The first thing I do when I get home from work, after releasing the hounds, is to check the garden. First I check to make sure the squirrels haven’t pulled off the ears of corn or chewed a small hole into a pumpkin, pulling out the seeds, and moving on to the next! This year I have been using dog hair in my garden to ward off the squirrels, and so far, looks promising! Dog hair is compostable and won’t hurt the bounty.
The second thing I do is check the tomatoes. First I checked the Cherokee Purple — nada! Then I looked at the two Chocolate Stripes and much to my dismay again — nada! Then looked way down inside and what did I find? Two beautiful Chocolate Stripe tomatoes fully cloaked in shades of red, brown and green! Have you ever seen a more beautiful tomato? I will be canning sauce this year and found a great recipe that uses white wine. I will definitely have my fill of tomatoes this season! Now if only those Aunt Ginny’s and Cherokee Purples would ripen!
Some recipe ideas with fresh-picked tomatoes:
Sliced organic Chocolate Stripes with fried (in coconut oil) pastured eggs.
Hot whole wheat pasta with olive oil, fresh homegrown garlic and chopped chocolate stripes.
Chocolate Stripes with a little sea salt and olive oil.
Chocolate Stripes with basil, fresh mozarrella and balsamic vinegar!
LET THE TOMATO FEASTS BEGIN!