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A family heirloom from Poland. Maintained, and named, by Bill Malin of Hillsboro, New Mexico. From an interview with Bill Malin:
“My first interest in potato leaf tomatoes began in 1944 at the age of 6 when I first became aware of and began to participate in gardening with my paternal grandfather, Charles Sokolowski. Grandpa Charlie, as I called him, was a Polish coal miner who came to this country in 1904 as a young man and settled in the Scranton, PA area (Dickson City, PA). My grandpa soon found work in the anthracite coal mines around Dickson City, PA. In 1904 my grandpa brought from Poland, seeds of an unnamed tomato variety that his family had grown in Poland for 3 generations, thus dating this heirloom to the 1840’s. I later named this unnamed family heirloom Grandpa Charlie in his honor.” First offered in the Seed Savers 2006 Yearbook by Neil Lockhart of Oblong, Illinois. First offered commercially by Victory Seed Company in 2008. Indeterminate, potato leaf plant produces, smooth pink beefsteaks, 8-12 oz, meaty, with very good flavor.