85 days, indeterminate
— 'Stone' produces thick, smooth, solid, scarlet-red, medium sized, six to eight ounce fruits of high quality making it suitable for home and market use as a canning variety. The classic flavor is that of a good, tart, full-flavored red variety.
The original specimen was reportedly obtained in about 1885
from a market grower named Mr. Nichols who farmed near Columbus, Ohio in the community of Grandville.
It was found in his field between rows of 'Beauty
' and 'Favorite
' tomato plants.A. W. Livingston
wrote in his book that 'Stone' was released in 1889,
we do not have copies of the 1889 or 1890 editions, but it was listed as a new variety in their 1891 seed annual.
Although several companies were offering 'Stone' at the end of the twentieth century, sadly it all proved to be inaccurate when compared to the history record.
Our original seed was sent to us in 2002 by Craig LeHoullier
who had received the variety in 1991 from a seed saver named Edmund Brown from Missouri. Mr. Brown's source was the late Frank King from Arkansas. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.