WOW! I have never grown such big fruits from this variety before! If you just joined this web site, let me fill you in. I have been saving seeds from “Cabin” tomatoes and regrowing them for the last few years. The plants seem really disease resistant, and I love the taste!
I have saved one batch of seeds, which was about the amount that covered a small dinner plate. Those are in the freezer now, and will be tested for viability soon.
I have a second batch of seeds fermenting in a quart jar right now, and that should provide another few hundred seeds.
I plan to send out up to 50 (give or take) envelopes of seeds for this variety of tomato to folks willing to send in a picture of their efforts to grow it in 2013, and who will try to save seeds for the next season.
Some have already sent me their addresses (thank you!), and I hope to collect a few more.
I have been seeing some Cabin tomatoes that are much larger than the last 3 years. I guess when they get full sun they produce at a better size!
I saved seeds from these two tomatoes. They are fermenting in this jar on my counter. Soon I’ll clean them and dry them.
Only 4 of the 8 people who said that they wanted to grow Cabin tomatoes next year have sent me their mailing address. If you are interesting in growing Cabin and you didn’t reply to my e-mail last week, please comment here.
My first 6 pounds of ripe tomatoes. They’re an ugly bunch, due to the weather, but they’ll taste fine when I make them into salsa!
I didn’t even see the squash bug in person. I only noticed him in iPhoto. This is a Cabin plant. I’ll be saving a whole bunch of seeds soon.
Look how big my green tomatoes are getting! These are still from the first flush on the Giant Syrian plant. Too bad only 1 out of 25 flowers are turning into green tomatoes now. They don’t like to set fruit when the weather is this hot.
Soon these will be ripe and I’ll be able to can up some salsa!
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.
The tomatoes are growing fast and will have to be tied up soon. There are many flowers on them–this plant has about 40 or 50 right now–and as those green fruit grow larger their weight will make the plant top-heavy. I let my craft son S. have all my extra garden twine, so I’ll have to go out and buy some more.
Giant Syrian Tomato, May 2012
Big Boy Tomato, May 2012
The tomatoes are starting to grow well for me in their new boxes. As you might be able to see I have planted each one with two basil friends to keep it company, and nature has planted several annoying wanna-be friends in there too.
The wire tomato cages are only there to steady the plant long enough for it to grow strong outdoors. I expect these tomatoes will end up 8 feet tall, up and over the roof by August.
The boards are warping a bit, so I think I’ll have to hit them with some sand paper on a nice dry day to even things up again.