A lot of my tomatoes have been disappointments this year. The Cherokee Purple that I started from seed is shriveling up and dying, as are a few of the plants I bought as starts. It looks like I will get exactly one Roma tomato before the plant gives up. Could be disease, could be the heat, I don’t really know. But my two Dr. Carolyn yellow cherry tomato plants are robust and disease-free and bearing oodles of tomatoes. I planted two this year because I had so much success with the one last year, but now I wish I had about five.
I got the seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, which is not too far from here, and my suspicion is that over the years this breed has adapted very well to our climate. It’s unusual to see an heirloom variety this disease-resistant and vigorous. The SESE description says:
[Selected from a sport of ‘Galinas’. Named by Steve Draper in honor of Dr. Carolyn Male who first saved the seed.] The most flavorful yellow cherry tomato we have grown. It has an excellent balance of sugar, tartness and depth of flavor. The pale yellow, cherry-sized fruits are typically borne 6 to a cluster with fruits of uniform size measuring 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″. The large vines are extremely vigorous, well branched, and provide excellent cover.
They make good sun-dried tomatoes, too. Seriously, I wish I could replace all my failing tomatoes with Dr. Carolyns. Alas, it’s way too late to start new tomato plants from seed. Right?