A Tomato Crop and a Tomatoholic

A Tomato Crop and a Tomatoholic

Today I went tomato harvesting in our vegetable garden. We had quite a crop! They ranged from the little Sweet 100’s to some very large 16 ounce tomatoes. This wasn’t our first large harvest. We’ve had a steady diet of the red wonder fruits throughout this summer. We’ve eaten them sliced on turkey sandwiches with a generous helping of mayo, the traditional BLT (again with mayo), with pasta (nope no mayo here!), in salsa, and I’ve even made 6 cups of sauce with 2 cups of juice left over. The juice and the sauce are in the freezer awaiting a future use this winter. It looks like tomorrow I’ll be making more sauce. Perhaps I’ll make a marinara with some fresh basil and oregano or maybe some more salsa with some garden grown hot peppers. Who knows? Maybe both! What would you do with a crop of tomatoes like this?

Of course that tomato talk assumes that our resident tomatoholic doesn’t eat them all first! Our little girl goes after the cherry tomatoes when we aren’t looking, clever little girl! Of course we really don’t mind her eating the tomatoes…they are pretty healthy.

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Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. Oh how sweet. There are few things she could be eating that are better for her than tomatoes. We have a grandson that eats nothing but cheerios, peanut butter cracker sandwiches, teddy grahams, goldfish and pretzels. Oh and reeses peanut butter cups. He ate corn as a birthday present to his mom. Your harvest looks fantastic, I would make sauce. I think it freezes the best and is so useful over the winter.

  2. Wow, great tomato harvest Dave. You should have plenty to make anything you like; salsa, sauce etc…

  3. We are lucky that the tomatoholic is a very good eater. Last night when we asked her what her favorite food is, she said, “pretzels and goldfish and tomatoes and fruit, like grapefruit and blueberries and blackberries.”

  4. What a good snack for a little one. I like the looks of those romas the best! What a super harvest!

  5. What an amazing harvest. I really need more tomato plants next year. i’d love a huge harvest like yours. Your little daughter is too cute.

  6. Great Harvest! Ah, you are so lucky to have a child which likes veggies! She is a cutie amongst those red delights! At her age, you could not get me to touch a tomato. But bring on the tomato ketchup! Ha.

    I sometimes blanch tomatoes to remove the skin then freeze them whole. You can make chili, soup, spaghetti sauce, etc during those cold winter months.

    Our Roma is full of green fruit and we are just waiting for the redness to arrive..

  7. The little cutie is eating what is best for her with the tomatoes. When Tina was that age we had to hide her grandmother’s garden tomatoes from her as she would not eat anything else!! After she had ameal she got the tomatoes (all she wanted) for dessert. She was a happy camper.

  8. Way to go on the tomatoes….although I now have an ulcer in my mouth from eating too many maters…. lol. Will that stop me… probably not.

  9. Way to go on the tomatoes….although I now have an ulcer in my mouth from eating too many maters…. lol. Will that stop me… probably not.

  10. Great looking harvest Dave. The little cutie couldn’t eat anything better for her. I think whole then you could do whatever you want during the cold months. Sadly mine didn’t do anything. Think I will try a different kind next yr. Patio not good unless it’s me.
    My crepe myrtle cuttings didn’t make it. Will have to try again.

  11. Dave,
    Hi…what a lovely sight…an adorable child, bountiful vegetables from your garden and growing on the cheap! You are feeding her garden candy with the cherry tomatoes!


  12. Looks yummy!

  13. I made 6+ cups of sauce, 2+ cups of just juice, and still had enough to make a spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner last night. We’re stocking up for winter! we ended up with 6 slicing tomatoes left over for sandwiches and other things.

    She really likes fruits of all kinds. We’re pretty lucky that she isn’t a picky eater, it sure makes dinner time easier!

  14. Dave,


  15. Mary Anne,

    That sounds great! I had forgotten about that one. I’d better go check and see if we have any mozzarella cheese left!

  16. I am making one of those salads today too!

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