I'm going to cook the smaller potatoes tomorrow night for dinner with pot roast and peas and harden off the rest. I'll fry up the tomatoes also. Might as well go all the way.I know that those fresh dug potatoes smell great from the ground, as is, and they are so much more flavorful after cooking, than any from the grocery stores!
Do you eat those fried green tomatoes, or do you ripen them in brown paper?
Yes that is how our jam and jelly is made also. Then there is a thing called conserve. I think that has nuts and any other item you want to throw in the jar as well. I never liked it. I even found some fruit skins mixed in. I don't grow strawberries anymore but they didn't do well at the local farms either. To much rain and dampness this year.Our tomato plants are still producing, although I don't think there will be many more. It was a great year for our garden too. We had a good crop of potatoes, the leeks, celery and kale are doing fantastically too. A mixed story on the soft fruit - strawberries didn't do so well, but loads of gooseberries. We also had the first crop of apples ( the trees aren't very old) and a great crop of crab apples that we used to make jelly. (not sure if that is also the US word - in the UK, jam is made with whole fruit, jelly is made with the juice)
I so envy you Ruth... I lived in Philly for 40 years and most years had a garden till the end of September.This was a very good year for my garden.
Pete they taste just as good as ever. Once in a great while we have a bad season. Last year was one of those years. They didn't produce as well as they usually do but the flavor was there. I think that is one thing Jersey will always have are good tomatoes. I don't think they ship well. They came out with a variety a few years back called Super Sonic. They were suppose to ship better. I grew them in my garden and found out why. The skins were like rubber. I don't see them much anymore. I don't think people liked them.I so envy you Ruth... I lived in Philly for 40 years and most years had a garden till the end of September.
I was wondering because I recently lived up in Alaska for more than two decades (where they have thousand pound pumpkins and cabbage that is bigger than a lot of children because of the 20 hours of sunlight in the summer) and now in 'hot' Texas but no where in my travels here or overseas have I found tomatoes like those I found at the "farm stands" along the highway between Philly and the shore.
Those tomatoes would make your mouth water while you were slicing them. I have even tried to find a place in Jersey that would FedEx some to me but no luck.
Ruth do they still have the same wonderful flavor or are they now like what we buy in the supermarket, mass produced and tasteless.
Enjoy your last 'taste' of summer.
They're beautiful Ruth, it must feel so good to grow your own healthy foods, you really have a green thumb!
Ruth I am glad to hear your tomatoes and those from Jersey still have the mouth watering taste, I may just have to fly back there next summer and get some. I am wondering why then the taste of Campbell's Tomato Juice has changed? I used to buy it in bulk from Sam's when I made my monthly drive into town for supplies but the taste change so much I stoped buying any tomato juce from Campbells. I did notice around the same time their factory in Camden closed so I figured they are now buying tomatoes from Mexico or some where out of the country.... I just do not understand how people do not notice the difference in taste and complaine about it.... Anyway enjoy your garden...petePete they taste just as good as ever....
I think that is one thing Jersey will always have are good tomatoes.
Perhaps they changed the recipe and include far LESS tomatoes in it?I did notice around the same time their factory in Camden closed so I figured they are now buying tomatoes from Mexico or some where out of the country...