I Dream of Tomatoes

Reader Contribution by Laura Damron
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I’m getting antsy … Remember that mini-greenhouse I built for my tomatoes this year? It’s working! There’s an absolute jungle of plants in there, some taller than me. Granted, I’m just shy of 5’6” and they’re in a raised bed, but STILL … I’ve never had tomato vines get that tall here in my garden.

Did I mention that they’re loaded with green tomatoes, as well? And loads of flowers, to boot? Well, they are. Our 10-day forecast is calling for temps in the 80s again, so I’m practically dancing with excitement over the possibility of getting ripe tomatoes soon. Oh, and speaking of weather – remember those three days of ridiculous rain last week? Not a problem at all. Everything remained nice and dry, and we didn’t lose a single fruit from splitting.

I think my favorite way to have tomatoes is straight off the vine, while they’re still warm from the sun. That experience just screams “Summer!” to me. A close second is oven roasted, with a bit of garlic and shallots, then tossed with some nice homemade pasta. Top that with a little chiffonade of basil and freshly grated Parmesan … yowza. 

I love it so much, in fact, that I’ll post the recipe next week, as soon as I get my hands on some tomatoes. Sorry, folks, but if I have to wait, then you do too. Besides, it’s just not the same without pictures. Worst case? I’ll go to my farmers’ market and buy some, just so I can make this for you. 

Until then, I want to know: What’s your favorite way to have summer tomatoes?

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