Well, given the knowledge I've gleaned from this board in my short time of participation, I'm already looking ahead to next year. I've decided that I'll be growing in eight EarthBoxes after watching my grandparents have TREMENDOUS luck with them. Anyways, I've decided on varieties below. Feel free to offer your thoughts on those varieties and suggest different varieties and which should possibly be removed.
EarthBox #1 - Manalucie - Perfect for the South's hot climate. Heavily-foliaged plants produce large, deep globe-shaped fruits. Manalucie tolerates blossom end-rot, Gray Leaf Mold, early blight and Fusarium Wilt.
EarthBox #2 - Mule Team - The Mule Team is a high-yielding plant that produces all season and grows large 10- to 12-ounce fruit in clusters of three to five. It is slightly ribbed near the stem of the otherwise almost perfectly round fruit. The seeds are commercially available from several sources. It has a great flavor that is both acidic and sweet.
EarthBox #3 - Tomato P20 Blue - An astonishing dark purple tomato coming from the breeding work of Jim Myers from Oregon State University (OSU). Green fruits turn gradually to dark purple when exposed to sunlight. Click thumbnails for details. The bottom half of the ripe tomatoes then turns red. Medium size, round fruits, about 5 to 7 cm. Pinkish red flesh, with subtle, aromatic and fruity flavor. Not bland. Foliage turns purple under cold conditions. Around 80-90 days. Aka OSU Blue tomato. Rare!
EarthBox #4 - Black Krim - (aka Black Crimson and Black Crim) Originally from the Isle of Krim on the Black Sea in the former Soviet Union. This rare, and outstanding tomato yields 3-4" slightly flattened dark-red (mahogany-colored) slightly maroon, beefsteak tomatoes with deep green shoulders. Green gel around seeds. Fantastic, intense, slightly salty taste (which is great for those not wanting to add salt to their tomatoes).
EarthBox #5 - Hillbilly Potato Leaf - (Solanum lycopersicum) From Ohio SSE member Jerry Lee Bosner. Absolutely gorgeous bicolor beefsteak tomato, great for slicing. Beautiful yellow 1 pound fruits are streaked with red on the blossom end. Sweet and juicy. Heavy producer. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.
EarthBox #6 - Indian Stripe - 85 days, indeterminate — Similar to 'Cherokee Purple', very productive, very good flavor. It is productive, a compact indeterminate plant, fruits are oblate, a bit smaller than 'Cherokee Purple', shoulders not as dark, but color similarly dusky rose with some occasional green striping. Flavor is best when fully ripe. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
EarthBox #7 - Black and Brown Boar - Discovered in Green Zebra patch years about ten years ago. This looks like a Black Zebra, slightly larger with some lobes. Mid-early to early. 65-75 days. Indet. regular leaf. Pumps out 3-4" fruit like crazy. Aggressive grower and producer. Great flavor, dark earthy tones of rich tomato. Origin-Green Zebra.
EarthBox #8 - Berkeley Tie Dye - Warning, high acid content may cause flashbacks. This tomato blows me and alot of my customers away. A favorite to many of my chefs. Mid-late to late, 75-90 days. indet. regular leaf plants. 8-16 oz. Green fruit with yellow and red stripes. Creamy green flesh infused with various shades of red and yellow. Each of these colors has a different flavor resulting in a spicey, sweet, tart tomato with good acid all in one. Originated from one plant 500 F-2 Beauty King.
I also know that the P20 Blue has had less than stellar taste critiques. I'm growing it mainly as a novelty tomato.
I know many of you won't have much experience with these varieties but, if you have, feel free to post what your results/experiences were.