First...... we're in South Orange County, CA, about a mile and half from the ocean. It tends to be overcast a lot here, and the way our house is oriented provides direct sun to the planting area for only about 4 hours a day.
Our favorite nursery has just begun to bring in some very interesting heirloom tomato plants and is suggesting that people in this area might want to risk planting now in anticipation of an early Spring (apologies to most of the rest of the US). Doing so, if successful, would likely give us two complete cycles this year.
Anyone out there familiar enough with this area to comment? I only have room for 6 plants, so it's not a huge financial investment if it fails.