The best tomatoes I’ve ever eaten were grown in Italy and Texas, where the hot sun makes for a high sugar content and lots of rich tomato flavor. So I was surprised to discover that tomatoes are actually native to the Andes of Peru.

Sara McAllister

Sara McAllister on her deck in Carbondale, Co.

Sara McAllister probably didn’t know that when she set out to grow tomatoes in Carbondale, Colorado, elevation 7000 ft. But when people told her it was nearly impossible to get ripe tomatoes at such a high altitude, she set out to prove them wrong. Sara’s been so successful that she now harvests more tomatoes than she can eat, and has plenty left over to can and dry. She even trades some of her harvest with a neighbor for bottles of wine.

“For me”, says Sara, “the Tomato Success Kits are the only way to go. I crowd 3 to 4 plants in each container, which means fewer fruit per plant, but overall I get higher production and an earlier harvest.” Sara keeps the containers on a sunny deck close to the house. In the spring, she opens the windows right above them and lets the warm air from the house help keep the plants warm overnight. Read more about Sara’s high country garden.

Any chance you’re using our Tomato Success Kits to grow tomatoes in a challenging location? We’d love to hear your story!

-Kathy LaLiberte, Director of Gardening