Several years ago Austin Brown, an old gentleman we went to church with, brought my wife an unusual looking tomato. It looked like a red, ripe…banana pepper! We brought it home and I saved the seeds before we ate it. It was delicious…firm flesh, sweet, juicy.
The next spring my Dad planted the seeds and by mid-summer he had buckets of the luscious red fruit. That man LIVED to grow tomatoes! He and Mom really liked this one and it became a staple around the Johnson house.
We never did learn the real name of these tomatoes. Someone told me they may be a Polish heirloom? We just called them “Dad’s Pepper Tomatoes”. Dad shared seeds and plants with anybody that wanted them. He always started a few plants for me.
Dad passed away last year. But his tomatoes live on. I planted the seeds the first weekend in March. I’ve fought too much rain, blight, blossom end rot and Japanese beetles all summer but they are finally starting to get ripe!

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Thanks for looking…bart

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