Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum

$4.95

25 seeds
80-90 days. Big orange beefsteak, highly productive with a well-balanced flavor profile. Fruits are 1-2 pounds, refreshingly sweet with slight saltiness. On our farm, we found that Kellogg’s Breakfast continue to produce fruits later than most beefsteak tomato types. The tomato was grown by Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan, from whom it gets its name. Darrell gave the seeds to Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin who made them available through the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook in 1993.  Its origins trace back to West Virginia. Ripe fruits have golden apricot color with juicy flesh that holds its shape after being sliced. We think this is a spectacular tomato for eating fresh on sandwiches and salads. A thick slice of Kellogg’s Breakfast with a hearty piece of toast makes a wonderful summer snack any time of day. Indeterminate. AA

Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Frequent watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.