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From a volunteer plant from Gary Millwood’s friends Teresa and Raphe, who grow for the Farmer’s Market in Lexington, Frankfort and Cincinnati and sometimes Louisville. Teresa and Raphe stabilized this variety for 10 years and shared the seed with Gary. Named after Raphe and Teresa’s farm in Wheatley, Kentucky.
Gary sent the seed to Tatiana Kouchnareva in October 2006 and mentioned that she was the first person he had shared the seed with outside of Kentucky. Since then Gary distributed the seeds to quite a few tomato growers and this variety quickly made its way into commercial seed catalogs.
Introduced commercially by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in 2008. Indeterminate, regular leaf plants produce 6-8 oz., medium-sized, flattened, red beefsteaks with slightly ribbed shoulders, Juicy. Very good rich, complex flavors.
Copyrighted © photo by Julien Schmit courtesy of Tatiana’s TOMATObase.
Seeds available at Tatiana’s TOMATObase Seed.