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"It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."  - Lewis Grizzard

Is there anything better than a fresh, ripe tomato? They are so versatile, too!  Here at Whitehurst Farm, we love to provide a variety of tomatoes during the season, which generally runs May through October. We offer:

  • Beefsteak Heirloom
  • Red and Yellow
  • Early Girl 
  • Lemon Boy

Here is a handy chart sharing details of many varieties!

Five Fun Facts

  • You can’t find mention of a tomato in the works of Shakespeare or in the Bible.
  • Tomatoes come in a variety of colors including red, yellow, and purple.
  • Tomatoes are fruits, but are often considered vegetables. (Either way, they are nutritious!)
  • Spain holds an annual festival where people throw tomatoes at each other!
  • Tomato juice is the state drink of Ohio.

Nutrition Info

Tomatoes are a good source of:
  • Lycopene
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A
  • Water (they are made up of over 90% water)


Tomatoes may be beneficial in the following ways:
  • Reducing risk of heart disease or cancer
  • Helping with tissue growth and cell function
  • Helpful for pregnant women
  • Benefiting blood clotting and bone health
  • Fighting inflammation
  • Lowering blood pressure


Some people may benefit from avoiding nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes, at least for periods of time. This depends on your own bio-individuality and food sensitivities/allergies.

Suggested Recipes and the Tomato Varieties that Work Well with Them

  • My Best Tomato Sandwich - best with slicing tomatoes such as our Beefsteak Heirlooms but you can also use many other varieties such as what is listed here.
  • Caprese Salad - vine ripe or Roma tomatoes work well with this
  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - use whatever tomatoes you like, but many people use varieties like Roma, Amish paste, or vine-ripened.
  • Simple Homemade Tomato Soup - this recipe recommends San Marzano but you can also use any of the tomatoes we offer. Experiment for the taste you like!
  • Bruschetta - use whatever tomatoes you have on hand!

For the Kids and Kids-at-Heart

Download this word find to have some fun with tomatoes!
Tomato Varieties Word Find 

Credits and thanks in addition to recipes and information linked above:,, Factslegend.orgFood Network,, HGTV,,
Tomato photo courtesy of Vintage Falls Farm and Forage

Inclusion of a link does not imply WHF endorsement of all content at that link.

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