I live in a colder climate with a short growing season (usually the last week of May to the first week of September). I have never been able to grow the bigger varieties of tomatoes, and have always stuck with Oregon Spring, Roma, and cherry varieties. I took a chance on the Anna Russians and holy cow! The plants were huge (definitely whispy), the fruit abundant, and the largest ripe tomato I picked mid-August was as large as my fist. The record, harvested green before our first frost, but ripened nicely indoors, was as large as my hand with outstretched fingers. Though they are not durable and need to be eaten or processed within a few days, they are very sweet and heavy. Will definitely be planting again.