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Heirloom Tomatoes Kissed by Salt a Big Hit in Branford

Heirloom Tomatoes Kissed by Salt a Big Hit in Branford

Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register

The hard working hands of farmer Jay Medlyn, a fourth-generation owner of Medlyn's Farm in Branford, hold his precious tomatoes. Medlyn is known for his locally grown organic tomatoes. Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Farmer Jay Medlyn, a fourth-generation owner of Medlyn’s Farm, loves his tomatoes. The worldview is that everybody loves his tomatoes. The day we visited recently, a local chef and regular customers who frequent the farm sang the praises of Medlyn’s tomatoes.

A former electrician who followed in the family’s farming footsteps, Medlyn takes pride in the ruby red jewels the he says are kissed with the flavor of salt.

As one drives Route 146 along the Shoreline, Medlyn’s Farm is tucked neatly between Branford and Guilford, right outside the historic fishing village of Stony Creek.

His organic tomatoes are special, he says, because the water that irrigates his farm is near Long Island Sound. Medlyn uses organic fertilizers, mixed with composted leaves, wood chips from his lumbering operation and chicken manure from 500 chickens that lay eggs for his farm stand.

He uses organic fertilizers because he doesn’t want toxins getting into Long Island Sound.

Medlyn seeds his regular greenhouse tomatoes in February and picks them between May and July.

August is when love comes to fruition with his crop of organic heirloom tomatoes.

Medlyn says he has no idea what his total heirloom tomato yield is, but knows they are grown in 800-foot rows, each with 800 plants; each plant yields about 25 pounds of fruit.

See the full story at New Haven Register online. And click here to view more photos.

 

Heirloom Tomatoes Kissed by Salt a Big Hit in Branford

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