Late Tomatoes

I’ve just come in from picking tomatoes.  In a normal year that would be no big deal.  But after losing everything we planted in May to blight, I wasn’t sure we’d have any tomatoes this year.

Every year we try to plant a “late garden.”  The late garden is for summer crops, intended to arrive late in the summer.  It’s part insurance and part just a way to stretch the summer veggies out.  So in the middle of June I planted a couple of rows of tomatoes in the late garden.  And now, as we’re able to enjoy them and provide them to our CSA members, I’m glad I did.

The blight is killing the late tomatoes as well, but much more slowly (oddly, it seems that our earlier crop suffered from “late blight” and what we have now is the more common, less catastrophic “early blight”).  So even as the blight moves slowly up the plant we’re still able to harvest lots of tomatoes.

We’ve been pigging out on tomatoes lately (and so have our pigs).

Next year I’m planning to plant more of the blight-resistant cherry tomatoes that thrive here.   We’re also going to put more tomatoes into our late garden.  It’s just not summer without vine-ripened tomatoes fresh from the garden.

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5 comments on “Late Tomatoes

  1. Bob Braxton says:

    to err is human, tomatoes di-vine

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  2. El Guapo says:

    Are the blight resistant ones genetically modified?

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    • Bill says:

      No. They’re an heirloom called Matt’s Wild Cherry. Supposedly they were discovered growing wild near Hildago Mexico. They grow wild all over our farm now and are naturally blight resistant. To the best of my knowledge there are no genetically modified tomatoes.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    That’s right, re: genetically modified tomatoes. They have messed with them. The first GM tomato was the FlavrSavr, designed for longer shelf life. It’s no longer available, and has been taken out of the EU, too, I believe.

    Better late than never, re: tomatoes in general. I never did get one this year that really had “that” flavor – even from the farms. Maybe I should come live with your pigs. 😉

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    • Bill says:

      I’d forgotten the FlavrSavr fiasco.

      I’m sure they’ll eventually put GMO tomatoes back on the market, but for now there aren’t any. The tastes-like-cardboard tomatoes that are prevalent now are hybrids, but they aren’t genetically modified. They have no taste because they’re selected for shelf life and uniformity of appearance, rather than for taste. They’re picked green and “ripened” with ethylene gas.

      Usually the uglier the tomato, the better it tastes.

      Our pigs are good company, but if you ever make it out our way we can arrange better accommodations than that. 🙂

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