I ordered seeds for this variety of tomato from Seed Savers Exchange two years ago. Last year I harvested a moderate number of fruits from them. However, it seemed that production was somewhat low and the fruit had problems with sunscald. The flavor was decent, but I wasn’t very impressed.
I hate to judge a vegetable on its performance from just one year. So I started another batch of these plants under lights this spring and planted them in my garden. This year I’m harvesting dozens of fruits from 3 Trucker’s Favorite Pink tomato plants. The fruits in full sun are getting sunscald, but the flavor is delicious. Seed Savers Exchange describes these as 3″ fruits…I’m getting anywhere from 3″ to beefsteak sized tomatoes. They start out a nice shade of pink and ripen to a deep pink to red color.
We’ve had quite a few heavy rainstorms and a lot of my tomatoes are cracking from soaking up all that water. The Trucker’s Favorite have some cracks, but they certainly aren’t the most susceptible. I’ve been picking some of the fruit slightly under ripe to help prevent the cracking and sunscald. They hold up fairly well to handling and ripen very nicely on my counter.
The flavor and texture of this tomato has definitely earned it a spot in my garden. I had pretty much given up on growing beefsteak type tomatoes, but Trucker’s Favorite Pink heirloom tomato has changed my mind!
I also like ordering heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. I appreciate the fact that they are working to preserve the genetic diversity of our garden plants.