Warning. The following post was written under the influence of the first big tomato of the season.
Here at May Dreams Gardens, we are pulling out all the special plates, books, knifes, forks, gloves and satin pillows to celebrate and embrace the first big tomato of the season with the Official Ritual of the First Tomato, first introduced on this blog in August 2006.
It’s a nice ‘Pink Oxheart’, fittingly shaped like a heart, signifying the love of tomatoes around here.
Rest assured, it was carefully picked at the height of ripeness while wearing the softest cotton gloves to avoid bruising, then reverently carried into the house where it was placed on the satin tomato pillow. All of its qualities and attributes, including the feelings of the gardener who picked it, were carefully recorded in the Book Of First Tomatoes as it was eagerly photographed, weighed and measured.
Then it was sliced up and eaten with the special tomato fork and knife, on the finest china reserved just for this event.
Queue up the rest of the ritual and don’t forget...
I made that up.
Really. I don’t do all that, or at least do all that quite that way. I did pick it myself and carry it inside without dropping it. As demonstrated by the picture above, I did take its picture while it was sitting on top of a satin pillow. Don’t ask how I came to own that pillow, but it is hand-made. And though I forgot to weigh the tomato and measure it, I am writing about it.
I guess that’s close to a ritual
By the way, it was very good, with a good “tomato” taste, if you know what I mean.
After I ate it, I felt like some of the other tomatoes I’ve picked recently deserve their time in the spotlight, too, if only briefly.
The ‘Red Currants’ are just as tiny as ever, but very tasty.
I thank the rabbits for leaving the garden alone this year. I don’t know why they are, but they are, so I've officially let my guard down and stopped worrying about them.
We go on and on about our tomatoes. Are they as good as an ice cream sundae?
I guess it depends on my mood, but yes, they are right now. And that is a ‘Black Cherry’ tomato on top.
If you don’t care much for sundaes, how about a banana, I mean, tomato split?
Those three bigger tomatoes are the first ‘Illini Star’ tomatoes. I picked them this evening and will enjoy one with my breakfast tomorrow morning.
Tomatoes. They are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this time of year. And they are good enough for the folks at the Indiana State Fair to declare this the Year of Tomatoes. They are even going to have a contest for the biggest tomato over five pounds. I don’t think I’ll have any that big by the weigh off on August 8th, but if they had a contest for “best presentation of a tomato as other food”, (TAOF), I think I’d have a good shot at it.
And with that, gardeners from coast to cost and around the world, I announce this year's tomato contest.
This year, we are not looking for the tiniest or ugliest tomato. We are looking for “best presentation of a tomato as other food” (TAOF). Feel free to enter by posting pictures of your presentation of TAOF on your blog, and enter as often as you’d like. Let me know if you post so that I can look over your entry. A winner will be chosen by “acclimation of the garden blogosphere” or something like that.
Good luck to all, and enjoy your tomatoes however you eat them!