Can we pick our tomatoes while still green,
We are new to growing tomatoes. Our plants are doing good just taking a long time to turn red. We are leaving to go on vacation for a week and My Husband wants to pick some of our green tomatoes to take with us. We only have a few that are yellowish orange, the rest are large but still quite green. He is afraid if we leave them behind either critters or human critters may help themselves to our plants. Our plants are visable to the street and we have no gate to prevent people from walking in . I am on the side to leave them and take our chances. Won't the flavor be compromised by picking too soon. What is the prefered way to ripen off the vine. I have been putting them in a brown bag on our window sill. My husband says to put them in newspaper to ripen but I am not crazy about that idea.
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.