In her garden in Rhinebeck, N.Y., Amy Goldman grows some 250 vintage varieties of tomatoes collected from around the world, including one from the Galápagos Islands that is as sweet as candy. In her book, The Heirloom Tomato, published last August by Bloomsbury USA, she revels in the stories behind each kind, like that of Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter tomato, which helped Marshall Cletis Byles pay off his $6,000 home loan in the 1940s.

Slide Show: Vintage Tomatoes