Tomato plants with direct line to seeds brought from Italy in 1916 available during 1-week plant sale at HOTLIPS Pizza Pearl/Ecotrust and HOTLIPS Pizzas Hawthorne.

Portland, Ore., April 2019 – HOTLIPS Pizza announces the 8th Annual Ulisse Edera Tomato Sale starting Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 11AM – 10PM at HOTLIPS Pizza in Ecotrust in Portland’s Pearl District and HOTLIPS Pizza Hawthorne. Each one-gallon plant is $10 and 100% of sales go to support Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.

HOTLIPS owner, David Yudkin, has saved seeds and propagated these tomato plants since meeting Ulisse Edera in 1984 in Edera’s garden in the Ardenwald neighborhood of Milwaukie, south of Portland, where many of Portland’s early Italian truck farms were located.


Born in Canelli, Italy, in August, 1890, Ulisse was an orphan raised by 3 different families, finally in Colcavagno, Austria, where he attended school. After serving in the Italian Army, Ulisse followed his brother to the US at age 23, filed citizenship papers at La Grande, OR in 1916, and in 1917 joined the US Army. Ulisse and his brother made weekend visits to the Italian families living in Ardenwald, who farmed and sold produce at the Portland Farmers Market. It was there he met his wife, Daria, and at age 31 Ulisse and Daria were married. In 1925 they built a house on 32nd Avenue in Ardenwald and continued farming on 22 acres then known as Johnson Creek Farms. They both lived in that house the rest of their lives with close Italian neighbors and many friends nearby.

Every inch of Ulisse’s small yard was planted with vegetables and flowers. He grew 200 pounds of garlic every year, drying it and selling it, along with homemade vinegar. A visit with Ulisse always included a taste of his “bagnait” on dried bread with a sip or two of red wine. Visitors left his house with a bag of garden delights picked during their visit. Though he had slowed down, he was still gardening, cooking, preserving foods, hunting mushrooms on Mt Hood, welcoming visitors and visiting neighbors until his death Ulisse at age 103.

About Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, (a private 501(c)3 non-profit), was founded in 1989 as Friends of Opal Creek to gain protection of the Opal Creek watershed for future generations to study and enjoy, a goal we achieved in 1996. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center maintains and stewards Jawbone Flats, a rejuvenated historic mining town in the heart of the 35,000-acre ancient forest watershed of the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area. Located on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains, one hour east of Salem, Oregon, and approximately two hours from Portland, two and a half from Eugene and three from Bend. Opal Creek’s Mission: “Promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness.”


Founded in 1984, HOTLIPS is a Portland family-owned, woman-owned business with six pizza restaurants and a line of real fruit soda. HOTLIPS’s mission is to preserve culture and celebrate humanity through rich culinary experiences, and by joining others in finding new and sustainable ways of doing business. Currently with 165 on staff, HOTLIPS spends a lot of time teaching sustainability and being an example to others.