|My brother and I traded off driving this behemoth on the outskirts of Grangeville, Id.|
However, a funny thing happened when I went on vacation - the prodigal summer came back home. I think it only took two days of me being away for the good sunshine to hit. At first, I was kinda upset (re: pissed off.) Farmers in general tend to grind axes about the weather. And, what better axe to grind, than to bemoan the summer without a day of 90+. Of course, when that nice high pressure system decided to stick around for a month, I soon acquiesced, knowing that my garden was going to be L-O-V-I-N-' it!
Amazing what some heat will do for them 'maters. It's just been brilliant. I've retrieved a large bowl like that pretty much every night for the past couple weeks. After a disappointing 2009 season, and the record cold and rain from this spring/summer La Nina, this was a significant change for the better. Even that week long coastal front passed and were back to the warm luxurious 80's. How it warms the cockles of my heart!
I've gotten a good share of tomato varieties to ripen and here are few of my favorites:
|Vintage Wine - Striped Brandywine, excellent tomato|
|Azoychka - tasty Russian heirloom that is yellow with light red streaking|
|Black Krim - DELICIOUS!|
|Radiator Charlie - beautiful fruit, grew it as an after-thought, but so glad I did|
|Virginia Sweets - very intrigued by this near 2lb-er|
I'll have more pics later, but that's a pretty good sample. I've dehydrated a number of them, as that is my favorite way to consume them (just an intense tangy treat to gnaw on - about a million times better than jerky.) My wife made a huge batch of tomato sauce last weekend and we've obviously eaten a lot of them fresh as well. With this warm weather, they will keep rolling in for at least another couple weeks, which is great. I've got a couple varieties that I got planted late that I'm dying to see ripened (Red Brandywine and Marvel Stripe.) Hopefully I'll have an update on those in a week or two.
Until then, enjoy the summer!