Re-Established 2011


The Chalk’s Early Jewel tomato is about 3-4 inches in size and produces early, about 60 plus days. This tomato was created by James Chalk of Norristown, Pennsylvania and introduced in 1899. It was introduced in 1904 by the Stokes Company. Its exterior is deep red in color with a meaty and tender interior. When eaten raw it is juicy, with a great acidity and is spicy without being sour.

Seed Saving - tomatoes: Solanaceae - (Tomatoes, Eggplants, Tomatillos) - Each little flower is self pollinated in this family -making isolation distances less critical. Tomatoes: Harvest seed when the tomato is ripe. Squeeze out the juice and seeds, leaving the meat of the tomato behind. Add the same amount of water and let ferment for 3 warm days - stirring daily. Pour off water, floating seeds and pulp and let the remaining seeds dry. Store in a cool dry location for up to 10 years. Eggplant: let desired fruit yellow on the vine, cut the fruit in half and dig out the seeds. Rinse with water and then dry. Store seeds in a cool dry location for up to 5 years.