Tomatoes are finally making an appearance in my local farmers’ market, and there are few vegetables (or fruits, really) that demonstrate superior flavor when eaten in season than tomatoes. This past winter and spring, I strayed and had been buying tomatoes out of season to make a favorite family dish. I have gone many winters without buying a single tasteless, mealy tomato, but last fall C’s wheat and milk allergies reared their ugly heads.
You might be wondering how this has anything to do with tomatoes. Well, a lot and nothing, really. But before I go on, I should also let you know that banana, avocado, eggs, chicken, peas, pinto and black beans, sesame, peanuts, and rice are also among the foods that cause allergic reactions in one or more of the members in my household (mostly C, and my son (H)). Continue reading
I have planted nearly everything that is going into the ground for the summer season. After I pull up the garlic, I will make that bed home to four more tomato plants, as well as a few more eggplant and possibly another zucchini. That leaves one small bed for the peppers, and that is it!
In my very first post for this blog I announced to the world my commitment to grow exclusively from seed this season, and I am sticking to it. I laid out the things I had learned about starting seeds up to that point. Here is that list: Continue reading