I spoke with 88 year old Elizabeth Harrell today on the phone.She was a possible source for another tomato.The tomato is gone many years now unfortunately.
We were talking about preserving old varieties of veggies and she asked if I might be interested in something other than seeds. Of course,the radar went up and I pounced on the little tidbit like a cat.
She has Black Raspberry bushes that her Grandfather brought to this area about 1840! Not the common red ones we see today,but Black! I'm not sure if that was the common color back then,gotta do some research in that dept.I wonder if Wil Weaver would have info on something like that Brook?I can take pictures when I go and send them to him if you think he would be interested.She also has grapes that her father planted about 1900 that are still producing on the homeplace where she still lives.
Now...I can just see John and Brook trying to figure out a wine recipe...hehe hehe...hic! We'll be swimming in libations this time next year,as I have no doubt that I'll not be alone in getting some of these ! I guess I'll have to figure out how to smuggle plants into the U.K.
She also has garlic that she's been growing for many decades..she can't remember how long,but at least 60 years.She remembers having it in her veggie garden as a young bride.
Sounds like I've got a windfall! Headed over to her home the end of the week.She says 'bring a bucket...berries are ripe and falling off the briars!"