Friday, August 13, 2010

A Bevy of Tomatoes

Last year’s tomato crop was a disaster due to the tomato blight that struck the Northeast. This year is a different story, as witnessed by the tomatoes I picked from my garden over the past several days.

I love the range of colors—these are all ripe or almost-ripe—and the names that go with them. For example, the striped greens are called green zebras and the bigger yellows are pineapples.

For a home gardener, tomatoes are also a cash crop. I picked some beautiful scallions yesterday, but a similar bunch would have cost me, at most, $2 at a farmers’ market. The tomatoes pictured, though, would cost at least $35, since organic heirlooms can fetch $4 and more per pound.

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