A number of years ago I subscribed to a little organic garden magazine and I no longer remember the name. Anyway, there was an article about this tomato...a very fascinating article. At the end there was an address (Doug's I believe) and the SASE info to send for them. I did, with the promise that I would send back seed that I saved the first season. Well, I grew it, but in my limited tomato growing climate, I got very few. Enough, though, to know it is Wonderful and to save seed for myself for the next year. I broke my promise to Doug. I have grown this tomato each year since and have given plants to lots of people and traded seed, hoping this will pardon me a bit. And this year, since I now know he still wants them and Jill has provided his address, I will send him some. My own tomato is much more pleated than the ones pictured, but all other features are the same.
The article said that this tomato should be grown with extremely tall and heavy support, as it gets to be a veritable giant. The stem is nearly like a tree trunk. Mine gets pretty big but not quite so scary as the article made it out to be. And I do use plenty of support.
My sister lives in a hotter climate of Oregon and just gets tons of them. She actually brings me some before mine are ripe and I don't share back with her. LOL
Happy Birthday, Jill, and thanks for this great article on my favorite tomato and it's history, again. I love the picture of Fred Limbaugh.