This is a great small business success story. First the tomato. No ordinary tomato mind you, the Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomato. It’s amazing what a few seeds and some perseverance can create. Charlie Byles paid off the mortgage to his home and bred one hell of a tomato. Self-sufficient and creative a great example of the American spirit.
Eighty years later the Beekman Boys have created a pasta sauce that uses Mortgage Lifter tomatoes grown on their farm to create a pasta sauce with a mission. (Oh, yeah, and they won a little show called The Amazing Race. Have you heard of it? Well, of course you have!) Not only have the boys invested part of their winnings into their Beekman 1802 line, but they have also purchased a building in their Main Street community where they will feature their Beekman 1802 line of products… and if you can stand it 25% of the profits from the sauce will go to help struggling family farms and hopefully pay off some mortgages in the process and there are plans to expand the line… yes, I’m swooning.
A great win for small business and family farms. I can’t wait to try the sauce! Order your’s here and there is a break for ordering a case, so share!
P.S. Now this isn’t something you hear coming from Monsanto’s corporate office. Just sayin’…
All the rain we got in the last couple of days has made the tomatoes explode in production! Just look at these tomatoes! Have you ever seen anything more beautiful? A big thanks to hyggehaven of biodiverseed for all of the seeds and anyone else who might have helped her in the seed exchange. Varieties from biodiverseed pictured are black cherry, bedain, minigold, mortgage lifter, and worlds smallest tomato. Other varieties pictured are Nebraska wedding, Eva purple ball, green zebra, Hartman’s yellow gooseberry, sweet 100, and marglobe.