Thursday, August 2, 2012

August Ingredient: The Tomato

I have always envied great garden's.  To me it seems to be a great mystery that some folks can really be great at.  There are so many variables that it tends to overwhelm me and I leave it up to my husband to be in charge of.  But the one thing I see everyone grow is tomato's!

How do you grow your tomato's?  Is there anything to the newest upside down growth method?  We were so busy this year that we just bought the half way grown ones and they seem to be doing really well.  Is there any way to get them to not all ripen at once?

This month let's really explore this "vegetable" and then we will all have ideas for what to do with all those tomato's when they are ready.
This is for those of you that get confused by the fruit/vegetable debate from Wikipedia:

The tomato fruit is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes and sauces, and in drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes (as well as by the United States Supreme Court, see Nix v. Hedden), which has caused some confusion. The vegetable is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.


  1. Nice choice! I've been chanting motivations to my tomatoes, hoping they come around. I think my two plants may actually have a decent crop this year if my toddler doesn't pick them first.

  2. I cheat and buy nice, big tomato starts from Costco every year! But this year my plant is not showing much promise. Missy, please include my darling tomato when you’re doing your motivational chanting! Here’s a fun fact I learned this morning from The Old Farmer’s Almanac: “To quickly ripen picked tomatoes, place them in a covered bowl with apples.” Can’t wait to see all the new tomato recipes that come out this month!

  3. My uncle who is a whiz at growing toms says to put green ones in a brown paper bag to ripen.

  4. I am somewhat saddened by this post because it makes me miss my Albany garden. I had the most amazing tomato plants and enjoyed tomato salads nearly every day in the late summer months. But, to get over my sadness, I will venture to a nearby farmer's market this weekend. Excited to see what you girls do to showcase these special veggie/fruits in all their summer glory!

  5. I am excited! I love tomatoes!