About Our Organic Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Through the years, Dagma and I continued TomatoFest Garden Seeds to cultivate many hundreds of heirloom tomato and open-pollinated tomato varieties to ensure that we can continue to share the seed legacy of these wonderful foods. Learn more About Us.
We take the growing, nurturing, harvesting and management of our heirloom tomato seed crop very seriously and personally. This is a family business. The tomatoes and seeds we grow are part of our extended family. We are responsible stewards of the land and the integrity that sustains our personal lives is extended to our business.
Gary Cleaning Tomato Seeds
We grow between 600 - 650 heirloom tomato varieties every year and feature more than 650 tomato varieties at TomatoFest®. You benefit from the meticulous selection practice we insist upon for our TomatoFest® seeds! All tomato varieties listed are open-pollinated and most are heirloom tomato varieties. We carry no hybrid varieties (unless they are the few varieties that I have de-hybridized over the years).
We grow our heirloom tomatoes on healthy, mineral-rich, certified organic land. We practice crop rotation, feed the soil off-season with cover crops, and fertilize our plants with an abundant selection of organic minerals. All of our seeds are 100% Certified Organic: See more information about our Organic Certification.
Unlike many other tomato seed suppliers, who may source their seed from independent contractors, where quality is difficult to maintain, our family grows and harvests our own Certified Organic heirloom tomato seeds by hand, to ensure you the finest quality heirloom tomato seeds. We GUARANTEE our seeds!
Night-time Tomato Seed Counting
TomatoFest® does not use GMO's. To be Certified Organic, we prove the absence of any transgenic germplasm in our source material, seed production, cleaning, storage and shipping. All our seeds are free from GMO's. Our seeds are extracted from selected fruit by hand, and prepared through a natural fermentation process to remove any possible disease pathogens.
Within our seed selection, we feature many "cooler climate" tomato varieties that are better suited to colder growing climates. Most of these varieties originate from the cooler growing areas in Russia and other northern growing areas. Many of these varieties can flourish within these cooler weather conditions regardless of whether they are early, mid-season or late maturing varieties, but most are early maturing varieties suited for shorter growing seasons. Successful tomato gardening benefits from your understanding of the hardiness zone of your region. For more information about what your minimum temperature is you can check what your zone is on our USDA Zone Chart.
Our Seed Catalog is only online. Much of my adult life was spent in the pleasure of pouring through seed catalogs. I kept stacks of them next to the bedside table for late night reading. So, I appreciate those of you who desire having a printed catalog. However, after many years in the magazine publishing business and seeing the tremendous waste of our resources in the printing, mailing and paper use, I saw a need to do things differently.
When I left publishing for tomato growing I chose to make use of the computer technology available and consciously support conservation and earth friendliness, by developing an online catalog that was informative, user friendly, easily accessible and entertaining.
Seed pricing: Our average price is $3 for a pack of 25-30 seeds. That's enough to plant now, share, and even save for next year. (Note: Some other seed suppliers who, at first glance, may appear to be lower priced by offering you a pack of 10 - 20 seeds for $2, or a pack of 20 seeds for $3.That's almost $6 and $4.50 respectfully for a pack of 30 seeds.) Our price is mostly reflective of availability and scarcity of seed. Rare and hard to find tomato seeds are generally more costly. Since we harvest many varieties by hand, our seed harvest volumes are considerably less than companies that can mass-produce fewer seed varieties. Also, we carry the extra cost of providing you Certified Organic seed.
Bulk Seed Orders: We do offer bulk orders for our tomato seed sales. Please e-mail me and let me know the amount of each variety you want and I'll get back to you with a pricing. My discount pricing off retail is based upon how much stock I have in inventory, the size of your order and how rare the seed variety.
Given good germination and growing conditions, TomatoFest® Certified Organic heirloom tomato seeds will produce excellent, delicious fruit for you. Thank you for your loyal support of organic tomato seeds.