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An Abundance of Cherry Tomatoes

  Its late summer and tomatoes fill the kitchen.  Every morning we bring in another 1/2 bushel of large varieties and a large bucket of cherry and grape tomatoes.  We started growing the small varieties because they are our favorite summer snack.  A crystal bowl filled with mixed gem ...

Tantalizing Tomatoes

I have a confession to make.  I’m an unrepentant addict.  My addiction is tomatoes:  little ones, big ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, red, yellow, green, or pink.  I’m rather indiscriminate, except when it comes to taste.  And I don’t think I’m alone.  Admit it!  Aren’t tomatoes ...

Heirloom Really Is The Perfect Word For Such Treasures

I’ve read articles over the last few years that bemoan not only use of the term “heirloom”, but also the growing of such “flawed”, imperfect varieties. Some say it has become a buzz term, used by some to command higher prices for seeds, plants, produce or the products made from them. ...

Tomatoes, Peppers and Onions Oh My!

It’s that time of the summer when my tomatoes start turning red!  Just the past 2 weeks, we’ve been able to pick a few off of the vine that have been ripe enough to eat.  My daughter, in her excitement to pick fresh tomatoes has a tendency to scour the plants for any that she deems the ...

Picking Heirloom Tomato Varieties to Rescue

Picking a Winning Tomato to RescuePicking the tomatoes to try to rescue is an involved process. I have worked to save several cultivars and in doing so I am blown away by the variety out there. Tomato alone are said to have over 10,000 varieties and more are crossed, hybridized and evolve all ...

My Grandmother’s Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce

As a child, I lived as close to my grandparents as one could without living under the same roof. I grew up on a small acreage in rural Iowa next door to my paternal grandparents and across the street from my maternal grandparents. Our proximity meant that I could bake chocolate chip cookies and ...

Don’t You Have Any Red Ones?

I first began heirloom gardening in the summer of 2015. Prior to then, I had grown a few succulents and flowers here and there, and helped my green-thumbed mother with her vegetable garden, but I had never planted my own garden start-to-finish, seed to vegetable. In February, while searching ...

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