Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Tomato Harvest, in various stages of ripeness. The cats are fairly mystified about this new addition to their sunning window, but the humans hope for a few more (indoor) garden-ripe tomatoes.
We had the first killing frost on Saturday night, the day of a beautiful sunny Harvestfest in town. We covered diligently, but some leaves still got it. Then Sunday night FELT warmer in the evening, so we got a bit lax, and that night the temps plunged even further. Tomatoes did survive, but we took that as our clue to harvest, fast. Our garden suffered a bit this year from over-scheduled tenders: somehow it got away from us. But there were still WF-sized "Peace Vine" plants, with beautiful little 6 and 8 packs of grape-sized tomatoes, ripening in sequence.
Now, what to do with the abundance? Simple snacking seems somehow overly indulgent or not quite "long range thinking" enough, but it's what we're doing right now! Bittersweet, to enjoy such a summer taste with a Fall chill in the air...