For tomatoes, it’s been a great year! I don’t have a green thumb and I’m allergic to tomato plants. I’m ok with tomatoes but if I touch the plants, I break out in a rash. I used to could wear a long sleeve shirt and gloves and be ok but not this year. Almost walking in the garden and not even coming into contact with the tomatoes results in a rash so Vince has become the designated tomato picker.
Yesterday I spent a wonderful day sewing with a friend on her farm in a very isolated, rural area. No neighbors, no dogs barking, no cars going buy . . just wide open spaces of very well maintained farm land . . many, many acres. It was wonderful. I could have stayed there and never left.
When I got home, I was tired. The goofy thought that I might get to bed early passed through my head. Vince said “Should I pick tomatoes tonight?” I said yes because we didn’t pick on Wednesday and did pick very closely on Tuesday. He came in with over 70 pounds of tomatoes. This is about one quarter of them.
I stayed up til after 2 a.m. and only canned 14 quarts, the dehydrator is full and you can bet all day today, I’ll be canning tomatoes. It has to be done while they’re ripe . . can’t spread it out over the next month. Lots of work now but it will be worth it to have them all winter.