According to Guy Clark, there’s only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and home grown tomatoes. What would life be without them? The song was released in 1983 by Clark and also popularized by John Denver in 1988 on his album Higher Ground.
The tomato plants in my garden are doing well this year. The cherry tomatoes are ripening now. They are so good in a salad or just popped in the mouth right after picking off the vine. The larger sized tomatoes are still green but growing in size. There are lots of them. We should be feasting and freezing the extras by August.
Sixteen years ago, I didn’t have a garden. We stopped at the local farm stand for produce. One day, I was in a different part of town and noticed a farm stand advertising home grown tomatoes. It was the first stand I’d seen that season with them available. I made a quick turn and stopped to look. They did look delicious, all plump and red. I asked if they were actually locally grown. He assured me they were and even named the town. I bought a few. It was August 3rd.
We used them in salads and sliced them on buttered toast. They seemed a bit firm and lacking in flavor. You know me. I am a science teacher. I felt an experiment was in order. We saved the last tomato for the trial. I wrote the date of August 3rd on the skin of the still firm tomato and set it on the window sill.
Weeks went by. There was no evidence of change in that tomato. Two months went by with still no change. By late October, we were afraid to cut into it. But, it still seemed firm and ok. Finally, on November 3rd, it showed signs of getting soft inside. I marked the calendar, took its picture, then threw it away. We were certain it was not a locally grown tomato.