It started with a single tomato 42 years ago, and still continues

These tomatoes grown by Ruby Gettys originate from ones she was given over four decades ago.

Gettys said 42 years ago at a greenhouse operated by the Rimels on Main Street in Cabool, a man from Licking had large tomatoes he had propagated. Her husband Dean Gettys came home with a tomato that weighed three pounds and told her to be sure and save the seeds from it. She did, and planted them the next year, saving the seeds from that year’s crop to use the following year, and on and on. “I have for 42 years,” she said. And she has also saved and given seeds to others to use.

The variety, which she calls “Mr. Mack” after the man who first grew them, produces large, tasty tomatoes. So tasty, in fact, that she said, “I have to pick them before they get red and ripe” or squirrels or other critters get to them.

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