Amish Paste Tomato is oval or acorn shaped, 8-12 oz., with deep red fruits that have thick flesh and very few seeds. Amish Paste Tomato is an indeterminate (continuously growing vine that will continue to set and ripen fruit until killed off by frost) variety that is an Amish heirloom originally from Lancaster PA, and one of Slow Food USA’s “Ark of Taste” varieties. Its world-class flavor makes this tomato perfect for canning and sauces and eating right off the vine.
Planting and Care: Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in the spring for the earliest harvest, maintaining a soil temperature of 75 degrees. Shift hardened seedlings to the garden shortly after the last frost. Grow in the full sun. Water regularly at ground level and fertilize the plants when they are 6″ tall and again in mid-summer. Stake or cage the plants to support branches and save space. Pick the fruit carefully when they are a uniform, deep-red color and firm but before they begin to soften.
Tomatoes grow well with asparagus, basil, beans, carrots, celery, chives, cucumber, garlic, head lettuce, marigold, mint, nasturtium, onion, parsley, peas, peppers and marigold. Basil will repel flies and mosquitoes from your tomato plants while also improving the growth and flavor. Beebalm, chives and mint will improve the health and flavor of your tomatoes. Keep potatoes, fennel, dill, cabbage and cauliflower away from your tomato plants.
For container gardening, use a large container, at least 18″ wide and 2 feet deep with a serious stake or trellis/cage.
Germ: 7-14 days at 60-80° F
Maturity: 75-85 days
Net Wt. per Packet: 125 milligrams
Approximate Seed per pkt: 35