Knox Vegas “Farms” will not be selling tomato plants this year

Heirloom Tomatoes

For those of you that aren’t local readers, just ignore this post unless you’re fascinated with heirloom tomatoes. I’m trying to get word out to the wonderful people that have bought tomatoes from Marcus and me for the last 7 years.

Knox Vegas “Farm” will not be selling our heirloom tomato, eggplant and pepper plants this year at the Market Square Farmers Market. This would have been our 8th year selling. I’m quite heartbroken. I love being a part of the community of vendors. I adore talking to people about gardening and helping beginning gardeners succeed with their first attempts.

As I’ve stated before – heirloom tomatoes are my drug of choice, and it’s my mission in life to get as many people as I can addicted to them. Marcus and I are really going to miss being a part of all that this year. However, I’m dealing with some health issues, and it’s too much for Marcus to do this all by himself. We don’t really have a choice other than to skip this year.

I figure the only people who check my blog will be our hardcore customers. You all are awesome, and I hope to get to talk to you when we visit the Market Square Farmer’s Market every week this year.

I will be glad to grow a few plants for my friends & regular customers, as long as I have the seeds for the variety you want, or you’re willing to order those seeds. My cut-off limit for this is 100 plants – I won’t be able to deal with higher numbers of plants. Make sure to talk to me before you buy seeds. There are a lot of seed companies that don’t have very viable seed, or their seeds don’t grow true to type. I can also combine seed orders to save you money on shipping.  

Here are links to the lists of tomatoes I’ve grown through the last few years:
2012 list
2011 list
2010 list 

Those of you who have bought from us understand that I always try a few new varieties each year. I haven’t narrowed which varieties down yet, but if you want to give any of these new varieties a shot, let me know. And if you’d rather I just pick out some for you to try, I’m glad to do that too. Just let me know if you have any specific things you want, like size, color, shape or use for the tomatoes.

Those of you who live locally, can you share this post either on Facebook or email to friends that have been customers in the past? It looks like it’s going to be an early spring this year, and I’m worried people will wait to buy plants from us and won’t buy tomato seedlings from another source. 

As always, if you have questions about varieties (or just gardening in general), please email me at the address on my ‘About‘ page or reply to this post, and I’ll be glad to help. Remember that a lot of heirloom varieties sold at various garden centers near us do not do well here. I’d be glad to give you my opinion on any variety you might find. And as I tell you every year: no matter what Martha Stewart says, don’t buy Brandywine! It produces very poorly in our region.

I’m going to miss you all so much this year!!!!!

Tomato seedlings

7 Comments on Knox Vegas “Farms” will not be selling tomato plants this year

  1. The Modern Gal
    March 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Awwww, sad day — but sometimes something’s got to give, and I can imagine this is a lot of hard work.

    Would you be willing to grow a Sun Gold for me? I’ve had such good luck with those each year I’ve gotten one from you.

  2. Kristina
    March 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I will definitely be growing Sungolds and can save however many you may want. I do not understand why other growers don’t sell those plants. It’s so strange.

  3. Darlynne
    March 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Not much grows well here in Reno, but I always enjoyed reading about the tomatoes, and everything else. Here’s to better days for you.

    • Kristina
      March 2, 2013 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Darilynne – we’re making it, but tomatoes had to be put on hold this year. That does not mean that I won’t speak rapturously about them. That could never happen.

  4. Dianne
    March 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    My husband and I have done the Market Square Farmer’s Market for the last six years! Wht name do you use on your booth, and where are you usually set up? I may have been customer in the past, as I love, love, love, heirloom tomatoes!! I’ve tried to grow my own over the last several years. I will look forward to reading your posts about tomatoes as I plan on growing some again this year. :)

    My husband is a wood turner and our booth is Tellico Turnings and the last couple of years we have set up in front of the bell. I hope to drop by for a visit this year. I’d love to meet you. :)

  5. Aubrie
    April 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I am pulling for you! Bought mortgage lifter and german red strawberry past 3 years. Love you guys! Any tips on maybe where or who to acquire seeds for these or seedlings that maybe similar?

    • Kristina
      April 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Baker’s Creek Seeds, Sand Hill Preservation Center & the Tomato Growers Supply company are great choices. I actually didn’t get any seeds started so I’m buying seedlings this year. I’m almost embarrassed. The Farmer’s co-op on Rutledge Pike has some heirlooms. I picked up some Rutgers there and a few Early Girls(not heirloom). Greg who sells at the farmer’s market usually has a pretty good selection – he’s the guy with the truck. I haven’t checked out Stanley’s yet. Look for anything listed as an oxheart for a GRS substitute. And DON’T BUY BRANDYWINE!!! :D It grows great in areas like New York. It produces horribly here.


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