The Lecce tomato -- Heirloom flavor in a Slicer

A project in San Jose, CA by Fred Hempel

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We're producing seed for a tomato with the flavor of heirlooms & the firmness of slicers. Your sandwiches will never be the same!
Backers: 426
Average Pledge Per Backer: $23

Funded: $9,901 of $750
Dates: Oct 2nd -> Oct 12th (10 days)
Project By: Fred Hempel
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Latest News

Multiple Rewards

October 12th - via:
Hi everyone!  6 more hours!  Thanks again for all of the support with this project.   I have tried to work out the rewards so that there are plenty of choices.  However, a number of folks have asked what they should do if they want 2 (or more) of... (Read More)

Our Lecce tomato will be renamed "Benevento" -- here's why

October 12th - via:
There is a little over 12 hours left in our Kickstarter campaign, and tonight I discovered that the name "Lecce" is associated with a new variety of tomato from Rijder Seeds. What this means is that the tomato we have been provisionally calling Lecce... (Read More)

Seed Packing Day!!

October 10th - via:
Today we are working on packing seed for many of the true-breeding (OP) varieties available through this project.  The seed was grown and processed on our farm, using a combination of fermentation and bleach surface sterilization treatments.   Also... (Read More)

Chefs start weighing in...

October 5th - via:
I am adding chef quotes to a new section of the project.   What chefs are saying -- These are the best sandwich tomatoes I’ve ever come across.  They combine all the flavor of a late-summer heirloom tomato with the texture of a great beefsteak.... (Read More)

The development of Lecce and a bit on our breeding efforts

October 4th - via:
Typically, in the winter, my daughter Nicole and I travel to Todos Santos, Mexico where our collaborators at Heirloom Farms have winter shade houses.  They plant and care for a breeding field that can be up to 1 acre in size.  In this field we have... (Read More)

A bit more info for commercial growers, and everyone else too

October 3rd - via:
I got a request today on facebook for more Lecce information, specifically information useful to serious growers.  Here is a bit more info on Lecce:   Plant habit:  Plants are vigorous vines.  Medium dense foliage and strong stems.   Time to... (Read More)

New Mix and Match Rewards

October 3rd - via:
Thanks for the support everyone! There have been many reasonable requests for adding varieties to rewards or switching one variety for another.  The easiest solution was to add 2 new rewards where you simply select 4 or 8 varieties for your reward.... (Read More)

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