August 2, 2010

You say To-may-to: I Say To-mah-to

Tomatoes. A staple of so many home gardens, especially in gardens tended by Italians.

For as long as I can remember, my dad has grown tomatoes. Fresh off the vine, they are like candy.
I am always amazed at how my dad's garden grows.

This year, I have taken a more active role in helping him with his garden and I now see all of the hard work he has done for so, so many years.

I am grateful.

Here is Dad and the first tomatoes.
A few years ago, I received the Seed Savers Catalog. Besides being visually beautiful, the fact that people are taking heirloom varieties of plants and making sure they continue to exist for years to come is just amazing.


I ordered seeds for Purple Russians. They are delicious and peppery. Love them!
Here are some other tomatoes that we have harvested.I made delicious Panzanella Salad. Crusty Italian Bread - cucumbers - red onions - basil - and of course, the star of the summer, tomatoes.I also made a Greek Salad with everything from above except for the bread. I also added capers and feta cheese.To think that in a few short months, tasteless, colorless, sweetless tomatoes will be crowding the grocery store shelves.

Ugh.

If I could only make these tomatoes last all year long!

"Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration."
- Lou Erickson

30 comments:

ANGIE said...

Oh, I love the Seed Savers Catalog! It is beautiful and I love all the heirloom varieties they have! I am glad your tomatoes are doing great and the salad looks yummy!

The Girly Tomboy said...

Carmie, those tomatoes look amazing! I definitely want to start growing my own tomatoes next year! They are just SO much better!

Those salads look DELICIOUS...I'm coming right over! ;)

Joy Taylor said...

you are making me hungry

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'd love to be able to grow tomatoes in my yard, but we have some snobby rules from our neighborhood association that outlaws them.

Barbie said...

Those are some good looking tomatoes!

Krissy said...

We started to grow some vegetables this year and tomatoes are what really took off! We really harvested quite a few tomatoes and I love it! We made a lot of salads, which I love!

I participated in Miscellany Monday too if you want to come visit us. :)

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Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore cucumber... that salad looks divine!!! I'm not a to-mah-to fan but I must tell you my neighbor marinated tomatoes with balsamic vingar and feta cheese for two day and then served them and they were DIVINE too!
Reading anything good this summer?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These look delicious, Carmie! As does your salad; except for the bread {cause I'm gluten free} I could eat that right now!

Sylvia said...

Ohhh I love, love, love fresh tomatoes...they smell soo wonderful too. Yours look very healthy and delicious! You've made me hungry..lol

Sylvia

Marie Anne said...

I've never seen a purple Russian. Sounds interesting, and I don't even like tomatoes!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Love those tomato photos they look so fresh and delicious...the Russian purple looks so different!!!

La said...

May I have some salad, please? They both look so yummy. La

Roo said...

I just got zapped trying to lick the computer screen. I wish I could download the panzanella salad right into my mouth.

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh my word! I can just taste those tomatoes. Nothing better than a fresh tomato sandwich ~ great bread, mayo, salt & pepper added. The salads are divine!

xoxo
Pat

Tempest Ahoy said...

Gosh, I love tomatoes. Especially homegrown, warm from the sun. And I say to-mah-to too :)

Brianna! said...

My dad planted TOMATOES this year, and we had LOADS of them
I LOVED it!!

xoxo
bB

CraftyMummy said...

Just popping over from Life in the Pitts...

I'm a hopeless gardener so I really admire your beautiful tomatoes!!

Lisa said...

OOOHHH Yummy! I am about to harvest a ton ot tomatoes too and I am so thankful for the ideas on what to do with them!

I am your newest follower from http://homemadehodgepodge.blogspot.com

Thanks
Lisa

NancyC said...

Your salads look really good! I've never heard of Purple Russians, but those sound good, too!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"OMG" I am making this tonight... BUT sadly I don't have the home grown tomatoes... Yours are heavenly...Thank you for the idea!!!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

The salad looks delicious. That reminds me, I have not had breakfast or lunch yet. YIKES> It has been a busy day, ~~Sherry~~

Miri said...

These tomatoes are just gorgeous! When I was a kid, I loved to eat tomatoes instead of summer fruit (like peaches)!

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Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

Mmmmm, that makes my mouth water! It feels so good to eat something picked fresh!

Dawn said...

hey girl! These look so yummy!I am your newest follower from FF :) Have a great weekend!
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MessyMissy said...

Whoa, those salads look delicious. Never heard of the Russian variety....they look tasty. Thanks for sharing!! :)

Becca said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for linking up!

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Jerri said...

Where I live people go crazy for fresh tomatoes! Your salad looks great!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

michelle said...

That looks SO good!!!! All those fresh veggies, yum!!!!

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