Organic Coyote Cherry Tomato
HEIRLOOM We fell in love with Coyote at Caroline Hunt’s gorgeous Italy Hill Farm here in the Finger Lakes in 2014 and Friends, it was truly a sad day in August as we walked past 100+ plants all succumbing to various diseases including Late Blight… …and there was Organic Coyote Cherry Tomato! Sparkling, abundant and deliciously undeterred. Lemon yellow and full of flavor, Coyote is resistant to both Late and Early Blight as well as Septoria Leaf Spot. She’s also incredibly early, always one of the first tomatoes we harvest, alongside Chiapas. We enjoy Organic Coyote Cherry Tomato in salads and salsa as well as snacking on them in the fields, all the way to frost. If you’re looking for other deliciously disease-resistant tomatoes, you’re not alone and our Brandywise, Summer Sweetheart, Chiapas and Coyote are each resistant to Late Blight, Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot. Enjoy the abundance!
At Fruition, we sow tomatoes in soil blocks indoors 2 months before final frost, early April for us here in Zone 5, germinating them on heat mats with ease. Good light is essential: Younger, less stressed seedlings are healthier and more abundant than older, more stressed seedlings.
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Karen (verified owner) –
I love sungold tomatoes and have not been able to find something I like as much until I tried this tomato. I tried many cherry tomatoes last year and this was by far the sweetest. It was prolific and resistant to septoria leaf spot.
Kim (verified owner) –
I bought these for the first time last year for the 2022 season. I had 0% germination (the rest of my tomatoes did fine). Fruition was great and sent me another packet. Had about 75% germination this time. It performed well in my garden with very little disease. However the fruit was very small and weird tasting, not your normal tomato tast. I will not buy these again. I haven’t found a great disease resistant cherry yet, but if you need a disease resistant slicer, buy their BrandyWise seeds. This was developed by Cornel. Great taste and did very well in my garden even though I have an early/late blight problem.
We are grateful for you sharing your reflections with us and the Fruition community, and truly sorry to hear that you haven’t found delight in this experience. Apologies that we are just now getting you a reply — we are responding to a backlog in product reviews, and iterating our teamwork to ensure we are consistently and quickly responding with care to reviews, now and in seasons to come. We appreciate your patience alongside your feedback!
In terms of germination, seeds are sensitive beings, and we love sharing some of the steps we take to try to provide seed that is ready to germinate: we flag for review any variety or seed lot that does not reach 90% in a germination test (although legal minimums for selling seed are sometimes as low as 45%!). Our tests are handled by a 3rd party that specializes in germination testing. The vast majority of our varieties never have any issue reaching that 90% threshold. If need be, we take care to re-winnow lots, or overpack packets to help provide the foundation for your garden to grow abundantly.If an entire packet doesn’t germinate it’s often a sign that something unusual happened, perhaps the package baking in a hot spot during shipping.
And in terms of tomato flavor, perhaps you’d like to try Gardener’s Sweetheart, which has been bred similarly to Brandywise you mentioned, but is a cherry =). Truth be told — Coyote is one of my all-time favorite flavor tomatoes, agreeing with my friend Stern who’s reaction on first tasting it was that it was so sweet he didn’t want to tell his kids because they’d eat them all before he could save any seeds! One of our favorite facts of life is that flavor is such a subjective and personal phenomenon. Our friend Joseph avoids red tomatoes because it turns out he is yucked by the compound lycopene associated with red-tomatoey-ness so — to each their own. Thank you for taking a chance on something new, and providing your learnings so others may have more information to make their choices.
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Millicent Kasten (verified owner) –
These little gems are my favorite cherry. When they are first picked they look pale compared to other yellow tomatoes. But, the flavor is the best! They pack a punch for such small tomatoes. Thank you for introducing me to this variety.
Thank you for the feedback, Millicent!