Name: Oh Happy Day Hybrid Tomato from Burpee
Type of Plant: A “junior beefstake” type tomato. Indeterminate, 4-5 oz fruit (in other words, medium size – perfect for two sandwiches etc.) Good flavor and heavy production.
Why I love this: As those who grow tomatoes in the Northeast know, we dance with early blight fungus every year. There are strategies that allow us to still harvest fruit but in most seasons by early September the bottom half of the plant is bare and the yellow foliage is creeping up toward the ripening tomatoes on top. Sound familiar?
Until this year the most early blight resistant plant I’ve grown has been Mountain Magic. But now, thanks to Burpee, who sent me two plants this year, I have a new tomato on my “must grow” list. Oh Happy Day has been super productive for me, and this in a “not great tomato season” because of cool temperatures.
As I write this on September 1st my Oh Happy Day plants are only starting to show signs of blight – long after other favorites such as Sungold are beginning to fail despite our regular spraying with Serenade.
Their flavor is well balanced and tasty. They are a good size for eating fresh and for peeling for canning or freezing. And they are uniform with very little “yellow shoulders” on top.
A Word to the Wise: The worst thing about this tomato? The name. You’ll have the song, Oh Happy Day, stuck in your head. This 1967 gospel arrangement by the Edwin Hawkins Singers was a hit tune in the late’60s and has been given new life as an earworm (in my mind anyway) because of this tomato.
Dear Burpee, I don’t know whether to kiss you or slap you. 😉