Reisentraube Tomatoes

Reisentraube Tomatoes

Reisentraube Tomatoes by Joshua Heston and Dale Grubaugh. Seeds provided by baker Creek Seeds, Mansfield, Missouri. The red, bright fruit of the Reisentraube — small compared to the mighty Mortgage Lifter or Millionaire varieties — clustered almost like grapes (the name means “Giant Bunch of Grapes” in German) can be plentiful even in dry, hot…

Tomato Hills

Tomato Hills

Plate 1. Reeds Spring Tomato Cannery. Tomato Hills by Joshua Heston Solanum lycopersicum. It’s quite a name for the ever’day tomato. A member of the Nightshade family (along with sweet potatoes, peppers and, of course, the deadly nightshade), the tomato is native to the Americas. Some believed for along time that the plants and fruits…

Road to Baker Creek

Farming in the Ozarks

Farming in the Ozarks by Joshua Heston A close, living connection with the land could well be the most important thing we, as a society, can cultivate. And sadly, traditional farming has become some sort of old-timey thing relegated to the distant past while we traipse up and down the superstore aisles looking for food…