rosemary, thyme and oregano. Marinated with lamb kabobs.
Midnight Sun. A gorgeous variety created by Karen Olivier. To my palate the taste is lightly citrusy, sweet and refreshingly flavorful. Texture is somewhat buttery/creamy and juicy. It’s a unique tomato for looks and taste. I love it, but this year it has some serious contenders for the number 1 spot in my books. This year only the top 15 varieties will be selected for next year’s garden. Midnight Sun definitely makes the cut: she’s still a top 5.
Salvaterra Roma, weighing at 2 lbs and 1 oz of pure deliciousness. Last night, like we do before every dinner, we have tomato tasting time with the family, where we rate and critique every tomato variety that goes in a salad. By a landslide, everyone voted the Salvaterra Roma their favorite tomato so far this year. It was described as “like eating a steak, smokey, rich and juicy.” It’s almost a shame to can this tomato. Next year I’m considering having a whole row for this variety. The plants are also loaded. Fantastic variety for sure! The only problem with this tomato variety is that I need 10 of those tomatoes to be able to scrape a few seeds for next year!
That a BEET?
It is. It’s a Bull’s Blood Beet to be specific. Isn’t she a beauty?
I bet the tops cook up good…especially mixed in with mustard or dandelion greens!
cook ours with some split kielbasa or smoked sausage.
Jim - all your stuff looks fantastic! I wish we could grow melons like that. We battle mosaic here - always. My cucumbers succumb to it every summer - and only live for about a month, producing. Downhill from there.
Looking forward to trying Shiros next summer . . . if my graft is old enough to set fruit. Yours look great. What are the ones next to the Shiros? Not Toka? Our Tokas were wonderful - tiny but amazingly juicy and flavorful. First harvest of those.
2 big Charentais melons, sorry no picture, but they were good, very sweet. I’ve been picking them so naturally I have to eat some.
my tomatoes are just now flowering and making fruit.
we had orca beans, kale, yellow squash and chicken for dinner.
Just realized that my Midnight Sun Tomato pictures didn’t upload from my post above. In case you were wondering…
The only fruit I have left hanging after a lot of persimmons dropped and squirrels took all my peaches, pears and apples way before they were ripe is 2 Lehman’s delight American persimmons and my first fair crop of muscadines. I’m hoping those make it across the finish line. In the meantime tomatoes and bitter melon are coming in heavy. I was away from a week and harvested these bitter melon off just two vines and have about as many of the bumpy kind still to harvest as well. I ate one of them at lunch. The smooth ones are definitely less bitter than the bumpy ones, but I enjoy both. I got my first Tromboncino today from a late planting, so those should be coming in pretty heavy soon as well.
Next I need to get out there to get the rest of the tomatoes, but just grabbed the big fella before the squirrels saw it. It is a Mega Marv, which is living up to its name. Not the prettiest tomatoes, but there are a few ripening bigger than this one, so amusing to grow.
hey, thanks for the compliment. Those plums are Methley plums. They have been consistent and delicious for 5 years now, love that tree. I have a Toka tree, which really hasn’t produced yet. I think the Toka tree is 4 years old now, makes a few plums, not enough to make netting the tree worthwhile. Hopefully next year! Glad your Tokas were good!
This Mariana’s Peace tomato that just ripened was so good. I made this caprese salad with some of my basil.
If you have not tried this… you need to.
Okra, squash, potatoes, onions all fried together…
We dont do potatoes now days but that is a awesome mix.
Thanks @TNHunter! I don’t really like fried food. But I’m going to quickly sauté this zucchini with onion. I like my vegetables not too mushy, a bit on the crunchy side.