Today’s Harvest Basket August 30, 2014
Every tomato plant has ripe, sun warmed tomatoes. Photo PBH
Plus, four cups of cherry tomatoes. The neighbor’s tomato garden is about to run down for the season, not many more tomatoes will ripen. He has planted seed for a fall garden already.
In the upper left photo, may be the last of the Gold Medal tomatoes in my garden. Blight has cut the tomato season short. There is a Gold Medal tomato plant in a container on the deck. There may be as many as a half-dozen tomatoes on that plant. Blight is also overtaking the plant on the deck.
One pound and one ounce. Brandywine. Photo: PBH
As the “Italian Pompeii” plum tomatoes ripen, they go into a freezer bag. Sometime this winter, on a cold snowy day, I’ll pull those tomatoes out of the freezer and make some amazing sauces or chili. I learned this tip from Renee’s Garden.
To learn more about this beautiful, meaty plum tomato – Pompeii – Italian tomato from seed
or, Grow a spaghetti sauce theme garden in a 4′ x 4′ raised bed
Capellini Pomodoro made with plum tomatoes. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
Pomodoro is a simple tomato sauce made from plum tomatoes. A quick, light tomato sauce fresh made.
Literally, apple of gold, pomodoro is an indication the first tomatoes were yellow, not red.
It is time to plant lettuce and radishes.
Today’s Harvest Basket August 24, 2014
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, peppers, tomatoes
It is no surprise that tomato season is at its peak. Two of the tomatoes that are big producers, in my garden this year, are Arkansas Traveler and Martian Giant.
The Arkansas Traveler variety will produce, even in the hottest climates. The plants have produced pink 8 oz. fruits nonstop all summer. Once these plants start producing, it seems like I have picked tomatoes every day or every other day all summer long.
Martian Giant is a beefsteak-type slicer that produces a heavy crop of juicy, red, 12 ounce tomatoes. I bought these seed
Too many tomatoes?
because of the name. I was curious what Martian Giants looked and tasted like. They are a good, meaty tomatoes that you can’t tell from most midsize tomatoes. This is not a giant tomato. Nor is it from Mars. It is just plain good.
This is a basket of over 200 cherry tomatoes, just over four pounds. All of these are headed to the dehydrator. In a day or two, they will be sun-dried tomatoes. Dry and ready for storage in a quart size zip lock bag and stored in the freezer.
There were more cherry tomatoes, but I ate them while getting them ready for the fruit dryer.
Also, in the basket are some sweet peppers that look like a big jalapeno. But they aren’t hot. They are sweet in either the green or red stage.