They're back...those little red guys

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This post title reads (oddly) those little red guys are back
like I was having a serious break out or perhaps a case of poison ivy
but fear not...in reality I finally have tomato plants in my yard (again).  
Whew...tomato panic over : )

 Not sure what it is,  but a kitchen garden just isn't complete without these little red guys.....
the lowly and much maligned tomato plant.
The tomato plant can either be your crowning glory or the agony 
of your forever present brown thumb

which are you?

I often hesitate (even today) to purchase the little buggers at the grocery store. 
I'm spoiled. I've tasted tomato heaven...nirvana in a red suit. 
Yes my gardening gurus...we are equally appalled
and overjoyed by the often scary quantity of offspring 
a single plant will give and....
we are in love with all things tomato..ey

We sauce them and caprese salad them
We creatively arrange them on little toasts with basil fronds 

 And lets not forget the joy of knowing that their yours...you own them
you grew them 
and now you may eat them (all 4000 little cherries?)
 any which way you choose.


I had many, five to be exact,bumper crop tomato summers 
while we were living in Ojai
I've grown the best heirlooms, 
Cherokee, Black Krim, Green zebra
Yep... San Marzano, little yellow pears, 
The Mortage Lifter, Super Sauce, Sweet 1000, 
Early Girl and late Harvert.... the list goes on and on

 I've picked them green, gold, peach, red, orange,
 broken, split, oozing, buggy and just plain ugly
 and I have love and enjoyed each and every one.
Eating a tomato off the vine, mid summer, hot from the sun is one of 
God's great gifts.

The juice flows and the sweet taste is like none other. 

The serious gardener and the "wanna be" beginner and urbanite 
all rejoice in their first ripe tomato.
You've earned it kids!
 Eat your work!
 It will slay you

The tomato is a rite of gardening passage 

 Camera in hand I photographed them on the vine,
 in a bowl, on a pizza, in a basket, on the grass, 
in a  salad, on the porch....yes everywhere but in the bedroom

 They gave me the inspiration
 for some of the best dinners I've ever eaten
 Will you deny that they are not beautiful?
Yes they are and we love them


I have so missed the vegetable garden and my little red buddies 
and I finally have a nice spot in our new house.
 It's small and not perfect but...
I vowed I would get at least one tomato plant in the ground by June 1st 
and I actually got to plant 4!!!



wish me luck
and
eat your tomato's 

their good for you

carry on tomato gardeners

xxoo

kel

38 comments:
  1. Oh how I love tomatoes! Your photos are beautiful! I love summer months and the abundance of garden vegetables....Nothing like it!

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  2. i have always loved your tomato posts. you have always grown and photographed them so beautifully. you are right, a beautiful tomato can inspire an entire meal or even party! i'm finding up here in utah corn is the star of the farmers markets. tomatoes are much rarer and v expensive compared to southern california. but the corn is exceptional. x

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  3. Beautiful!! I think i'm going to make myself a tomato sandwich for lunch. Your tomatoes look beautiful.

    Kathy

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  4. Oh I love tomatoes...yours are amazing.

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  5. I had a bumper crop of tomatos this summer and loving it! I even put some in the freezer so when I crave them in the winter months they'll be there. Love your tomato photos!

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  11. I would love to hear what variety you chose for your one tomato? I find what grows well for me changes from year to year.

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  13. There's nothing quite like home grown tomatoes, is there? My husband planted some in our garden this year, and I've tasted a few ripe ones so far. Your tomatoes look awesome. Enjoy!

    ~Sheri

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  15. I love nothing more than a fresh home grown tomato in the summer…just the best!

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  22. Here in the mountains of NC those little guys are called "tommy toes". Or were. I'm not sure there are many around anymore. My FIL saved seeds from year to year to make sure his were what he wanted. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you.

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  28. Que lindos tomates, ter verduras colhida na horta é tudo de bom. Adorei teu blog
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

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