What’s An Heirloom Tomato?

Vegetable Gardening: What’s New and Best to Plant in 2012.
Vicky, head of Early’s Farm & Garden Centre’s seed department, kicks off the Master Gardener Program at the University of Saskatchewan February 25, 2012. Topic: Vegetable seeds, what’s new and which variety is best to plant in the prairies.
Notes on the vegetables mentioned:
Beets- Chioggia Guardsman- Heirloom variety from pre 1840. Named after a small village in Italy. Sometimes called Candystripe or Bull’s Eye Beet. It is distinguished from other varieties because of its alternating red and white ringed interior. Slightly flattened globe shaped roots. It is early and doesn’t bleed as much as most other beets.
Carrots- Sweet Baby Jane- Is available in only small packets this year as there was a crop failure last year and no more seed is available until May of 2013.
Carrots- Tendersnax is a new variety this year and is comparable for taste and size but is later maturing. It is a Nantes-Imperator X. dark orange roots with a tiny core. Can be harvested as a baby carrot or left to grow full size about 6″ long. Roots are smooth with rounded shoulders and blunt tip.
Carrots- Nelson Hybrid- Nantes Type- 6″ long blunt tip roots. Very smooth exterior and a very deep orange interior. Makes great baby carrots and a good keeper.
Carrots- Bolero Hybrid- Nantes type. 7″ long. Slightly tapered and very sweet. Bright orange. Will grow to about 1 ½” across at the top. Maintains it sweet flavor even after long term storage. Disease resistant.
Cucumber- The question –Cool Breeze verses Corentine. Both are 45-48 days. Both are self-pollinating. Do not need bees to pollinate and therefore can produce earlier. Both are disease resistant. Both have tiny white spines. Both can be grown in greenhouses and trellised. Both are crisp and crunchy. Sweet. Good for making pickles. Both are very productive. The two differences are Cool Breeze plants are smaller and all Cool Breeze will be basically seedless unless crossed with another variety of cucumber.
Lettuce- Bambi replaces Baby Star as a small romaine type lettuce. The differences being the Bambi has a more buttery taste whereas the Baby Star was a more typical romaine taste.
Peas- Alladin- An early afila type pea, which means a plant with few leaves and more tendrils. This makes them self-supporting by the tendrils that interlock with each other. The peas are sweet and tender and grow on the top and outside of plants to make for easier picking. Disease resistant and only 63 days to maturity.
Pepper- Delirio — A very early hybrid pepper. 75 days. Disease tolerant. Very blocky 4 lobed pepper. Matures from dark green to tangerine orange.
Pumpkin- Aspen Hybrid — 95 days. 10-20 lbs. Thick stem, solid bright orange flesh. Semi-bush plant. A good variety for smaller gardens.
Squash- Bon Bon Hybrid- 81 days. Earliest of all Buttercup squashes. Fruit is dark green with silver stripes. Large. Grows to about 4-5 lbs.
Tomato- Champion 11 — Very disease resistant. Approximately 8 oz. fruits. Very meaty. Needs to be staked.
Tomato- Rocky Top- High yielding, firm 7-8 oz fruit. Bushy plants. Very firm, bright red tomatoes.
Herbs- Vegetable of the year 2012