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Over the years we have expanded our vegetable offerings as consumers demands for growing their own food has grown. We all want fresh fruits and vegetables and with the ever increasing cost of these in grocery stores growing your own is both economical and healthier. At Van Bakel's we offer a tremendous selection of tomatoes as well as many other fruits and vegetables.
The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.
We offer the tried and true varieties of tomatoes like Beef Steak, Cherry, Early Girl and Bonny Best. But we really take pride in our selection of Heirloom tomatoes
An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of it's valued characteristics. Since 'heirloom' varieties have become popular in the past few years there have been liberties taken with the use of this term for commercial purposes. At Van Bakels we chose to adopt the definition used by tomato experts, Craig LeHoullier and Carolyn Male, who have classified down heirlooms into four categories:
- Commercial Heirlooms: Open-pollinated varieties introduced before 1940, or tomato varieties more than 50 years in circulation.
- Family Heirlooms: Seeds that have been passed down for several generations through a family.
- Created Heirlooms: Crossing two known parents (either two heirlooms or an heirloom and a hybrid) and dehybridizing the resulting seeds for how ever many years/generations it takes to eliminate the undesirable characteristics and stabilize the desired characteristics, perhaps as many as 8 years or more.
- Mystery Heirlooms: Varieties that are a product of natural cross-pollination of other heirloom varieties.
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All our seeds are purchased from a Canadian and American suppliers that takes pride in selling untreated, non GMO seeds.