting for an order of seeds from them for a sign yet. Customer Service assured me that they were in route. That was a week ago. My plants just arrived. I have never seen such inadequate packaging..4 dead little plants bouncing around loose in a box...shipped a week ago...dry dead unstable. Who cares about pretty pictures...thats all that they have..Illusions.and these plants were 4 little cubes ,1 1/2 " tall...I ordered a month ago.
Posted: 6:53 pm on May 23rd
jasskr0 writes: Superior catalog design
Posted: 5:01 am on April 3rd
Jazzken writes: This always been excellent
Posted: 1:00 am on April 1st
jomastyre1 writes: Thanks for sharing
Posted: 7:50 am on March 24th
estar writes: I ordered seeds from Totally Tomatoes a few years ago and was very unsatisified. They took over 3 weeks before I received them and then the seed germination was terrible. I have been a gardener for 20 years and never had such a bad time starting seeds. Previous to that order I have always used Johnny seeds with much success. I will continue to use them and might try seed savers. I think Totally Tomatoes is a hype catalog to get you all excited about tomatoes that will never germinate.
As far a VT Bean company come on they aren't even located in VT? That just doesn't sit right with me since I am a Vermonter.
Posted: 2:43 pm on February 3rd
gardentotable writes: I order from this catalog, and some of their sister catalogs regularly. I have always been completely satisfied. The catalog itself is overwhelming - so many choices! I have never had any problems that I can recall, so I can't speak to their customer service, or maybe that shows it's good. Anyway, I recommend this company, and also Vermont Bean Seed. Their prices are very competitive, they have a huge selection of seeds and the quality has always been excellent.
Posted: 4:50 pm on December 27th
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