Sunday, July 22, 2012
Post Produce: Tomatoes
Until today, my vegetable garden was teasing me with little cherry tomatoes called Mexican Midget and another small tomato variety called Tomataberry. Mexican Midget tomatoes are good, but Tomatoberry is so-so. Those are the little ones in the picture.
Then this morning -- ta da! Big tomatoes!
I've already followed all the required rituals for the first big tomato of the season and ate that one in the upper right in the photo above. (Warning: That link to the first tomato ritual information might frighten some people, so click on it only if you... never mind... click at your own risk).
The variety of this first big ripe tomato is... oh no! That vine didn't have a tag on it. Oh, dear. How sloppy of me. I can assure you, though, that even nameless it was delicious, juicy and tomato-y beyond belief. I almost wept as I ate it, it was so good.
I also don't know the other varieties of big tomatoes that I picked, other than the pink one in the upper left is German Johnson. It needs a day on the counter to juice up a little and then I will eat it very slowly because it is one of my all-time must-grow-it-every-year favorites. The reason I picked it a day or so early was because it was low on the vine, within reach of critters. I sure didn't want to chance having one of the rabbits or squirrels or raccoons eat my German Johnson tomato tomorrow morning after I dream all day about picking it and eating in the evening for supper. At least this way, my first beloved German Johnson tomato is safe.
I do love my tomatoes fresh from the garden and am delighted to post them today as part of Your Small Kitchen Garden's meme Post Produce, which takes place on the 22nd of the month.
I am also picking peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini squash. In fact, I just baked a zucchini pie this morning, good for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Pair it up with some fresh tomatoes from the garden, and as I like to say, "that's good eats".
Now with Your Small Kitchen Garden'sPost Produce meme, I feel challenged to figure out how to have produce, or something I grew to eat, every month of the year, just as I challenged myself to have flowers nearly every month of the year for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. The winter months will be a challenge, but I think I'm going for it. After all, I could grow sprouts, right?
Anyway, the harvest is plentiful, and I'm eating from the garden and giving away extra produce as I have it to give. What could make a gardener happier? (Well, this gardener could be happier if we had more rain or any rain at all and fewer weeds, but that's a topic for another day.)
What are you harvesting from your garden today?