Here at 1840 Farm, we have had a banner year for heirloom tomatoes.
My husband and I grew some Heirloom Beefsteak and Brandywine slicing tomatoes, and an assortment of cherry tomatoes including Black Cherry, Gardener’s Delight, and Blondkopfchen.
Between us there have been pounds of tomatoes eaten and pounds processed for the coming winter months. We do love our tomatoes.
But, we have had a good chuckle because in one growing season, we won a ‘biggest’ and an ‘ugliest’ tomato contest.
The biggest tomato contest was sponsored by Jennifer Sartell, Iron Oak Farm. They have a great farming/gardening blog and sell some wonderful, unique gifts in their Etsy shop including roving and hand forged items by her husband.
We’re also in the running for the ugliest tomato contest on Soulsby Farm’s Blog. If you want to check out some really ugly tomatoes and hopefully vote for our entry, #11, head on over to their Ugly Tomato Contest.
Interestingly enough, both tomatoes were Heirloom Brandywines.
This gardening season we have battled tomato horn worms, beetles a plenty, and now late blight. I love organic gardening, but a good sense of humor is required because laughing is better than crying when you choose not to use pesticides.
However, in just one of our 4’x16′ double high raised beds, we have grown 46 lbs. 5 and 7/8 oz. of tomatoes so far. Hope your gardens have done well and provided you with lots of fresh produce.
We’re still harvesting but have to acknowledge we are moving into the fall and winter seasons – temps are dropping and leaves are changing.
It will become time to read all the seed catalogs so we can plan for the 2013 gardening season. Let’s face it – a gardener’s job is never done.