Cherry tomatoes picked and eaten in the garden are the warm-up act and early tomatoes like ‘Oregon Spring’ are teasers of the main attraction, the star of the vegetable garden, the first BIG tomato of the season.
The star of the garden was ready this morning, all reddish-orange and ripe for picking. The variety was ‘Indy’, a new hybrid tomato, that according to the garden center ad I read, “everyone was talking about”. I was reading the ad when I was vulnerable and needed a few new tomato plants because the rabbits had eaten off some of my grown-from-seed tomato plants. If everyone was talking about it, I should have one. So I bought one to try and it turned out to be the first big tomato in my garden this year.
I went out early in this morning and lovingly picked my ‘Indy’ tomato after taking one more picture of it on the vine. Then I carefully carried it inside, where I sliced it and ate it as part of my breakfast.
How was it, you ask?
I did an Internet search earlier this morning to find out more about this variety, ‘Indy’, which beat out my beloved heirloom ‘German Johnson’ as the first tomato of the season. When I found out that it was originally bred for the commercial industry, my expectations of what this tomato would taste like were immediately lowered. And my opinion of the garden center who advertised it and sold it to me was lowered as well.
It is an average tasting tomato. Actually, ‘Oregon Spring’ tasted a lot better, more like a real home grown tomato. I’m just glad I didn’t go through an entire first tomato ritual for 'Indy'. I’ll save that for my first ‘German Johnson’ tomato. Hopefully one of those will ripen soon!
Now, don’t feel all sad for me and my average first big tomato. There are still a lot of good things happening here at May Dreams Gardens.
Look at this harvest from yesterday. All those beans! And cucumbers! And peppers and squash!
Did I mention all the green beans?
And I won a contest on another garden blog and was “interviewed” afterwards, check it out here at Leave Me Alone, I’m Digging. Thanks, David, for the contest and interview.
And I have a lot of green tomatoes that will ripen before you know it!