So at best, that means it is possible to feast on the very best tomatoes imaginable for around 10% of the year. Think about that - if seeds get started in February, the plants get set out in May - nearly 50% of the year is spent pondering, planting, watering, staking, weeding and feeding....all for the incredible pleasures of those home-grown tomatoes for a period of time that hardly seems fair!
But I will choose to look at the bright side - that much-anticipated time is at hand! Instead of Sue and I fighting for the single ripe Mexico Midget or Sungold, there are numerous speckles of red and gold on those two plants - soon we will have a bowl of each of them on the counter. Joining them soon will be Green Doctors, Tiger Tom, Variegated and Kimberly. And best of all, there are two perfect, 12 ounce, ready to eat Cherokee Chocolate all ready to eat tomorrow. And I noticed that Cherokee Green is starting to blush, along with Speckled Roman.
So, for the next few months, we will pick, eat, assess, discuss - it will be all about oven roasted sauce, Pasta Salads, and, when the counters are full, we will embark on our annual canning ritual. Because the best way to relive these great summer tomato harvesting months is to pull out a quart jar of home-canned tomatoes...and start cooking!