Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Harvested A 30 Ounce Mexico Tomato Today!

And today's harvest includes 33 Snow White, 29 Red Currant, 25 Black Cherry, 14 Babywine, 13 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 11 Yellow Perfection, 8 back yard Garden Peach(2), 7 front yard Husky Cherry Red, 7 Oaxacan Jewel(2), 6 Tiger Paw, 5 White Currant, 5 back yard Green Grape, 5 Amazon Chocolate, 5 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 4 back yard Garden Peach(1), 3 Black From Tula (one 9 ounces), 3 Japanese Black Trifele (one 9 ounces), 3 front yard Speckled Roman, 3 Berkeley Tie Dye (11 ounces, 9.5 ounces, 17 ounces), 2 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (8 ounces, 18 ounces), 2 Black Krim (one 6 ounces), 2 Super Snow White, 2 Mong, 2 Silvery Fir Tree, 2 Patio, 2 SunSugar, 2 back yard Mexico (20.5 ounces, 30 ounces [not a misprint]), 2 Cuor de Bue, 2 Pierce's Pride (one 8.5 ounces), 2 Plum Tigris, German Orange Strawberry, Sweet 100, Oaxacan Jewel(1) (9.5 ounces), a front yard Garden Peach, Vintage Wine, Red Grape, Jaune Flamme and Beaverlodge Plum for a total of 219 tomatoes.

Wow! The garden, especially the back yard, must have heard me when I said they were looking tired and somewhat exhausted. Look at the sizes of some of today's harvest: Back yard Mexico (30 ounces), back yard Mexico (20.5 ounces), Dr. Wyche's Yellow (18 ounces), Berkeley Tie Dye (17 ounces), Berkeley Tie Dye (11 ounces)...that's 6 pounds of tomatoes right there.

Speaking of which, my wife was able to sell and give away 8 pounds of tomatoes yesterday and will be giving away some more to friends today. We're not drowning any more (though we're still swimming in tomatoes!) but our offer of two days ago still stands – if you're in our neighborhood and would like some, let us know.

Above is an iPhone image of today's harvest. The two Mexico tomatoes are to the right, the Berkeley Tie Dye tomatoes are in front and the Dr. Wyche's Yellow tomatoes are buried below others.

Needless to say, the 30 ounce Mexico is the largest tomato I've harvested. It actually weighs a tad over 30 ounces. It could stand a day or two of ripening. When I harvested it I could only see and feel the bottom of the tomato and based on that it was ready. It's a little green at the top but in a couple of days that will be gone. I'm sure we'll take more pictures of that tomato later.

And the plumber came out and fixed the plumbing. The tomato skins backed up in the kitchen cleanout so the water had nowhere to go, and out in the bathtub it came. All is well now.

We're now over 4000 tomatoes for the month (beating the original estimate) and both back and front yard totals for the month are over the 2000 mark. It looks like the front yard totals will overtake the back yard totals for the month before the month is over. Overall, the front yard totals are still 260 behind the back yard totals for the year but just 10 behind for the month.

It's good to see Patio getting a second wind. Last harvested Patio tomato was 20 days ago. Jaune Flamme is getting a second wind and in this unusual case, the second wind may be better than the first wind.

And in another unusual note, it's overcast early this morning.

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