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The murder-mystery tomatoes

August 31, 2009 - Frank Robinson
One of my favorite months is here.

September in Ohio brings to mind football season, cooler days and even cooler nights. The first of the fall leaves are beginning to turn. There is a small patch of leaves on my neighbor's maple tree that always is the first in my neighborhood to start turning. I noticed yesterday the subtle changes have begun.

It's also getting close to the end of the garden season. It won't be long until the garden is bare again and will await new life next spring. I have a little bit of a garden in the Howland community garden area on North River Road. I also have a small garden in my side yard.

This year, the garden didn't do so well. I always have been successful with tomatoes. Not this year. This crop is about the ugliest I can remember. The taste is fine. But, like a book, if my tomatoes were judged by their covers, they would be classified as a murder-mystery. Something murdered their skins, and it's a mystery as to how or why.

They make good canning tomatoes, however. I've got 13 quarts put away so far. I expect to have about 25-30 quarts in all.

So, as fall comes and winter closes in, I look forward to pulling those fresh tomatoes off the shelf in January. There is nothing like the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes when snow is on the ground.


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