Oh my...I had to eat them all

Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)November 5, 2011

I'd picked several 'last of the season' tomatoes last Sat at a yard sale. I picked ripe ones, and green ones, and some that were partially ripe, but had cracks in them. Well those with cracks ripened all the way, and split worse, and were 'going bad' around the splits. They had been drawing fruitflies, so I decided to deal with them before they got any worse. I cut out the bad places, cutting generously to be sure and get it all, and ended up with a big plate of beautiful wedges that needed eaten right away.

They made for a nice lunch, but were really quite a bit more than I really wanted.

Do you ever have to 'eat them all' to keep them from going to waste? There really wasn't enough to mess with freezing.

End of the season tomatoes are, imho, very precious, knowing it will be a really long time before next years 'real' tomatoes ripen.

Sue

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mrs.b_in_wy(5a WY)

Oh, Sue. What a nice yard sale find.

I'm lucky to have a garden friend who has a greenhouse/solar room and often gifts us with ripe cherry tomatoes during non-Wyoming-tomato months. At those times, you bet I've found it's important to eat them all.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 4:20PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

What a nice yard sale find.
Well actually it was a 'moving' sale, and I spied the tomato plants all loaded down and asked for a few, and was told to help myself as several others had too.

I asked if the nice concrete wire tomato cages might be for sale. "No."
How about the big old iron wagon wheel (in a flower bed)? "No."
The doghouse? "No."

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 7:33AM
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mrs.b_in_wy(5a WY)

Hehehe. At least you got some tomatoes, though!

I don't think we would have found such a thing at a yard sale this year. Two hail storms 10 days apart in July wiped everyone out -- including 5,000-6,000 roofs and probably 10,000 cars, maybe more.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 10:32AM
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neohippie(8b)

If you have a small food dehydrator, that's where my tomatoes go when I have too many to eat all at once, but not enough for a batch of sauce.

Or, you know, you could just eat them all at once anyway, like you did. :-)

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 3:11PM
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