They are here, the first tomatoes of the season.
It took a full ten weeks! Those are Sun Gold and Martina tomatoes, both early varieties, and it takes them as long as it would take a Brandywine to ripen fruit? My Brandywines are just starting to set fruit, though. Even the Early Girls still have nothing but green balls. It has been cold for a long time this spring and summer. Daytime temperatures below 60 and nighttime below 50 far more often than I care to count. Eventually summer arrived, for the last four days it has been hot, and today I got to pick the first tomatoes and make an insalata caprese for lunch. Finally!
Another first, eggplants. Those are Orient Express. The plants are rather spindly and so far they are mostly producing small fruit. Again, it could be that these past cold temperatures have weakened the plants or slowed their growth. Hopefully now that it is warmer they will grow fast and strong. We stir fried them Szechuan style for dinner on Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of it after such a long wait.
On the flip side this cold weather has allowed us to enjoy peas, greens, carrots, lettuce for a lot longer than other years, so I’ve managed to keep the table well supplied with freshly picked vegetables all along. However, after months of greens and legumes, a little bowl of tomatoes and a platter of eggplants are such a treat.
I am so excited, summer is here and there are ripe tomatoes in the garden. Finally!
For more delicious pictures and stories of harvests and to add your own, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday, and take a look at what other gardeners have been up to this week.