Garden-fresh offers are one step away
Sign Up & Get $5 Off

Opt-in to mobile texts to receive money-saving, project-inspiring alerts. Redeemed in stores only.

Just For You

Weekly Gardening Tips for Your Area


Tomatoes — Harvesting and Preserving

Martha Stewart
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Tomato Plant

I have been feasting on delicious, healthy vine-ripened tomatoes for several months now. The key to a good balanced harvest is selecting tomato cultivars that flourish at different times throughout the season.

All tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) fall into one of two categories: indeterminate plants bear fruit continuously up until frost and will provide slow but steady pickings perfect for eating fresh in salads and salsas; determinate plants set one large crop and are finished once it ripens, so they are good for the bounty needed for making soups and sauces.

This year I grew more than 10 different varieties so I could have a long and varied harvest. I am finally harvesting all the remaining tomatoes from their vines. I will ripen the green tomatoes indoors and preserve the ripe tomatoes.

Canning is one of the best ways to save some of your summer harvest for year-round use. Choose tomatoes for canning that are flavorful, meaty, and, if you’ll be canning whole tomatoes, small enough to fit through the opening of the jar. Here are just a few good choices for canning: the ‘Opalka’ variety is a newly available heirloom paste tomato originally from Poland. It has excellent flavor, is very meaty, and has few seeds. ‘La Roma’ is a hybrid tomato that produces a significantly larger crop than the standard Roma. It tastes delicious, and like all plum tomatoes, has an ideal texture for canning. ‘Classica’ is a red pear tomato with wonderful flavor. The deep red fruit is perfect for canning, as well as for making sauces. It’s also known for an exceptionally large crop.

Martha Tomato Seed


Martha Tomato Seed San Marzano

San Marzano












Martha Tomato Beefsteak














Got questions about this article or any other garden topic? Go here now to post your gardening ideas, questions, kudos or complaints. We have gardening experts standing by to help you!