We are happy to report those very two beauties (above photo) made it to the table. Promptly slicing up these red lovelies and eating every single bite in one lunch sitting my mind kept repeating, "now THIS is how a tomato is supposed to taste!" The delicious, sweet flavor and firm consistency instantly conjuring up memories of childhood days round my grandmother's dinner table. She was the type that always had more food than the number of folks at the table could possibly consume. Included in every meal were sliced tomatoes adorning their very own plate and her pickled beets to accompany in their very own glass bowl. Always the same plate; always the same bowl. No matter what else was being served for dinner there were dishes of her homemade sweet pickles and scrumptious fresh veggies served along with the meat, potatoes and biscuits. I particularly loved cucumbers drenched in vinegar so she managed to have a dish of them set out on her southern-laden table. If only I'd have paid attention when she was canning tomatoes, pickling beets and making jam... sigh...
Southern people are good eaters. Not that other folks aren't but southern people just know how to cook up some really good grub and we love to be loved for our cooking.
Anyway, that doesn't have anything to do with where I was going with this post. Just thinking about my grandma and her relatives gets me kind of sappy and prods me to want to overeat some fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Anyone want to join me?
Back to Reality Where the Garden is Small
Daily the veggie harvest is increasing.
I don't think I've mentioned yet in all my blabbering about the veggies how absolutely tender and delicious the green beans have been. Granted they might be the easiest thing in the world to grow BUT... I've never grown them before and I'm elated at the daily fresh picking of green beans. Just in case anyone wants to know I direct sowed Burpee Bush Blue Lake 47 (Green Bush Snap) seeds on March 17 and an additional row on April 10. If I had more room I'd sow more now for a longer harvest. Alas, I do not have anymore room but I will sow more seeds in the fall.
I'm making a habit of plucking my tomatoes before they get completely ripe and then letting them complete the ripening process on the kitchen window sill or in a proper (cute, of course) bowl or basket. This method was something I remembered as I was waiting for my 'big' tomatoes to get completely ripened on the vine. It was one of those 'I could have had a V-8 moments'... slapping the palm of my hand on my forehead like oh, now I remember. Does anyone else do this or is it just something we do down here in the south? It actually works quite well and nowadays there are always ripe tomatoes to be eaten.