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Re: Tomatoes: Request for Reader Recommendations

I live in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon at 1600 feet....a little slow to get started in cool springs, but blazing hot by mid-July. My earliest flavorful tomato is Fourth of July. If I can find starts, they do begin to ripen then. (Not large) My best producer is red Brandywine. We love them sliced, and I still have a few that I picked 5 weeks ago before our first hard freeze. My other reliable standby is "Medford", developed for our area, medium-sized, and long-producing. Other popular varieties in my area are Early Girl and Better Boy, but they were very tough this year. I harvested about 250 lbs. of tomatoes from our 16 plants; over half were from 6 Brandywines. I have eaten, canned, frozen, and oven-dried at least a million this year...has anyone out there read Barbara Kingsolver's book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; a Year of Food Life"?? Well, I was right there with her--counters over-flowing. Now that we have thwarted the deer with an 8 ft. fence, this acre is heaven.