August 2021 tomato updates

I always imagine (in June) that I will be eating fresh tomatoes off my plants in July and I think it is always August. That said, the plants are late this year; our weather has been uneven and I transplanted out my seedlings later than normal. BUT the tomatoes are coming.

First the cherry tomatoes. Yum.

These above and below are Cherokee Purples –I had decided not to plant them but a couple came on their own so I’ve kept them. I was going to give them up although the flavor is fantastic on this heirloom tomato, I find them unforgiving. Like pears, they are at ripest perfection for about a half of a second. Demonstrating that instantaneous turning point: “Cheered and check’d even by the selfsame sky, / Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease.” Well. “At height decrease” indeed. It means that if I don’t catch them at exactly the right moment, they go bad right there in the garden. BUT they are delicious. And so individual. And gorgeous ripe colors. I will simply have to check them every day this season to be certain I catch them.
These are (I think) Moneymaker tomatoes that I started from seed. I liked these a lot last year –which was the first year I had grown these.
These are either more moneymaker or better boy. I think they might be better boy. I also have roma tomatoes planted but they are even farther behind… which is a shame. I am counting on them for my sundried tomatoes.

And, finally, there are these funny little miniature tomatoes. A friend gave me a couple of plants a few years ago and they come back each year. I have them in the back of the rudbeckia bed next to some squash. They are lovely little snacks —I mostly eat them in the garden with them rarely making it to the house or into a salad. Here are some that getting ripe.

I will update with another tomato post at some point when more red appears. Meanwhile, I am going to go eat the cherry tomatoes.

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