I am sure you've been dying to know how my whole tomato saga turned out. I can confidently say: SUCCESS! Every seed I planted germinated and turned into a plant, most of which are close to 5 feet tall and longer if you included the tumbling vines. There are still a lot yet to ripen but when it comes time to pick them all off, I'll have more tomatoes than I know what to do with.
I definitely think I made the right choice to grow mostly cherry-type tomatoes, and I think next summer I might grow sweet-variety cherries almost exclusively, with the exception of maybe one or two larger varieties to use on burgers and stuff.
I'm glad I love eating tomatoes because they are definitely the best produce to grow in my no-garden situation. PS, those purply-brown tomatoes taste like you'd think they would - intensely tomatoey, almost smoky. Umami to the max.