October Tomatoes

October Tomatoes

We had another harvest of tomatoes this week! We’ve been loving the sheer volume of tomatoes this summer and are sadly lamenting the end of the harvest that will be coming soon. The weather is still warm enough for the tomatoes to produce and there will probably be another crop before the frosts but the end is near!

Most of this batch of tomatoes has now become sauce but a few were saved to become sandwich ornaments. Well maybe not ornaments since these tomatoes have flavor and aren’t like your off-season store bought varieties that are picked green and shipped across the continent. Soon we will be going through the grieving process with a profound sense of loss for our favorite red fruits of the garden. Is it wrong to grieve the loss of fresh tomatoes? To quote a cliche “If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!”

We did find a few cayenne peppers ready to be picked amongst the tomato crop. The peppers are nearing their end as well. The poor peppers, their spotlight is dominated by the yummy red wonders of the garden world.


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. Beautiful harvest Dave. Pic perfect & they look scrumptious. Wish mine had done anything.

  2. Dave ~ I’m envious of those gorgeous tomatoes. I already used some of the ones I had frozen this summer and I had to *gasp* buy some at the store this evening. Oh, I am grieving with you.

  3. They all look good. What variety are they? They are such a pretty red.

  4. They a combination of Big Boy, Brandywine, and romas. The romas kind of ended up underneath so you may not be able to see them.

  5. We’re all “tomatoed out” here. But your October beauties look delish.

    Just thought I’d stop in and say howdy, if you’re THE Dave I’m thinkin you are, it’s nice hollerin at ya again.

  6. Whoops typos! I really can speak English 😉

    I meant to say “They are a combination of Big Boy, Brandywine, and Roma tomatoes. The Romas kind of ended up underneath so you may not be able to see them.”


    It’s good to have you visit even if you don’t know me! I’m not sure if I recognize you but thanks for stopping buy. I grew up in Western Pa near the Latrobe-Greensburg area, is that near your neck of the woods?

  7. It’s okay, I got it.

  8. Hi again Dave,

    I was thinkin you were “THE” Dave of Dave’s Garden fame. I’m still a member there (non-paid) and used to be quite active posting.

    I live about an hour north of Pittsburgh, around Slippery Rock, Grove City and Mercer.

  9. beautiful harvest

  10. TC,

    I wondered if that’s who you thought I was. Sorry just plain ol’Dave in TN! Dave’s garden is a great resource but I can’t take credit for that. I think that Dave is from Texas but I’m not sure.

  11. Sorry ’bout that “plain ol’Dave in TN.” ;~)

    You’re blog is full of useful info and I think I’ll be visiting often.

  12. Great looking tomatoes. We too still have them growing. I don’t think you’re wrong to be saddened about the end coming..I feel the same way.

  13. The tomatoes are wonderful looking Dave and have given me a serious case of envy! Cured by planting my own tomatoes next year….maybe!


  14. What a tasty looking harvest of tomatoes Dave. There is nothing like a fresh from the vine tomato.

  15. I thought I spotted a pepper amongst the red beauty’s then you confirmed it. I look at pictures before I read the content.. lol…

    Your crop looks great and I know how sad you will be when they are gone. We still have maters growing and have not bought one in months! I had the best luck with Romas and will have them again next year…

  16. TC,

    No offense taken, all in good humor. 🙂 I think some people have found this site through search engines when they were looking for Dave’s garden.


    Thanks for the reassurance! At least the tomatoes will be with us through the freezer, not the same but still better than store bought tomato sauce!


    Make a raised bed garden with all your stone and put plenty of compost in it! I’ve been very happy with the result this year. Although I need to do what Tina does with staking them up. She uses concrete reinforcement wire and makes her own cages.


    I agree with you completely, nothing better than a fresh ‘mater!

  17. Skeeter,

    I was harvesting the tomatoes and saw a couple of those peppers and picked them. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with them, maybe a last batch of salsa, or if I can save them for a bit use them in some nice gameday chili!

  18. Yours look great. Mine are producing well too. Only a little while longer till we get a killing frost. I will miss them.

  19. Beautiful tomatoes!!

  20. Oh, it is about chili time! The Saint picked two peppers yesterday and I think I will suggest they go into a chili…

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