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Tomato Beaverlodge Slicer

Here it is! The first tomato of the summer! The plants that I started indoors while snow was still on the ground are now loaded with fruit. The first variety to offer a ripe tomato is Beaverlodge Slicer.

Beaverlodge Slicer was bred at the Beaverlodge Research Farm in Alberta, Canada and is one of the earliest maturing tomato varieties available, listed at 54 days. The tomato is one of almost 80 varieties of fruit, vegetables, grains forage, trees, flowers and berries developed at the Farm. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, the facility was originally established to meet the needs of early settlers in the short growing season of northern Alberta. It is located west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Another tomato developed at the Beaverlodge Farm is Sub-Arctic Plenty, which was introduced in 1972. I have grown Plenty several times.

I picked the first sun-warmed tomato today and gave it my taste test. Slicer is a juicy tomato, and has a very mild flavor. I think I may prefer the flavor of Sub-Arctic, but in the end, the best tomato is the one on your plate!

Beaverlodge Slicer

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