This year, we went to a local farm to pick-up some seedlings for the garden. They boasted Italian vegetable plants and I desperately wanted some San Marzano tomatoes for canning. We ended-up also picking-up some acorn squash and pickling cukes.
When I got home and started planting, I found an oddball seedling tucked into one of the cells in the cucumber tray. It looked a lot like a tomato plant but I wasn't sure. It definitely wasn't a weed. So what the heck? I planted it.
Within a week or two, it was obviously a tomato plant and it was growing at a fast rate. I ended-up transferring it to a pot on the deck and it's been doing very well. However, I've had no idea what kind of tomato plant it was until it started fruiting. It finally started this week.
The wrinkles in the skin tell me that it's some sort of heirloom variety, often sold as "ugly tomatoes" in the grocery stores. Unfortunately, I don't remember just which heirloom variety this particular farm had for sale. I want to say Brandywine's but I'm not sure. We won't really know until the fruit reaches full size and starts to ripen.
It's kind of neat watching something grow and having it be a mystery as to what you'll get. Has that ever happened in your garden?