I only managed to get a single plant of Solanum lycopersicum ‘Legend Bush’ going this year and even that hasn’t been hugely fruitful. However, it did produce this:
That’s 309g of tomato in a single fruit, beautifully ripe and a delicious lunch yesterday with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of salt. This fruit was fairly free of seeds, which was perhaps ideal for eating. Not so good for seed saving though but I scooped out some of the pulp and am fermenting it in a jar with a little water for a couple of days before rinsing and drying it to see if I have anything to keep the variety going until next year.
However, even if this year proves the end of the line, I’ve probably had well over 10kg of fruit from the single packet (6.74kg directly measured but also 150+ unweighed tomatoes picked in the first year I grew it), so an excellent return on investment. How much is that worth? It is difficult to put a figure on it as you can’t compare with supermarket prices. Many of the tomatoes would fail the beauty test but they are organic, fresh from the vine and of indisputable provenance. The cheapest price I saw was around £2 a kilo and some offers might dip lower. Even £15 – £20 would get my money back on raw costs (discounting labour time although there isn’t a huge amount of work in small scale tomato farming). If you count them as a premium grade product (which can be 50p an item or more) then they have produced £100 or more, which not only covers labour but also pays for a respectable chunk of the polytunnel which makes large tomato crops feasible in an unpredictable climate.