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Bumper Crop

Don’t let anybody tell you that heirloom tomatoes just don’t produce very well.


Mostly Pink Brandywine, couple of Cherokee Purples in there too.

This is just the last couple days worth, off three plants. We’ve gone through a couple of bowls full doing tomato sandwiches, bruschetta, chopping them over spaghetti, Kevin’s putting them in his salads…now they’re starting to pile up a bit as we run out of the usual methods. Kevin swears he’ll make salsa or sauce or something tomorrow.

There’s still probably a bowl worth ripe on the plants, I just haven’t gone out to bring them in yet. (When I get really ambitious, I have one potted tomato that has run its course and needs to be sent to the compost heap and replaced with petunias or something. Given the heat recently, I am not all that ambitious.)

It’s been a heckuva year for tomatoes—one of the Brandywines, trained over an arch, is really quite a glorious thing, and I’m probably going to do that every year now—and even the notoriously finicky Cherokee Purple is producing a bumper crop.

Incidentally, they are all upside-down in the bowl because America’s Test Kitchen determined in multiple trials that a tomato stored upside down—or with tape over the stem hole!—lasts two or three days longer than stored upright. Turns out that the air and the bacteria and whatnot that lead it to rot get in primarily through the hole left by the stem, so by placing them stem-side down, you get a couple of extra days on your tomato. How awesome is that?

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.


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I planted 3 heirlooms and one cherry tomato. i grew them all from seed so I know it was a cherry tomato, however instead of producing tomatoes the size of cherries, it is producing tomatoes the size of apricots. I've gotten 25 off that plant just this week. My "Ack! too many tomatoes" recipe for lunch is as follows, and works best with Roma/apricot sized tomatoes

Slice tomatoes in half and scoop out seeds. Place open face up on a baking sheet. Fill tomato halves with olives and feta cheese. Broil high for 10 minutes. Try to let them cool before you inhale them so you don't burn your mouth.

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