Bear Creek

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Bear Creek
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular
Fruit color black, purple
Fruit shape oblate
Fruit size medium
Fruit type
Variety type open-pollinated
Country unknown


Indet., regular leaf plants. Medium sized purple black beefsteaks with very excellent complex and sweet flavor. Fairly crack-resistant. Many thanks to Mark Oathout of Wasilla, Alaska, who raised and donated the seeds to us! (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

1. Susan Anderson of Elgin, Texas (TX AN S) 11
2. Darlene Starr, PA 11 / Gourmet Seed International
3. Mark Oathout, Wasilla, Alaska 14

Year grown: 2014*

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


84 days, but was one of the first large fruit to ripen for me in this very cool, wet, blight-filled season. Produces 10-14 oz oblate, purple fruit (clear skin). Very meaty. Originally crossed and selected for flavor by Keith Mueller from plants grown at Bear Creek Farms. Variety continued to be grown out stabilized at Bear Creek Farms by Robbins Hail and was introduced in 2009.
Gourmet Seed International 09

Year: 2009

Location: Connecticut


80 days, indet., regular leaf plant with a good yield of pink-black 6-12 oz. fruit, very good flavor, this is a Keith Mueller cross.
Robbins Hail of Osceola, Missouri (MO HA R2) 09

Year: 2009

Location: Oblong, Illinois


  • Keith Mueller's cross of heirloom varieties, developed at Bear Creek Farms and released in 2009.
  • First offered commercially by Gourmet Seed International in 2009.
  • First introduced in Seed Savers 2009 Yearbook by Robbins Hail of Osceola, Missouri (MO HA R2).

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