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Blaby Special

About Blaby Special

An heirloom tomato from England. It had been grown at Shoult’s Farm in Blaby, Leicestershire from the turn of the 20th century until 1948. It was an extremely popular tomato and had high praise for its taste. When the farm closed the variety became extinct in cultivation and was considered lost. Seeds recently found at seed bank in The Netherlands, grown out and distributed by Russel Sharp of the Lancaster Environment Center. Introduced in SSE 2008 Yearbook by Neil Gillard, Ontario. Indeterminate, regular leaf plant produces 4 oz., small red tomatoes, very uniform in size and shape. Very good balanced flavor. Extremely productive, perfectly shaped, and blemish free. Ideal tomato for organic farmers market!

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    John Morey

    I was born in Blaby 75 years ago where, as a young boy, I played in the then derelict Tomato Farm in the 1950s, until it became housing. It was so overgrown, with just foundations of abandoned greenhouses over the acres of land between Grove Road and Auburn Road, the grass grew tall, and dry, in the summer, so we built grass huts and made our camp. I would love to get hold of some seeds. Any clues where I might find some? John Morey, Devon, UK

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      Dorota Basiura Editor

      Hi John, beautiful story, thank you for sharing! Seeds are available at or at
      Wish you luck!

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    Glenn North

    Were can I obtain these seeds .been a tomato man for years and would love to grow these as a Leicester chap

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      Dorota Basiura Editor

      Hi Glenn, please check at


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