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Pappenfus Tomatoes

Marc Sanchez

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Pappenfus Tomatoes
(Joyce Pappenfus)
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Harvest time is fast approaching. The corn is sweet, apple trees are heavy and tomatoes are plump. Especially plump is the Pappenfus tomato. Never heard of it? You're not alone. It's a variety brought to the United States from Germany in the 1860s. And it's not for sale. It's only grown by and for the Pappenfus family. Tomato seeds have been carefully passed down from generation to generation. But what happens when you're the last one in the family? Who do you pass the tradition off to?


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  • By Milion_Fay Milion_Fay

    From LeMtCdOCsVfWDvsBwp, 04/08/2009

    By Bill Bird

    From Sacramento, CA, 09/21/2008

    As a dedicated heirloom grower, I would love to try this variety. This looks remarkably similar to the Shriver Tomato -- grown by the Shriver family in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for four generations.

    By jhane pappenfus

    From manchester, MO, 09/15/2008

    Way to go, Joyce!

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