Summertime Gold

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Summertime Gold
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet., dwarf
Leaf type potato, rugose
Fruit color yellow
Fruit shape oblate
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type created heirloom, stabilized intentional cross
Country Australia, USA
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Summertime Gold - sliced fruit. 2015-08-18.


Indet., dwarf (tree-type) plants with rugose potato leaf foliage, yellow beefsteak fruits with meaty flesh and small seed locules, 6-12 oz. Outstanding flavor, more sweet than acidic. (15 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

Craig LeHoullier of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC LE C) 12 / Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) 11

Year grown: 2012, 2015

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


Mid-season. One of the very best flavored new Dwarf varieties, Summertime Gold has deep green, rugose potato leaf foliage and a very stout central stem, growing to 4 feet, and perhaps a bit more depending upon conditions. Fruits are smooth and oblate, ranging from 8-12 ounces, and are a clear bright yellow inside and out - though a pale pink blossom end blush develops on many of the fruit. The flavor is intense, balanced, and delicious.
2011 growout 
I grew out vial 2816, F8 seed which I got from Bill Minkey and is one of the CV seed sources - as well as vial 3035, F9 seed from Suze. Plant habit and leaf shape as expected - Indeterminate potato leaf dwarf, first ripe fruit in 83 days and 69 days for the two plantings (83 days for the plant a bit more shaded). Plants are still healthy and producing well. Yield very good to excellent, fruit are oblate but smooth and quite regular, in the 6-8 ounce range with a few larger, pale nearly waxy yellow with a hint of pale pink blush on the blossom end of some fruit which darkens on sitting on the shelf. Flavor is balanced and excellent in the 8 out of 10 range, with sweetness predominating, but the flavor is quite intense, not mild - there are small seed cavities sprinkled throughout and the seeds are small. This matched my flavor expectations - it is really a great tomato. My concern is that the color seemed a bit lighter than expected - nearly as pale as Dwarf Mr. Snow - and the fruit a bit smaller. F9 seed is saved in vials 11-30, and F10 seed in 11-150. My feeling is that the two I've tasted are essentially identical - the only thing left to do is do a comparative grow out with Lee's possibly larger fruited selection.
Dwarf Project: F9 seed from Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin (WI MI B) (CV source); F9 seed from Susan Anderson (TX AN S)

Year: 2011

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina


  • Important note: In 2012, it became obvious that the released seeds were not too different from its sister variety, Dwarf Mr. Snow, and the decision was made to continue the selection. The re-selected Summertime Gold variety was called Summer Sweet Gold and released in 2015.
  • Developed in the 2006-2011 by the members of the Dwarf Tomato Project from a cross between Golden Dwarf Champion with Green Giant made in 2006 by Patrina Nuske Small in Australia, and named Sneezy.
  • The variety was selected and named by David Lockwood after his newborn daughter, Summer.
  • Others tomato growers involved in its development are Michael Volk (Texas), Susan Anderson (Texas), Howard Kushner, Linda Black (California), Carol Knapp, Jeff Fleming (Michigan), Robert Fromm, Lee Newman and Bill Minkey (Wisconsin).
  • Should be quite stable in its 9th generation.
  • More information about the development of this cultivar can be found on the Dwarf Tomato Project website.


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