Tuesday, July 17, 2007

1ST TOMATOES!


The first of many tomatoes, plucked from the garden yesterday.
The dark tomato is "Cherokee Purple", an heirloom tomato I first tasted last year. It is an old-fashioned variety, tasting just like the ones Grandma used to grow. Nice and acidic.
Not sure exactly what the other varieties are, as the chickens pulled out all the tags just minutes after I had painstakingly labeled them in May!
They are nestled in an asparagus basket that my friend Lucy created for me last week using the unpicked asparagus at the front of the farm after it had gone to seed. She says it will last several weeks if kept out of direct sunlight.
Sweet, eh?

Cherokee Purple, just seconds before being slapped between 2 toasted slices of Farmers Market sourdough bread and several layers of sorrel, with just a slight schmear of mayo.
"Heaven. I'm in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak....!!!"

The fruits and veggies of summer make me seriously consider becoming a vegetarian.
That is, until I get a whiff of aT-bone steak being grilled over red hot coals!!!
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15 comments:

MGM said...

hey cyn pssst it's me:) and I could live on tomatos!

Lydia said...

Ooooh, I'd take that Cherokee Purple, sprinkle on some good coarse sea salt, and eat it just like that. Beautiful tomatoes!

Lovella said...

Ah my mouth was a waterin' at those tomatoes, fresh from the vine. There is nothing like them.
Then I scrolled down and saw the perfect peach and audibly groaned.

Enjoy the fruits .. .

cityfarmer said...

I bought a beautiful patio tomato at the farmer's market..we've been enjoy the "fruit" for a couple of weeks now...with a bit of steak or two....

Linda said...

I just had the first tomato from my garden yesterday too. There is no better taste in the world.

katiez said...

Sigh..... I'm so jealous....
I actually have to pay money for tomatoes that someone else has grown.
That heirloom looks really good!
Tell me it was wonderful?!?!

kansasrose said...

That is one beautiful tomato! The heirlooms are so good! I don't have any yet. It is so dry and hot! Have you ever had a kitchen sink tomato sandwhich? :) My grandpa liked sugar on his tomatoes.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

KR...I think the sugar was to offset the acid, as those old-timey tomatoes were quite acidic! And, pray tell, what is a kitchen sink tomato sandwich???
Yes, katiez, I can, indeed testify to the wonderful-ness of said tomato!

Lori said...

I've never heard of Cherokee Purple tomatoes! Look real good.

Aunt Jenny said...

They are just beautiful..I am so jealous.Love those heirloom tomatoes!! Tomatoes and cottage cheese are my all time favorite food...but only with the fresh ones. I have alot of green ones out there but no ripe ones yet.
LOVE the basket too..cute idea!!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Just read the zucchini recipe and am so excited- I have them coming out my ears! Guess whats for dinner???

HomemakerAng said...

our heirloom mr. stripey's are getting started too!!! made lots of homemade pesto to put on them! Yum!

Rosa said...

I have never seen purple tomatoes--city girl, what do I know? That basic is to die for. Even though I don't like tomatoes, the thought of a BLT makes my mouth water. Great photos!!

Yellow Mama said...

I love fresh tomatoes and veggies...looks so good!

HomemakerAng said...

i love the asparagus basket!