Above is the flower from an open-pollinated heirloom variety of tomato that I have grown every year since 2009. “Cabin” was the name on the list I chose from at Wintersown.org. This tomato was listed as RARE on their listing that year and has been absent from the list ever since. It’s by-far my favorite tomato and it’s a personal project to continue this fruit, as I could be literally the only person growing it anywhere right now.
Cabin tomato has shown itself to be resistant to the blights that my tomatoes end up getting eventually during most growing seasons. Where my other plants have already died in August or September, Cabin has continued to grow until first frost around Halloween. Cabin provided me with a red tomato (picked green) on Thanksgiving one year. That’s pretty good for Illinois.
The green tomatoes shown in this post should ripen to a nice dark pink tone within 2 weeks. They are usually 3 to 8 ounces, with the average more towards 4 ounces.
Many of my Cabin tomato flowers were multi-blossoms this year, so I might get a couple of fused fruit that are larger than normal. As you probably saw from the photos, Cabin is a potato-leaf type tomato. Oh, taste! Cabin is excellent eating. It’s meaty, average in acidity and works equally well for eating raw or cooking into sauces.
Finally, I don’t want to be the only grower saving seeds for this tomato. If you are interested in also growing Cabin next year, and will save seeds from it to keep this heirloom around for the future, please let me know. If you have trouble with blights and want a plant that will grow along while others struggle in the same spot, please consider Cabin.