Azoychka somehow defies the physical boundaries of tomato possibility. It manages to come on early, out-yield its beefsteak friends throughout the summer and continue pumping out the pounds well into the fall after all other varieties have long senesced. AND, it manages this all while boasting an excellent, slightly citrusy flavor and never getting mealy. The beautiful yellow-orange fruits are a 3-5” round and oblate, weighing between 10-16 oz. Every year we dedicate a large portion of our tomato greenhouses exclusively to this variety for CSA and wholesale production. Kent Wheatly, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange brought Azoychka back from Russia in 1995 during one of his collection trips. It has since become a favorite of northern growers across the U.S.
Days to Maturity: 65
Latin name: Solanum lycopersicum
Life cycle for seed saving: Annual
Start indoors mid-March through early May. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 75-85°. Seed depth: 1/8”. Plant spacing: deter. 12-18”, indeter. 24-36”. Harden off before planting in ground. Plant in full sun after danger of frost has passed. Indeterminate varieties will require trellising.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!