Copia Tomato Seeds (85 days)
Gary Ibsen Strain
Sustainably Grown Approx. 25 heirloom seeds
Copia was developed from a cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe. Copia's interior flesh is yellow/gold and occasionally streaked with red. The flavor is highly sought after by wine country chefs and is described as excellent, clean, sweet and juicy. The large fruits weigh about 1 lb.
This variety was developed by Jeff Dawson former curator of the Amercian Center for Food, Wine and the Arts, of Napa, CA. and named in honor of "Copia". Jeff has been dedicated to organic farming for over 20 years and is well known here locally for producing some amazing heirloom vegetables to Bay Area restaurants. Jeff has also created/selected the following tomatoes "Black Zebra", "Round Pond Red", "Orange Russian #117" and "Marz Round Green" just to name a few.
Jeff has also been an active seed saver for many years and I met him last week at a seed swap. We discussed a few tidbits on tomatoes, but what I wanted to know was a little about Copia. Our seed stock came by way of Gary Ibsen and is mostly gold yellow with occasional red stripes. Jeff said he had owned the seed company Grandview Farms and sold it to Gary, but that the Copia he created was primarily red with yellow stripes.
Well, what can you say? This is how we get so many wonderful tomato varieties! Jeff created Copia to be red with yellow stripes and Gary must have selected for yellow with occasional red stripes as verified by the picture on his website and what we grew out from Gary. Two masters at tomato creation!
Grandview Farms 1999 Listing
"Heirloom and speciality tomato seeds for home and market gardener are available from Jeff and Sharon Dawson. The company's 1999 seed listing includes 232 named types (cherries, plus red, pink and purple, bi-color, yellow and orange tomatoes, and pastes). All varieties offered--from Abe Lincoln to Zogola--are open-pollinated, the seed roster including Grandview Farms' "exclusive varieties." All seeds are grown in western Sonoma County. Since 1988. Send SASE for seed listing with brief descriptions."
California Grown Heirloom Tomato Seed
Copia is extremely vigorous and bears late in the season for us. Fruits can grow up to a pound and are perfect for fresh-eating! As you can imagine people just love the color as well as the flavor.