WINNER OF MICHIGAN STATE FAIR LARGEST TOMATO 10 YEARS IN A ROW!
Beautiful red fruits that average between 3/4 to 1lb - contrary to its legacy. Classic old-fashioned, well-balanced flavor. Perfect for slicing or home processing.
I couldn't be more pleased to have this tomato in my collection and to be able to share it with you! Part of 'doing what I do' is preserving heirlooms that can so easily be lost or forgotten. To be able to share this variety that had been nutured for decades within 45 minutes of my house, is priceless.
In an effort to find as much information about this tomato as possible I stumbled upon a newspaper article published in the July 17, 1994 edition of Detroit Free Press on Mr. W.B. Tilley, himself!
HISTORY: I was given seed of this variety by a friend of mine, Ron Barczyk of Troy, MI. Ron likes to grow large tomatoes himself, but his real passion is seeking out rare and unusual tomatoes from all over the country. Whenever he travels he makes it a point to seek out roadside stands or farmers markets - constantly on the hunt for something new. This is how he came to acquire seed for 'W. B. Tilley' - at a farm stand near his home. The owner of that farm stand knew Mr. Tilley and was able to add further to the history by explaining that the co-workers grandmother, from where W. B. got his original seed, lived in the LaGrange, TN area, which is well known for big commercial tomato farms. This could possibly suggest that at one time 'W.B. Tilley' was actually a hybrid.
Mr. Tilley created his 'monster' tomatoes through years of selection and fastidious cultural practices in his own garden. His hard work earned him ten Michigan State Fair blue ribbons. Mr. Tilley, age 90, passed away on August 8, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center, Troy, Michigan.
GROWTH HABIT: Indeterminate
LEAF TYPE: Regular
FRUIT CLASS: Beefsteak
FRUIT SHAPE: Globe
FRUIT SIZE: Large
FRUIT COLOR: Red