Saturday, July 7, 2012

Harvested 3 New Tomatoes!

Today's harvest includes 37 SunGold, 15 Husky Cherry Red(1), 13 Husky Cherry Red(2), 7 Green Grape, 7 Crimson Cushion (6.5 ounces, 7 ounces, 6 ounces, 7 ounces), 6 SunSugar, 6 Yellow Perfection, 5 Red Currant, 5 Matt's Wild Cherry, 4 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (8.5 ounces, 10.5 ounces, 26.5 ounces, 11 ounces), 4 Yellow Currant, 3 Snow White(1), 3 Nyagous(1), 2 Chinese Tea, 2 Pink Berkeley Tie Dye(2) (7.5 ounces, 6.5 ounces), 2 Sweet Million, 2 Redfield Beauty, 2 Carmello, Berkeley Tie Dye (new) (17.5 ounces), Garden Peach (new), Olga's Round Yellow Chicken Egg (new), Black and Brown Boar(1), Ella's Pink Plum, Big Bite, Black Krim(2), Black From Tula (6 ounces), Giant Syrian (12 ounces) and Indigo Rose for a total of 135 tomatoes.

That's not a misprint, we picked a Dr. Wyche's Yellow that weighed more than one and a half pounds. Our record to date was a Mexico tomato that came in at 30 ounces.

Here's an image of today's harvest:

The pile in the lower left are the Crimson Cushions. The yellow row on the right are the Dr. Wyche's Yellow tomatoes. The beautiful Berkeley Tie Dye is next to the postal scale used to weigh the tomatoes. The back left has the two Pink Berkeley Tie Dye(2) tomatoes. And behind it is Olga's Round Yellow Chicken Egg.

Speaking of which, we had another small taste test this morning for breakfast. We tried Olga's Round Yellow Chicken Egg, Green Zebra, Yellow Furry Boar and Indigo Apple. Olga's Round Yellow Chicken Egg was the winner of this bunch. We harvested it at just the right time and the flavor really popped. Green Zebra and Indigo Apple were both good. The loser was Yellow Furry Boar. But there's no point in describing what was wrong with it because we simply tried it too late. We harvested it maybe a day too late but took three days to sample it from there. It gets a pass.

Yesterday my in-laws came over while I was at work. They brought our dog back (My wife had dropped our dog off with her parents before the 4th so we could enjoy dinner with some out of town friends that evening. You shouldn't leave a dog alone with fireworks going off everywhere...) and spent the afternoon with my wife. They loved the tomato sauce my wife made.

During the visit the dehydrator was brought out of the garage and set up. Many tomatoes were cut up and placed in the dehydrator. The contraption was left on over night and the tomato slices slowly dried. Here's an image from today:

Maturing tomatoes include Black Krim(1), White Zebra, Speckled Roman(3) and Italian Heirloom.

We've now havested more tomatoes as of July 7 (858) than we did in all of June (842).

And we've harvested over 500 SunGold tomatoes this year (512).

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