Friday, October 10, 2008

Bounty


It was supposed to freeze Monday night. So the kids and I picked all of the tomatoes in the garden. They were both little troopers, and Clayton, particularly, seemed to have a deep satisfaction in picking cherry tomatoes one by one and dropping them into the basket. Caroline was just happy to be in the garden with Mama. It didn't freeze, so now I'm using a little trick my mom did to get her tomatoes to ripen when it was too cold outside for them. Except I sorta cheated and used a tip from another lady that lives out here near us. Maybe because her name is Milly, I thought it sounded like a good idea. Or maybe because I'm lazy and my mom's method involves wrapping each tomato individually in newspaper vs. Milly's method which involves spreading the tomatoes in layers in a cardboard box with layer of newspaper between each layer. Anyhoo, I hope they ripen.
Those green ones are ripe. They're an heirloom variety that came in a mixed packet from Gurneys. Aren't they gorgeous? And I love my little yellow pear tomatoes!
Bird Egg Beans (another heirloom vegetable, these seeds were from my good friend, Sabrina, up here), green & wax beans, jalepenos and tomatoes.
Bird Egg Beans, unwrapped. Aren't they the coolest lookin' things?
A handful of the sweetest, juiciest little strawberries from our little patch. The perfect snack!

3 comments:

Jill said...

What a beautiful spread. Makes me want to get my hands back in the dirt. Hopefully if not this fall, then very early in the spring. How do you use the bird egg beans?

Erin said...

Wow, those tomatoes are too pretty to eat! Although, I could see them in a lovely pasta dish, or nice soup mixture..hmm..hope all your tomatoes rippen for you, I am in total garden envy! What are the bird egg beans? Never heard of those..

Shannon and Brad said...

How gorgeous. I'm amazed and impressed. I'm going to need your expertise when I move to a house with a garden spot!