Artisan Seeds is a breeding business located at Green Bee Farm (Sunol, CA). We started the farm in 2006, with the primary goal of of breeding novel tomato varieties for gardeners and farmers. We (Fred Hempel and Jill Shepard) have invested everything into our family farm and our seed business.
To date, our little seed business has produced the Artisan Cherry tomato collection, and these new varieties are just the tip of the iceberg. We have recently introduced a small number of high flavor/long shelf life varieties and there is much more in the pipeline to release over the next 10 years.
Please consider purchasing a Collaborating Membership to participate in the development and testing of many exciting new tomato varieties. We have numerous breeding projects currently in progress, and we are fine-tuning many new varieties that will be released worldwide via Johnny's Selected Seeds
An Artisan Seeds collaborating membership includes the following:
5 new tomato varieties each year for the next 10 years. These varieties are chosen from a list of 10+ new varieties that is distributed each year in December. The varieties available will be both OP varieties and F1 Hybrid varieties.
Available varieties will include cherry tomatoes, small-fruited tomatoes, paste tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes. All tomatoes listed at this website can also be selected. Additionally, in many cases seed for new varieties can be delivered in bulk.