I live in the Pacific Northwest along the coast and I have trouble growing tomatoes. Marianna's Peace has out performed all my expectations. I have it in a greenhouse and while it got huge and leggy, it produced a crop of wonderful tasting tomatoes. They have a sweet, mild flavor and are the old time beef stake sort of tomato. Buy it, you will like it.
This tomato grew beautifully, is as tasty as Brandywine and a little smaller; also, a couple of weeks earlier. Seems less susceptible to the usual diseases. This tomato will be a regular in my garden from now on.
The plants are thriving in containers on my patio garden, and producing many good-sized tomatoes. They haven't ripened yet, so I'm curious about the flavor. However, this variety seems very susceptible to blossom end rot, compared to the other four varieties I am growing--I'm supplementing calcium and hoping it clears up soon, so that some tomatoes actually survive to ripen! None of the other varieties I've planted have had any trouble (I use a tomato fertilizer that does include some calcium).
I ordered only two varieties of tomato last year (Amish paste and Cherokee purple), then grew 3 of each for my small home garden. I knew something was amiss when 1 of the 3 Amish paste plants began forming large round tomatoes. Initially, I was disappointed that my seeds were mixed. However, once the tomatoes from this rogue seed matured and I tasted them, I HAD to find out what they were! I scoured the Pinetree website for hours trying to figure out which errant tomato seed had gotten into my packet. As best as I can tell from the pictures and description, it was a Marianna's Peace. Only my second year gardening and this tomato inspired me to learn about seed saving! Large, pink, GREAT tasting tomatoes that were slightly more resistant to splitting in this year's wet summer than both the Amish paste and Cherokee purple growing along beside them. Can't wait to see if I can regrow them next year from my carefully saved seeds!
I have grown the Marianna's Peace for several years. A nice, pink meat slicer with really good tomato flavor. A good producer. I once counted 19 nice size ripe and green tomatoes on one plant that still had more blooms and small fruits forming on it. If I could only grow one tomato it would be Marianna's Peace.