Mountain Fresh, hybrid
yields of large size, smooth, deep red fruit on vigorous, disease resistant,
indeterminate vines that respond well to staking. Mountain Fresh is one of the
new more productive varieties that has a "Walter" background. Because of its
resistance to fusarium wilt, Walter became very popular after its release by the
University of Florida in the late 1960's. Walter's complex heritage include
Manalucie, Indian River, Homestead, Immokalee, and others. that respond well to
Ripley, located along the Mississippi River north of Memphis, is rightfully famous for its giant, delicious, deep red Ripley tomatoes grown on over a 1200 acres of fertile alluvial soil. Ripley, Tennessee, fresh-market tomato producers grow new hybrids like the reliable red 'Mountain Series' cultivars developed by agronomist Dr. Randy Gardner, North Carolina State University, at the Fletcher Experiment Station in Fletcher NC. Mountain Pride, Dr. Randy's first success, was a firm, large, flavorful, attractive, determinate that was very crack and disease resistant while adaptable to inclement weather. Dr. Randy also developed Mountain Spring, Mountain Delight, and Mountain Fresh among twenty or so other new varieties before retiring in 2006.