Did you know there are awards given for plants? I sure didn’t until I stumbled across an article in my local paper. As avid horticulturists around the country strive to improve strains of existing plants, All American Selections issues awards for the best results each year.
One of the winners for 2013 is a cherry tomato variety called the Jasper F1.
This fabulous little plant produces cherry tomatoes that are resistant to blight, and produce high-yields with little fertilization. The coolest thing? This variety was developed by a company called Johnny’s Selected Seeds – a company from Winslow, Maine! And this isn’ a first time win for the Maine company either -they have several seed varieties that have been past winners.
Thanks to my current seed mania, I couldn’t let this news sit idle in my brain. I ordered a packet of the Jasper F1’s and a packet of the Diva a cucumber, a past winner of Johnny’s.
The seeds were pricey, as was the shipping, but I just had to have them – I love to support local companies and I’m intrigued by trying these prize winning vegetables in my garden. I can’t wait to see how they stack up the other varieties I already have.