In the meantime, a Bejo seed company representative called me this week to tell me that 'Mountain Magic' seed will be commercially available next year. This is exciting news because 'Mountain Magic' has done great in our studies and in growers' fields. It is a high-yielding, campari type tomato with exceptional flavor. It has come up number one in our taste test trials for several years. It was tested under the breeding number NC05114.
The heirloom variety, Stupice' has also held up well in the presence of late blight, has a long production period, and ranks high in the taste tests.
While we're on the subject of late blight, you might want to check out this Powerpoint presentation on organic late blight management that was just presented by Ruth Hazzard at the 2009 NOFA Conference: http://www.umassvegetable.org/documents/OrganicLateblightMgtAug09.pdf
So, it looks like with a good late blight resistant variety and the right combination of organic products, we should all be able to grow a good crop of organic tomatoes in western North Carolina. I know, some of you are already doing that, but for most organic farmers and gardeners in this region, that is an almost impossible task in a wet, 'late blight heavy' year like this one. We will welcome the help of some "good genes".
(FYI, none of Randy's varieties are GMO's)