Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tomato Girl/ Tomato Baby Company Review and Giveaway!

Tomato Baby Company is devoted to growing the tomato and pepper seedlings that their customers want.
This company was formed as a sort of a co-op to provide the many types of plants gardeners want to try at a fair, decent price.
Substantial, quality plants are their goal and they will continue to grow them for you, as long as they get the quantity of orders they need to operate.

So, please pass their name on to your gardening friends and neighbors, hobbyists and commercial growers alike!

Remember to shop for tomato, pepper and basil plants and seedlings here because they ship throughout the continental United States!

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. 

 I have not yet received my plants, but I wanted to do a preliminary review anyway! The wonderful plants at Tomato Girl/Tomato Baby Company sell out rather quickly, and I want my giveaway winner to be able to choose something awesome before they are all gone! I will be posting another (more detailed) review when the tomato plants get to me (and into my garden)!

When I contacted Tomato Baby, I got a response quicker than I expected. I had the pleasure of speaking with Alainia (the owner) several times. She was very kind and so very helpful. By browsing her site, you can really tell how committed she is to her tomato babies. She made a few suggestions on how, what, and when to order. You can really tell that she is genuinely helpful and involved, not just trying to make a sale like a lot of other companies I have ordered from in the past.

The Tomato Baby website has SO many different varieties of tomatoes as well as several other veggies to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming (especially for the beginner gardener.) Luckily, the site has an option to have the grower pick the plants for you. All you have to do is leave a detailed description of what it is you are looking for. For instance, when I ordered I  put in the description box:

1 unique cherry tomato variety that will be great in salads.
1 variety that is perfect for cooking (stuffing)
1 variety that produces striped fruits.
1 variety that loves hot climates and is disease resistant.
1 variety that produces HUGE fruit.
1 variety that that has an early season.
1 variety that just sounds cool, and will make me proud when showing it to others!
(can be a mixture of each quality! Such as a large, striped tomato that is great for cooking, etc.) I typically only enjoy cherry tomatoes, so I am trying to focus more on those.

I tried to follow Alainia's suggestions:

How should a new customer pick plants? Pick at least one for:

  • taste alone
  • its color (black, white, yellow, orange, green, even striped jobs)
  • production - so there WILL be guaranteed tomatoes
  • disease resistance
  • its size (Big ones, little ones, Huge ones)
  • an early season (60 days is about the earliest)
  • a mid-season variety (approximately 80 days)
  • late season (90-100 days) - probably worth the wait!
  • something that just sounds cool....there is a lot of character in these plant names and their histories
  • cherry tomatoes for the babies and grandbabies

  • I am super excited and cannot wait to see what she sends me!! 

    ONE lucky winner will get to pick 5 plants of their choosing from the Tomato Baby company. Giveaway is open to the continental US only, and will end on April 21! To enter,  just leave a comment below telling me what plants you would choose. For extra entries leave separate comments for:

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    Thank you all, and good luck!


    1. I'd choose: Super Sweet 100 - RED, Black Cherry- BLACK, Banana – Sweet, Giant Aconcagua, Machiaw Hybrid eggplant and the Early Giant tomato

    2. I like on FB as shelly emmons leatham

    3. following on twitter as @blessed_nc_mom

    4. I love the Tomato Baby Company! I would pick the reseeding cherry tomato, the vintage wine, the purple calabash, the indigo rose, and the steakhouse tomato!
      I am;
      Nancy Richer
      7017 Gainesborough Drive
      Knoxville, Tennessee 37909

    5. I love the Tomato Baby Company! I would choose the indigo rose, the vintage wine, the purple calabash, the steakhouse, and the reseeding cherry tomato!

    6. I was very impressed with my order, both the selection and quality of the plants, and the personal attention I received. Ordering again this week. I grow my own tomatoes from seed but like to try different pepper varieties without committing to a tray full. My pepper plants from tomatobaby were awesome.

    7. early giant tomato, black cherry , vintage wine purple calabash, and any of the peppers. I guess I would take what ever I could get. I love gardening and trying new plants

    8. I would choose Black Cherry- BLACK, Aunt Ginny’s Purple and Beefmaster
      twinkle at optonline dot net

    9. I think I would get the purple calabash, Early Giant tomato, black cherries, steakhouse tomatoes and vintage wine tomatoes!

    10. Impossible to pick just 5 but I'll try... “Chinese” Tomato (cold tolerant), Yellow Perfection, Lime Green Salad, Indigo Rose & Pineapple (husk) Ground Cherry.

    11. i'd get the first prize tomatoes and i'd like to try some eggplants!

    12. So many choices! I'd love the basil, bell peppers, and a mix of their red and pink tomatoes!

      katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

    13. follow on twitter @Kayday3

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    14. like on fb

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    15. I love to garden and I love tomatoes, so I would choose the reseeding cherry tomatoes!

      arifamily at comcast dot net

    16. Thank you for the giveaway. I would choose the black beauty eggplant, purple beauty bell, alma paprika, prosperosa, and the big white pink stripe tomatoes.

    17. I just spent about an hour reading every description! Lol. I am in love with this site and would be so thrilled to win. We love tomatoes....not just us people but all my shelties, as well. Years back my old girl helped herself to tomatoes in my garden, to my surprise. After she started eating them, others picked up the love. The cutest thing ever was a couple years ago when my youngest girl was just a. Tiny eight week old baby, and she's the smallest sheltie I've ever had so she was especially tiny, and she watched my old girl pick a tomato and promptly ran and hopped over,climbed up in the pot, and stood on her hind legs and sunk her teeth into a tomato bigger than her whole head and yanked it off and dragged it back to the deck. After that and sharing it with her brother I couldn't keep them away from the tomatoes....I ended up moving a container planted cherry tomato to where they could reach it easily.... I have to monitor them to make sure they only eat one or two otherwise they will not stop. My dogs also enjoy lettuce, zucchini, carrots, etc etc etc and pretty much will happily eat any garden vegetables they are allowed to eat, anyway, there are a bunch of plants I'm interested in. I picked six that really stood out as I was having a hard time even narrowing it down to just these, they are
      Chocolate stripes
      Tye dye
      Indigo rose or blue berries
      Garden peach
      God love
      Bumblebee purple

      I'm really interested in a low acid one and I'm fairly certain one of those was. I love cherry tomatoes, and smaller size tomatoes and esp love unique ones, the blacks, the one called tye dye is one of my top pics, and love interesting ones like that and the peach. Keeping my fingers crossed as we would really enjoy these plants! Thanks for the chance to win

    18. Liking on FB!!! Love Tomato Girl!

    19. Cherokee Purple, Golden Queen, Aunt Ginny’s Purple, Sungold Select II,
      Black Cherry- BLACK are my top picks! I love growing my own veggies. freshsamanthaaa (at) hotmail (dot) COM