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Breeding and Genetics

Microberry Tomato Breeding Project

Microberry was bred in Austria in 2008 by breeder, Lukas Wallmann. It was trialed and selected by a group of 63 people, Lukas thought this would be a better idea since he had little space of his own. It is an open source licensed strain (no seed sales without permit, not available for patent). The […]

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history

The Story Behind McClure’s Fantastic Bloody Mary Mix

From hobby to 7,000 bottles per week What started as a hobby using Great-Grandmother Lala’s dill pickle recipe is now a thriving international business for brothers and cofounders Joe and Bob McClure. Based in Detroit, Michigan, McClure’s Pickles now produces 6,000 to 7,000 bottles of pickles a day, four days a week, and they’re having […]

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Entomology

Q&A with Andrea Clapp, Tomato Farmer

World Tomato Society: What is the reason you started growing tomatoes? How long have you been doing it? Andrea Clapp: I’ve loved tomatoes since as far back as my memory allows and have been growing them since then as well. I first started with my dad in our family garden, and when I was about […]

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history

From the Archives of Tomato History

The knowledge and beauty in vintage seed catalogs Contemporary seed catalogs sell with colorful, eye-catching photography, capturing bold blueberries, emerald broccoli crowns, vibrant orange peppers, and tomatoes in a rainbow of red, gold, and purple. It wasn’t always this way, however. In an 1893 Cox Seed & Plant Co. catalog, for example, seed descriptions curve […]

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food

Eat Your Drink with Modern Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello

His book, Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails, explains why many call him a “liquid chef”. “Liquid chef” is a term that many hospitality gurus have bantered around when speaking of the award-winning Matthew Biancaniello, who just might have coined the phrase “culinary cocktails.” The wizard behind the glass in a dapper red fedora started his […]

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Garden

August

This calendar’s monthly planting guidelines are based on USDA zone 9, but they are adaptable to most zones. To find your zone, go to the National Gardening Association’s website. If your zone is 7, 8, or 9, you can safely use this guide. If your zone is 4, 5, or 6, then add a month […]

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