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newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2012
10:39 AM

Post #9240077

I have 6 BEEFMASTER plants that have really done well producing lovely tasty tomatoes. Today I picked three and the largest is 1 pound 13 ounces. My largest one yet.

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9240211

Looks great!
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9241347

Those are real beauties. Conrats!

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9242259

Here are some more beefmasters I picked today.

I really like the Beefmaster tomatoes!

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Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #9242313

Very nice. They look good enough to eat! ~:-)

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9242320

Yeh, and am going to be eating some this afternoon!

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
10:41 AM

Post #9242374

Ha, I got out just before the rain and picked myself two nice cucumbers so will be making a nice tomato and cucumber salad in a few minutes. Yumm, yumm.
Sequee
Carmel, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9242554

Sounds wonderful. No cukes this year - the squash vine borers decided they needed them more than I did!

I picked a nice batch this am - 2 Cherokee Purple, 1 Pork Chop, 1 Dad's Sunset, 2 Friendship, and several Market Wonder. Yum! I'm getting addicted to bacon, tomato, avocado, and onion on toast, but I think I will just eat them as they are. The all look so good! What a perfect time of year!

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9242602

I love to eat tomato sandwiches.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9246635

I had a retasting today of two of my tomato taste test loosers. Whoppers and Superfantastic had really nice fruits on both so I picked them and tasted to compair again. Still loosers! :thumbsdown: I had read somewhere that fruits could taste better later in the season. Well, not these. Still bland and just not the right notes of taste to me. Not coming back next year. I have so many other varieties to try.
kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 19, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9247034

I have tried Beefmaster and it's a good one, but I prefer Big Beef. Might be a good side by side comparison.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9247050

I don't have Big Beef. If I can find plants I will try them both next year.
kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 19, 2012
9:38 PM

Post #9247148

Lowe's and Walmart sells them down this way every year. Bonnie is the supplier. I also tried the hybrid Goliath this year and it is a good one also. I planted both the Big Beef and the Goliath the first week of April this year. They both are still producing and have not doubt they will do so until at least mid-September barring any really early frosts.
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9247319

I grew a Beefmaster plant this year. Most fruits were 1 lb or more but some cracked badly. It might have been the three days of rain last week. I thought taste was ok, but not as good as my favorites. Has anyone tried 'Goliath'? It was mentioned on another thread as an alternative to 'Beefmaster' or 'Big Beef'.
kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 20, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #9247356

Has anyone tried 'Goliath'? It was mentioned on another thread as an alternative to 'Beefmaster' or 'Big Beef'

A few years ago, I tried the hybrids Goliath, Early Goliath, Bush Goliath, and Italian Goliath. I got the seeds from Totally Tomatoes. Was pleased with all of them.
This year I bought a hybrid Goliath plant from a big box store. Not as large as Big Beef, but a little more productive(see post above). I plan on growing both again next year. There are OP versions of Big Beef(I have seeds) and for some of the Goliath varieties. I may do a side by side of hybrid and OP.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
9:30 AM

Post #9247623

Of all those Goliath types, which one did you like the best? I don't think I have tried any of the ones you mentioned.

I never tried Big Beef, I would like to find plants next year. I definately want the Beefmaster again next year as it has been a fabulous tomato for me. This is the first time I have had it though! But I don't have any problems with cracking on them, even on the bigger ones. I do watch the forcast and if we are expecting rain, I pick the ones that are getting ripe and bring them inside. I don't think any of the big tomatoes can take big rains without cracking once they get past a certain stage of ripeness. So I pick them before they are ripe enough to eat and let them finish up on the kitchen counter.

kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 20, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9248296

I like the Goliath and Italilan Goliath best, in that order. Attached is a pic taken today of my Goliath. It is a very healthy looking plant and still producing. The fruits now are not quite as large as the earlier ones. Now the fruits are 3-8 oz; the early ones were 6-10 oz.

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newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9248330

Wow, looks really good. I should try this variety.
kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 20, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9248358

I harvested the first Goliath fruit from this plant on June 6; it was planted the first week of April.
annabelle15
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2012
3:53 AM

Post #9251925

My big beef grew strange this year, but they taste great, have picked two that were over a pound each, great sandwiches. tomatoes were slow in coming, but, now they are ready, give me the bread and mayo!!!!!!!!!
kygreg2000
Hopkinsville, KY

August 24, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9252040

annabelle15 wrote:My big beef grew strange this year, but they taste great, have picked two that were over a pound each, great sandwiches. tomatoes were slow in coming, but, now they are ready, give me the bread and mayo!!!!!!!!!


Are you growing the hybrid Big Beef or the OP version?

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

August 30, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9259627

Yumm, yumm. Beefmaster tomato sandwiches for dinner. Nice big slices cover a loaf of bread. Also some cucumber and tomato salad I just made in the fridge for later. Love cucumber and tomato salad.

newyorkrita

newyorkrita
North Shore of L. I., NY
(Zone 6b)

September 1, 2012
12:22 PM

Post #9261557

Beefmaster tomatoes picked and one I sliced on the bread to show the nice size for sandwiches.

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