Images show why I expend so much effort taking notes, saving and acquiring seed, trying new varieties, starting plants and babying them for such a long time, caring for and tending to the plants once in the garden, and fretting nervously about hail when the summer thunderstorms roll through - so I can smile with satisfaction when finally having a slice of that first beefsteak on the dinner plate. Pure heaven. I put up with eleven months of mostly crappy Minnesota weather every year for the one month of peak tomato harvest. As far as I am concerned every other vegetable I grow could fail and I would not care as long as I get my tomatoes.
At present I have nine crates like shown, ready for processing. A very good situation to be in, I must say. I am also supplying some local fellow gardeners who got hailed out this summer - hopefully this will keep the good karma going, because I fear that my turn is way past due.
Happy Tomato Harvest!