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Positive kitlyn2001
(1 review)
On Mar 7, 2011, kitlyn2001 Cape Girardeau, MO wrote:

This is the first time I have planted tomatoes from seed. I usually buy plants from local nurseries where I was introduced to a few heirloom varieties and loved them.

I found TomatoFest while searching for a variety that I had grown last year and was amazed at all of different tomatoes. While very excited at the prospect of 600 different kinds I was able to keep my order to a modest ten different ones.(My husband thinks I'm crazy - after all what's wrong with plain old red tomatoes.)

The seeds arrived promptly and I have had nearly one hundred percent germination in only five days ( I use a heat mat.) I can't wait until transplant time and of course the first harvest. I will save some seeds, but I will surely want to try more of their different seeds next year.

Positive trishaa46
(1 review)
On Feb 20, 2011, trishaa46 Exeter, MO wrote:

This is the fourth year that I've ordered seed from TOMATOFEST. Each year my order gets bigger and bigger as there are just so many Heirloom tomatoes to choose from. I sewed my first batch of seeds on Jan. 12th of this year and by Jan. 15th already had seedlings. Now it's just a 2 1/2" jungle in my potting trays. It looks as though the germination rate is 100%. Everything I planted last year was prolific beyond my dreams as I shared with friends, neighbors and family.
The Aussie and Thieneman's Austrailian Heart were two that got raves.
I have another order in now...I'll just have to enlarge my garden!!!! Gary and Dagmar are the greatest people to deal with as I feel as though I know them. I can tell they love what they do and get great pleasure from pleasing their customers. You certainly won't go wrong ordering from TOMATOFEST for all of your Heirloom varieties.

Positive veggiesrule
(1 review)
On Feb 11, 2011, veggiesrule Petrolia, Ont,
Canada wrote:

This was the most positive experience I have ever had with a mail order company!! I am an avid Canadian gardener and was treated with utmost professionalism and courtesy. No question was left unanswered. Everything was sent in a timely manner. I had one small mistake in an order and this was resolved within HOURS!!! I will recommend this site to all of my gardening friends in my horticultural society and to my community. Thank you Gary and Dagma for such wonderful service, promptness and generosity!

Positive saracino11
(1 review)
On Feb 5, 2011, saracino11 Scarsdale, NY wrote:

I have been ordering from for the past 5 years and have nothing but great things to say from start to finish.

First the website has great details on their tomato varieties and they categorize them in many different ways as to find the perfect ones for you. There is also cutting-edge growing information provided for you such as the "Earthtainer" as well as great links on tomato gardening resources. They really want you to be successful. Any questions I sent in have been answered promptly, with care, concern and accuracy. They really know their stuff.

Second - Super speedy delivery. My package literally arrived across country from CA to NY in 3 days - I was thrilled. Speedy delivery

Third -The germination rate is 95% + on every variety every year. I have always had enough to share and have now developed a following around the spring " Hey Joe, does your wife have any of those tomato plants like last year"

The plants grow hearty and vigorously and yield just as described in their website. One of my favorites the Blondkopfchen" as my brother put it so well "has freakishly amazing amounts of tomatoes" I have no ground space and am forced to grow in pots and every year I have an abundant crop and after implementing the resources of the "Earthtainer" provided on their website I have surpassed productions of past years.

I have no need to look any further. You will certainly enjoy doing business with even just looking at the website is a thrill. No disappointments at all with this company

Enjoy and happy tomatoing.

Positive chaileyfarm
(1 review)
On Feb 4, 2011, chaileyfarm Purcellville, VA wrote:

This is the third year I am ordering from TomatoFest and can't imagine ordering from anyone else. The varieties are amazing and the germination rate excellent. If you don't know what to order (although the catalogue descriptions are good) talk to Gary. He is the tomato master.

Positive alpinejs
(1 review)
On Jan 31, 2011, alpinejs Alpine, CA wrote:

Planning to sell tomato seedlings, I ordered bulk for five heirlooms
and for the first planting of 180 had 97% germination. :) The second
planting was disaster due to soil (?) from a box store and my over-eagerness to plant. My third planting will rival the first and I
am a very happy camper with Gary Ibsen and Tomatofest. They were
very generous on their seed count also. I will recommend and repeat

Positive cboc
(2 reviews)
On Jan 25, 2011, cboc Waterville, NY wrote:

WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE: The website is well worth a visit: it has detailed descriptions of all the heirloom varieties, and everything you could possibly need to know about growing heirloom tomatoes. I contacted Gary through e-mail as I had a bit of a trouble with my browser, and found him to be most accommodating!

Positive AZHeirlooms
(1 review)
On Nov 27, 2010, AZHeirlooms Scottsdale, AZ wrote:

I grow heirloom tomatoes for local plant sales for spring and fall in Scottsdale, AZ. I have ordered tomato seeds from TomatoFest for the past five years. The selection is the best in the US and their service is outstanding. My germination rate from their seeds is between 90 and 100 percent. I have met Gary Ibsen at one of his TomatoFest celebrations in 2007 and he is a dedicated heirloom professional.

Positive ArizonaBorn
(6 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2010, ArizonaBorn Dalton, GA wrote:

I absolutely love the detail of the website and the attention to detail. This is my first time ordering from TomatoFest and since I am on a tight budget I ordered from the sales section. I ordered several determinate varieties because it is easier for me to maintain the lower growing/less vining varieties since I have two artificial hips. I not only received my seeds promptly - it really seemed like the next day - but I received a free packet of seeds that I was interested in growing!

I will post my results after the germination and/or growing season.

Positive LunarGarden
(2 reviews)
On Apr 19, 2010, LunarGarden Loveland, CO wrote:

I order from this company every year. They have a wonderful selection of heirloom tomatoes, each listed with valuable information about growing needs, days to fruit, and pictures of each variety. The shipping is prompt, and they always send me a free extra packet as a thank you of some variety I didn't order.

Yes, the seed quantity is small, but I don't mind as I feel it is worth it to have unusual and high quality plants in my garden.

The germination rate is about 80%, which is less than some other companies I've tried, but pretty good for touchy heirlooms.

Seeds stored in the freezer and germinated the following year have a lower rate, about 50%. But good enough to make it worthwhile.

The times I've contacted them with a question or an issue I've received response within 24 hours. Great customer service, great product. I'll order from them agian.

Positive OlgaGarden
(8 reviews)
On Feb 9, 2010, OlgaGarden Littleton, CO wrote:

Awesome company! The website is amazing to search through. All my seeds were in the box and I've got no complaints.

Positive funtomatoes
(6 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2010, funtomatoes Douglasville, GA wrote:

I ordered from Tomatofest last year and this year also. My germination rate was very high last year, I expect it to be high this year as well. you do have to order a minimum of $15, but tomato seeds remain viable for many years. The selection is staggering, with a lot of information on the site about how to grow tomatoes. Prices were fair, and shipping was very fast. I will order from them again..and again...and again, until I have tried at least 100 of the varieties they sell.

Positive ncseedsaver
(1 review)
On Jan 4, 2010, ncseedsaver Charlotte, NC wrote:

I ordered 28 packets of tomatoes on 12/27 and received them in less than one week. Everything was packed very neatly and I received an additional packet of seeds. I had a question I emailed to tomatofest and received a reply on a Sunday evening within hours.
Service was excellent, I expect the germination of the seeds will do just as great as the service I received.
Extremely happy doing business with this company!

Positive desertviking
(4 reviews)
On Dec 23, 2009, desertviking Albuquerque, NM wrote:

This is a great company. I sent an inquiry email asking for recommendations for tomatoes for very specific growing conditions and got a personal reply within 24 hours with over a dozen reccomended varieties. Customer service lives!

Positive gardadore
(21 reviews)
On Dec 21, 2009, gardadore Saylorsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I placed an order Dec. 2, 2009 and they were shipped on Dec. 9, 2009. Excellent service. I too received a bonus packet. While I have never grown seeds from this company previous reviews indicate I should have excellent germination. I echo the positive comments about the Website. It is a joy to visit and learn about the different varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes they grow organically.

Positive DEMinPA
(8 reviews)
On Dec 19, 2009, DEMinPA Selinsgrove, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I placed an order on 12/15/09 and received it on 12/19/09. Fast delivery plus a bonus pack. Will order from them again.
Don (DEMinPA)

Positive MinnesotaMike
(5 reviews)
On Dec 18, 2009, MinnesotaMike Saint Paul, MN wrote:

Ordered seeds on 12/07/09 via their internet ordering system and received seeds 12/18/09. All clearly marked in individual packets plus a freebe tomato packet. If they come up true (no reason to believe they won't) I'll order again. They also sent emails with an order confirmation on 12/07/09 and another email when they mailed the seeds.

Positive howie24
(4 reviews)
On Jul 23, 2009, howie24 Oakville,
Canada wrote:

I ordered 12 seed packets from their fantastic website. Seeds arrived promptly, a free pack was enclosed and all germinated without issue. E-mail inquiries regarding further shipments were responded to politely and promptly. I highly recommend this vendor.

Positive iguanda
(3 reviews)
On May 2, 2009, iguanda Erie, PA wrote:

Even if you never order seeds from them, the website alone is worth the money for its amazing selection and information. I am personally pleased to buy my seed from someone who is in the business because of their passion for tomato farming. The work is all done painstakingly by the owners. Amazing. Yes, there is a 15 dollar minimum, but it isn't hard to do when you consider the selections, and I have had great sucess with their seeds. I would highly recommend If for no other reason, you are supporting a "mom and pop"

On June 12th, 2009, iguanda added the following:

I can't say enough good things about these seeds. I have had close to 100% germination on 6 varieties and one variety, Sophie's Choice, germinated in only 3 days and was ready to transplant in two weeks (growing from my front window sill) These seeds "want to grow". Amazing. I have bought seed from several sources this year and none produced the results as good as these.
Positive RussMartin4154
(6 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2009, RussMartin4154 Omaha, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered 8 varieties of tomato seeds and (with their included bonus) received 9.

Just now, 8 days out, 7 of 9 have germinated at 70% to 100%; I'm still waiting on Abraham Lincoln and Arkansas Traveler.

After an "iffy" experience with Reimer (no communication over a billing issue--see my post there), it was a refreshing delight to have Dagma telephone me simply to verify my shipping address, which is not the same as my mailing address.

For that phone call alone, I give these folks an A-plus!

On April 29th, 2009, RussMartin4154 added the following:

One of the varieties in the abovementioned order was White Queen. When the seeds germinated, I was surprised to see that 75% were PL rather than RL. I E-mailed, questioning this, and received a prompt, courteous reply indicating that it was possible, but that they would send a replacement packet.

They did so--two, in fact, with lot numbers different than the first one I received. And they sent two different additional varieties. And they also sent a "bonus" packet. All by Priority Mail.

This attention to customer service impresses me. (Remember, I didn't even ask for a replacement, I just asked a question.)

Since I know of no higher rating than A-plus, I'll have to give them 11 points on the 10-point scale.
Positive beachhead2
(2 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2009, beachhead2 Hollis, NH wrote:

I ordered my seeds on The next week I received an email confirming that the order had shipped. I received the seeds exactly 10 days after placing my order. Keep in mind that they shipped from CA and I live in NH. Also, I chose the cheapest (and slowest) shipping option. So that was fast. Thank you very much!

Positive ndps99
(9 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2009, ndps99 Holyoke, MA wrote:

For many years, I have settled for the couple of varieties of tomato plants offered at local markets, put all that work into them only to get varieties and flavors that aren't much different from what's readily available fresh in stores during tomato season without all the work. This year, I decided I'd try growing from seed, with old or unusual heirloom varieties. A Google search brought me to Gary Ibsen's TomatoFest where I spent an inordinate amount of time reading the wealth of information and poring over the different varieties. The site itself is marvelous in every way and very easy to navigate.

Painfully, I had to limit myself to 5 varieties which arrived just a few days later. Gary included a packet of freebie seeds as well! That brought me to a total of 6 varieties.

Oddly, three of the varieties sprouted, and how! but three, including the freebie, did not. So I e-mailed Gary and two days later, I had replacements, including a replacement for the freebie and two more freebies! No questions asked. Now THAT is service.

But the plot, she thickens. One morning, several days ago, behold and lo, the three varieties that had 0% germination (whilst the others were about 98%!!) were all hatched! With a vigorous vengeance! So now I have all the original order and freebie growing nicely. As well, I have duplicates of all of those plus two MORE freebie varieties. If those all germinate at the same percentage as the others (98-99%), I will have tomato plants coming out of my ears and friends and neighbors will benefit!

For the record, I have tried to reimburse Gary for the replacement seeds now that we know the issue — whatever it may be — was on my end, and not an issue with the seeds, but he would have none of that.

10 out of 10 rating, and with highest recommendations!

Positive auntkel
(4 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2009, auntkel New Lothrop, MI wrote:

After placing my initial order and meeting the $15 minimum I realized that I'd forgotten to order one of my favorite tomato varieties. I emailed the company and asked if they'd sell me just one packet of seeds since I'd already placed my larger order. Gary Ibsen was very gracious and allowed me to purchase just one packet of seeds - and he included his usual free packet of seeds as well. This will be the first, and probably only, place where I order tomatoe seeds from now on.

I've ordered from them in the past as well and have always been impressed with the level of customer service. A couple of years ago 2 of the 12 or 15 types of seed I ordered from them failed to germinate. Thinking the fault was mine, maybe these particular varieties needed special treatment, I emailed the company. They promptly replaced the 2 varieties and they germinated beautifully.

Positive cg97005
(2 reviews)
On Feb 14, 2009, cg97005 Beaverton, OR wrote:

First of all the website is First Quality- with well written explanations and beautiful photos of every item I felt like I was making a well informed decision (Gary's passion for tomatoes is truly infectious).

I received the seeds 5 days after my order (which for the record I placed at 10 pm). It would have been expected that I would receive my order next week and was very surprised to get it today.

As for the $15 minimum- that's only approximately 5 packets of seeds (with 600 varieties available how hard would it be to find 5 that you want?).

And, yes the seeds all came in the same packages (I assume to keep printing costs down) but they are very clearly labeled so that really shouldn't be an issue.

And as a bonus I got a free packet of seeds...could it get better?

I'll update this post after harvest.

Positive selchie
(5 reviews)
On Feb 12, 2009, selchie Plainville, CT wrote:

I was looking for seeds of some heirloom tomatoes and a seach engine pointed me to this company. They had the ones that I was searching for so I ordered. They do have a fairly large minimum order for such a specialized company but I found enough interesting seeds to meet the minimum. I didn't receive the seed by the time that I thought reasonable and contacted them. They responed almost immediately with the word that the seed had been sent on a date that should have gotten them to me way before then. Without any prompting, they said that they would send a second shipment. They followed up with an email that one of the seeds was a duplicate with a different name so that they would choose something interesting to substitute. When the seed arrived in a day or two there were also 2 bonus packs. I haven't grown the seed yet but they certainly get an A+ for customer service!

Positive simmran1
(5 reviews)
On Feb 5, 2009, simmran1 Burlington, IA wrote:

What I like from any seed company is communication, and this is where Tomatofest shines. Excellent service, reasonable prices, and 1 week turnaround from my online order.

Positive daniel2000
(6 reviews)
On Sep 13, 2008, daniel2000 Somerset, KY wrote:

This is my second order for the year with Tomatofest.
The number of tomato varieties they carry is second to none that I have found in the USA.
Just like the first order earlier this year my seeds arrived within two days of placing my order on their website.
I am happy to be able to leave Positive feedback for this company. The Feedback I am leaving is deserved.

Positive msonmezay
(8 reviews)
On May 15, 2008, msonmezay Mission Hills, CA wrote:

I just ordered on Monday, and my seeds arrived this afternoon. Everything was there, nothing amiss.
They have sooo many different varieties that it was hard to choose! I will be looking forward to getting more seeds from them in the future. Thank you Tomatofest.

Positive Terry
(122 reviews)
On May 15, 2008, Terry Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I ordered tomato and pepper seeds from Tomatofest this year - everything arrived promptly, and just as I ordered. I thought a packet was missing, and contacted them and received a prompt and polite response. In the meantime, I found the stray packet buried on my desk ;o)

Positive stevejer
(4 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2008, stevejer Underwood, IA wrote:

My second year ordering from Tomatofest. Seeds arrived promptly, the variety is amazing and Gary's enthusiasm is contagious. I would recommend this company to any tomato lover.

Positive jimh6278
(3 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2008, jimh6278 Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

First time user with good success. I like the fact they accept Paypal. It makes my ordering easy. My internet order was shipped promptly. I use a Park seed starting cube with sponges and a heat pad under lights and had 11 of 12 seeds sprout within 5 days. 4 varieties. Same germination rate I got from Johnny’s.

I will update this fall when I know whether the seeds are true to standard.

On November 24th, 2008, jimh6278 added the following:

The season has ended and I wanted to update the rating. The seeds i purchased grew tomatoes true to the description, a problem I have had with other suppliers. I strongly recommend this supplier for those who value good tomatoes. I would also like to recommend the book, The Great Tomato Book, sold through this site. I has information even for the experienced tomato grower.
Positive seedgeek
(4 reviews)
On Feb 17, 2008, seedgeek Jonesboro, AR wrote:

My order for seven packets of tomato seed was made online with ease. I promptly received an email confirmation of the order, listing the varieties ordered. The order was sent promptly, and the varieties sent were correct.
When I received the order, I had a question about one of the packets, emailed the company, and received a prompt reply.
As this is my first time to order from this company, I cannot comment on quality of seed. I will post again later in the year when I see how well the seeds grow.

On July 4th, 2008, seedgeek added the following:

As promised, will now report on germination of the seeds purchased this year. Due to storms destroying the first set of seedlings, we have had to start seedlings twice this year, and both times the seeds have shown near-100% germination. The seedlings are healthy and growing well. We are pleased with the product and will order again in the future!
Positive taynors
(4 reviews)
On Jan 17, 2008, taynors none of ur business, OK (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this site.
I did have trouble ordering online, it wouldn't take my credit card. I emailed Gary and got a answer the same day. He told me he would fix the problem.
I was contacted in two days over the phone and they took my order over the phone . Turns out i put visa instead of master card. That was the mix up on my part. woops My Bad.
They were very helpful and very efficient. I am very impressed at their customer service.
I will do another order again with them

Positive ktkawaguchi
(2 reviews)
On Apr 20, 2007, ktkawaguchi Woodland, CA wrote:

I ordered 9 varieties from tomatofest. Of those 9, 1 was incorrect (Wisconsin 55 vs Wins All) and what I figured was an honest mistake since they are so close alphabetically. The intial order arrived very quickly.

I had email exchanges with Gary Ibsen personally who takes customer service very seriously. In the end, he made it right and I am quite satisfied. From the time he personally handled the situation, I had the replacements within 1 or 2 days.

In the case of an honest mistake, I think the judgement should fall on the end result rather than the mistake.

I like the selection of interesting and some hard to find varieties and look forward to further tomato tasting adventures next year too. I will be a repeat customer.

Positive Pegasus4u
(1 review)
On Feb 25, 2007, Pegasus4u Rock Hill, SC wrote:

I placed an order with Tomatofest,the order never arrived. I sent them a simple e-mail inquiring of my seed. I was contacted within 24hrs. Gary made sure I hadn't thrown the package away by mistake. He promptly sent me another duplicate replacement. They tracked the order and even called to make sure I hadn't received the first missing package. I wished everyone was so concientious about customer service.

Positive elkwc36
(24 reviews)
On Nov 29, 2006, elkwc36 Elkhart, KS wrote:

I emailed for Gary's opinion on tomato varieties and he answered in a few hours. I ordered last Friday and the seeds were here in KS. in Monday's mail. Will update after planting about germination. The service has been second to none so far.

On January 27th, 2007, elkwc36 added the following:

Placed another order with them this week. Was here in three days. Can't believe the quick service. Most packs have extra seeds. Very satisfied so far. Jay
On June 17th, 2007, elkwc36 added the following:

I had from 90 to 100% germination on all varieties I purchased and sowed from Tomatofest. I had seed from about 5 vendors that all germinated in this range and then the rest fell off some. All have grown true to leaf form also. I will do business again. And Gary has the best communication of over 14 vendors I've done business with and extremely honest and fair. None better.
Positive chickiebob
(1 review)
On Jul 10, 2006, chickiebob Tampa, FL wrote:

Ordered 10 varieties of heirloom tomato seeds. All germinated well except Hawaiian Currant, which was promptly replaced by Gary at no charge (different lot #) . Second batch germinated and we love them . They are our favorite tomato-- Tiny but very tasty. Everyone should have these in a pot or garden.

Positive slushymushpuppy
(2 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2006, slushymushpuppy Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I recieved the seeds in just a few days and all seem to germinating quite well.

Positive toni5735
(1 review)
On Jan 28, 2006, toni5735 Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Wow, excellent and fast service. I ordered seeds on 1/26/06 via TomatoFest's website and received my seeds two days later on 1/28/06! Got all 5 of my selections and a freebie too. The seed count looks great also with at least 40 seeds to a pack.

I will definitely order from TomatoFest again and would recommend it to anyone looking for heirloom seeds.

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