It's been a fabulous growing season here! Rain, rain and more rain, and hot humid days have given every plant the extra boost needed to grow. Even the weeds. :(
Like most other crops, my tomatoes have over achieved this year. I planted six different varieties...one plant of each...and they've gone wild!
I planted Celebrity, Early Girl, Mountain Fresh, Amish Paste, Abe Lincoln and ?? I can't seem to remember the last one, and the tag is missing. All of them are producing large fruit that are ripening evenly without cracking (from all the rain) except for Mr Lincoln. I don't think I'll plant that one again. Those tomatoes are yellow on the shoulders and have mostly cracked. Lucky for the chickens, their pen is right next to the garden, and they get the rejects for snack!
This morning I picked a large bucket full, and made my first batch of salsa. I tried to make it a little on the hot side, since Eric and Jim both like it better that way, but I'm not sure I was too successful. Eric will be living in an on campus apartment this year at college, so I figured I'd send a stash with him. Hopefully he and his room mates will like it even if it's mild.
It looks like tomorrow or Saturday I'll have another bunch ready for picking...
My favorite cherry tomato ever is Sweet Baby Girl. I've not been disappointed in her this summer either. These beauties are just the right size for a bite sized taste, and they're wonderfully sweet...
This afternoon's harvest...
...and the batch of salsa that I made this morning is bubbling away in the canner as I type...so see...I'm not wasting time, I'm multi tasking! :)
Jim is about half finished with fourth cutting hay...Jenna is mowing the yard...Eric is at work...and we're enjoying our last week together as a family before both kids head off to college next weekend. It's going to be really, really different around here as we do the "empty nest" thing for the first time!
What's happening where you are? In your garden? On your farm?
Here's a link to the salsa recipe that we like!