Why, just look at we we're enjoying here at the Shed!
|RUTGER'S TOMATOE'S RIPENING ON THE VINE|
Olde German and Pruden's Purple (both heirloom varieties), ripening on Mr. Bears personal dancing table.
|OLDE AND PRU, PERFECT TOGETHER|
Super sweet Grape tomatoes delicious from the vine, as snacks, in salads or even cooked. (See this stuffed pepper recipe)
Here is a popular old heirloom favorite variety that is available through virtually every seed company and at every garden store, after nearly vanishing from the scene a few decades back. Many of you recognize the distinct pinkish coloration of the Brandywine tomato.
|THE BRANDYWINE HEIRLOOM TOMATO|
This last but undeniably most delightful of ripe tomatoes seems to be in woefully short supply in our particular zone. But worth a gander never the less!
What to do with all this garden goodness? Share with friends and neighbors, open a roadside stand, make sauce*, or prepare and freeze tomato based soups! Canning and pickling are valid options as well.
Most important, tomato seeds are extraordinarily easy to save - a post on the topic is coming, never fear - and it is a rewarding practice. The Brandywine, Olde German and Prudens Purple shown are established open pollinated varieties. Plants grown from their home-saved seeds generally give pleasantly reliable results.
This something to keep in mind; snow will be flying shortly and you will be planning the 2013 garden before you know it. Heirloom varieties yield genetically unmodified fruits and veggies and free you from the clutches of the Monsanto's of the world and their ilk**.
Thanks as always for stopping by at Uncle Mac's garden Shed.
*THERE ARE PEOPLE, KIND, GENEROUS AND GOOD HEARTED FOLKS NO DOUBT WHO NEVER THE LESS REFER TO THE TOMATO PRODUCT MADE BY REDUCING RAW RIPE TOMATOES TO A THICKER, NICELY SEASONED SUBSTANCE TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH PASTA AS "GRAVY". THERE ARE OTHER, MORE BARBAROUS SITES FOR THESE FOLKS TO VISIT, IS ALL WE'RE SAYING.
**WE HAVE LITTLE USE FOR ILK, HERE AT THE SHED.