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Hurry up and grow little 'maters!

They're taking all the tomatoes away from us!

Well, not all and frankly only the worst ones - I'd hardly call those anemic restaurant things tomatoes anyway.

Here's a link to the current story.

Here's a link to a 2006 run of the same thing.

Think now is the time to grow your own - I think so!

June 10, 2008 in Tomatoes! | Permalink


Oh yes, I grow my own tomatoes. I garden for two, so I put in two cherry tomato plants, and 2 beefsteak plants. The cherrys are good on salads. The Beefsteaks get sliced on sandwiches. Such as the bread and mayo and tomato sandwich, over the kitchen sink.
Another place for the cherry ones: cook rice and let cool. Chop purple onion, scallions, some yellow bell pepper, toss in a handful of cherry (or grape) tomatoes. In a small bowl, mix some wine vinegar, a trace of sugar and a pinch of sage. Drizzle over the rice and veggie mix. Serve room temp or cold, with cold chicken or a chunk of bread. (When we order chinese delivery I rarely eat the rice - -into a zippy bag, into the freezer. Let thaw on the counter and there is no cooking required!!)
When there is a plethora of tomatoes and we just can't eat another (zits) I quarter them after washing and toss into zippy bags and into the freezer. In the winter when I make soups and stews, in goes a bag of tomatoes. The skins float to the top and get tossed, and I have fresh flavor!
Yea, come on tomatoes!!

Posted by: avat at Jun 19, 2008 7:00:32 AM

Oh man! I'm gonna have to try that rice recipe, avat! I used to make something similar in college:

White rice
cherry tomatoes
butter (or olive oil)
parmesean cheese

Yeah, I wasn't much of a gourmet cook back then, or a gardener. Plus, I didn't know how to use herbs.

Posted by: Lorika at Jun 20, 2008 11:26:29 AM

Main reason for me growing my own tomatoes has been the increasing cost of tomatoes in the UK...all loving wrapped in tons of plastic.

Posted by: Rob at Aug 20, 2008 3:12:14 PM

I love to talk about tomatoes!
I grow all organic heirloom varieties and love so many of them we started our own tomato business.
My favorite for this year is an heirloom called 'green grape' a juicy cherry tomato. But I also agree with Ruth- Garden Peach is a great tomato!

Posted by: growing tomatoes from seed at May 28, 2010 12:09:17 AM