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|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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!
|On Jan 17, 2008, taynors none of ur business, OK (Zone 5b) wrote:
I love this site.
|On Jun 16, 2007, BDale60 Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Last season (2006) I ordered several tomato packets from this company for the first time. Germination rates were terrible. The main reasons I am not posting a "Negative" rating is because I made no effort to seek redress from the company so I cannot say what efforts would have been made to satisfy my complaint. Like many gardeners, I order seed from multiple companies and try a new company now and then just to see what happens. Fortunately, I had good results from my old reliable seed sources in 2006 so I just chalked it up to bad luck. Also like many gardeners I tend to blame myself or fate when things don't work out, but having grown tomatoes from seed successfully for more than ten years I have to wonder why the seed from a particular company doesn't germinate when the same conditions produce positive results with seed from other sources. I'll just say "Buyer Beware" with this particular company and let others judge for themselves.
On Jun 16, 2007, TomatoFest.com responded with:
On Jun 16, 2007 12:12 PM, Tomatofest.com added:
If this customer had notified me of any difficulty I would have immediately resolved the problem. Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing what variety proved to be the problem. Without customer communication there is no way to track the source of the problem. By not contacting me the source of difficulty remains unknown.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|On Jun 23, 2006, araness Auburn, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
Planted 3 different variety of tomato seeds and had 50% or less germination from all three. Other seeds purchased from another company planted at the same time have 99% germination.
|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.
|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.
|On Jan 27, 2006, komposter Spokane, WA wrote:
Several years ago, I became tired of the same old tough supermarket tomatoes, and so, I tried to grow tomatoes in my own home garden. I had mixed results, but the main disappointment was that the tomatoes I harvested, were simply more plain old red tomatoes. Better, fresh, yes, but I wondered where I could get seeds for some of the exotic 'foreign' tomatoes I ate during my travels in South America.
|On Jan 18, 2006, cprice4265 Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:
Buyer Beware! I just ordered over $300 worth of tomatoes. This company uses old stock and charges a high price. Some of my packs were dated back to 2003. Not one of the 75 packages I received was for 2006. I grow heirloom tomatoes for chef's and buy from several companies around the world and have never seen such poor communication and customer service. I asked for a receipt and was never sent one. I asked for bulk pricing information and was never responded to. Buyer, there are much better choices for your purchases, no matter how tempting the website looks.
On January 26th, 2006, cprice4265 added the following:
After reading my posting on Garden Watchdog, I was contacted by Mr. Ibsen of Tomatofest on 1/22. Mr. Ibsen offered the following response to my posting.
My post: This company uses old stock and charges a high price. Some of my packs were dated back to 2003. Not one of the 75 packages I received was for 2006.
Reply from Mr. Ibsen: The number on my seed packets is the paper stock number from the printing company. Per Mr. Ibsen, since harvest 2005, all seeds are packaged for 2006.
My intention was never to post inaccurate data against Tomatofest. Whenever I purchase a packet of seed, there is a date that tells me I am buying a current pack of seeds. Not one of my packets contains a “Date Packed” number. The only number combination that could be a date, is the number 12.2003 leading me to believe that I had received old seed stock. I suggested to Mr. Ibsen that his package be redesigned to show the consumer clearly, what date the package was packed. I had contacted Tomatofest via email asking for clarification about the dates before I posted to this site. When I did not receive a response from the company I posted to Garden Watchdog. Per Mr. Ibsen, he was unable to respond to my email question due to health issues and being on the east coast for a week.
Missing receipt/shipping list has been received
Bulk seed question has been answered
On July 9th, 2006, cprice4265 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
|On Dec 28, 2005, Suze_ (Zone 7b) wrote:
I really, really hesitated on whether or not to make the rating an actual negative, but decided to give the benefit of the doubt here, since I have only ordered once from the company:
|On May 1, 2005, buzzbuzz77 Urbana, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered several (8, I think) varieties of heirloom tomato seeds and have had germination problems with only one variety. The other seven are growing - strong and healthy. Ordering online was easy, descriptions and pictures were fantastic, and I received my seeds promptly with a bonus package included. Will definately order from this company again. Now...what to do with all those tomatos this summer....?
|On Apr 6, 2005, rosc2112 Pittston, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Ordered quite a few heirloom vars from this company last fall. Planted them going on 4 weeks ago now, and have only got 2 vars that sprouted at all, and a very poor germination ratio. So disappointed.. The seed trays were in a warm greenhouse with plenty of humidity, and other viable seeds have sprouted no problems.
|On Mar 5, 2005, Phaethon Athens,
I have ordered seeds four times from TomatoFest and my experience has always been great.
|On Jan 28, 2005, LooneyLinda Mantua, UT (Zone 4b) wrote:
What a fantastic assortment of tomato seeds. I have never had so much fun looking at seeds and so much difficulty
|On Jan 6, 2005, sderemer Monticello, WI wrote:
An outstanding collection of heirloom tomato seeds with nice writeups about each. I ordered some 30 varieties last spring. One was missing and Gary personally responded to my email and sent not only the missing variety, but 3 others for me to experiment with. Germination rates were excellent and all were true to variety descriptions. Minimum order requirement, but this is not a big issue because tomato seeds can keep for years if stored properly.
|On Jan 3, 2005, mes Lawrence, KS wrote:
I just tried to order seeds from Tomatofest, after poring over its website at great length. Looks so good; but only when I tried to order seeds was I informed that I must make a minimum order of $15 to buy items from this company. Nowhere on Tomatofest's homepage or in the instructions for using the online catalogue of seeds is this minimum purchase mentioned. I realize that websites and online use of credit cards cost money, and Tomatofest is within its rights to impose a minimum order so that it can turn a profit. But I think that the owner should be upfront about the minimum purchase requirement. I subsequently ordered less than $15 of organic, heirloom tomato seeds from another company that does not have a minimum purchase requirement.
|On Jan 27, 2004, dlmorrow Springfield, MA wrote:
I love this site! If you are a tomato love don't miss this site.
|On Apr 21, 2003, graffixalley Laurelville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
So far so good! This is my first time ordering from Tomatofest.com and out of the dozen varieties I ordered, all arrived with more than the 30 seeds promised. I now have about 400 plants out of the expected 360! Some are still sprouting after 3 weeks in the growing medium, so I don't know the germination rate exactly. Now, if I can find space to plant all of them...
|On Mar 2, 2002, DrMikeG Indianola, IA wrote:
I ordered several packets of organic heirloom variety tomatos last month (2/2002). The seed packets arrived quickly and they threw in a bonus packet of seeds. The variety selection is vast and ordering is easy. I am very pleased with this company.
On March 29th, 2002, DrMikeG added the following:
My seeds from Tomatofest.com have a germination rate of approximately 95% (1 out of 20 cells). Excellent seed.
On June 9th, 2002, DrMikeG added the following:
I meant to say 1 of 20 failed to germinate. Anyhow, they are now vigorously growing and about 3 feet tall!