Tomato Days

Be careful what you wish for! I’m usually unhappy with the number of tomatoes flowing in to my kitchen in August and September–there never seem to be enough to satisfy me. But this year the harvest is approaching a flood of biblical proportions.

Last year, the plants had early blight, and suffered through the usual cool days in June and cool days in September (and maybe a few other cool days scattered through the season-this is Maine after all). This is the backside of me, in the garden about this time last year:

Now, this is me (albeit, BEFORE, Irene), with the tomatoes, a few days ago:

–and even though not as many tomatoes are visible in the second shot, they’re in there–mostly hiding and ripening away madly under all that nice healthy foliage!

The upshot of all this to date is over 30 quarts of tomato products put by: freezer pomarola (a spaghetti sauce precursor), freezer salsa, canned tomatoes and oven roasted cherry tomatoes. We have also been eating them daily, and giving lots away. This bounty means a goodly amount of time in the kitchen ( not knitting!), but I’m really NOT complaining, because I am getting EXACTLY what I wished for!


  1. Nancy says:

    We had a good tomato season in the Hudson Valley this year, too. Now I’m wondering exactly what my reasoning was when I planted soooo many cherry tomatoes!!

    Congratulations on starting Tullymongan Farm blog! It’s beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      I used to wonder that too, Nancy. Then I came across some recipes for roasting them, cut in half, cut side up, in a slow oven with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a few drops of olive oil. You leave them for an hour or two. They are scrumptious at that point, but you can also bag or jar them and keep in the freezer for the no-tomato days to come. All of a sudden having a lot of cherry tomatoes feels like smart planning! Glad you like the blog–Jonathan built it–we all are so impressed!

  2. mattie says:

    Wow This is SO beautiful! Congratulations!

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