TOMATOES!

This 80lb motherload of beautiful tomatoes are courtesy of a local fellow Freedom Gardener (who heard it “through the grapevine” from another fellow Freedom Gardener ) that we were short of our typical surplus of tomatoes (normally harvest ~1,000 lbs and we are probably going to harvest less than 1/2 that this year).   Through a brief online correspondence via our sister site, we arranged a 1/2 & 1/2 swap. 1/2 cash and 1/2 goods.

Thanks to this local FGer generosity we now have enough tomatoes to preserve and get us through the fall and winter.

We are getting more and more feedback how wonderful our sister site is and it’s only going to get better – promise!  I think Freedom Gardens came at an opportune time for everyone, don’t you?

I hope all are gaining friendships and knowledge and even a couple tomatoes along the way!

This is just the beginning!

Guess what I will be doing for the next couple days – tomato sauce, salsa anyone?

Comments(18)

  1. Shirley says:

    Anais, that is good news.

  2. Shirley says:

    Anais, that is good news.

  3. Terry says:

    Your site has been so inspiring to me this year, my first attempt at vegetable gardening. I had poor results, mostly from starting too late, but I learned a lot and have a much better understanding of how to do it next year! I live in Michigan so the growing is finished for the year, but I do have a few green beans and green peppers stashed away in my freezer. Even just looking at your pictures, I have many ideas for my next season. I started composting and am already seeing good results in the compost lasagna piles, can’t wait to use it! Not to mention the many trash bags I did not take to the curb on garbage day. I joined the Freedom Garden, although I really haven’t had time to hang around there.

    Keep up the good work! Every part of your site is so very helpful. I just wish I lived close enough to come and see it in person.

  4. Terry says:

    Your site has been so inspiring to me this year, my first attempt at vegetable gardening. I had poor results, mostly from starting too late, but I learned a lot and have a much better understanding of how to do it next year! I live in Michigan so the growing is finished for the year, but I do have a few green beans and green peppers stashed away in my freezer. Even just looking at your pictures, I have many ideas for my next season. I started composting and am already seeing good results in the compost lasagna piles, can’t wait to use it! Not to mention the many trash bags I did not take to the curb on garbage day. I joined the Freedom Garden, although I really haven’t had time to hang around there.

    Keep up the good work! Every part of your site is so very helpful. I just wish I lived close enough to come and see it in person.

  5. GarlicMan76458 says:

    This is how it is supposed to work!!! Hooray and three cheers for the Freedom Gardener who came forward to share their tomatoes!

    That person started a ripple (a good vibration)… let’s keep it going.

    GarlicMan76458 on FreedomGardens.org

  6. GarlicMan76458 says:

    This is how it is supposed to work!!! Hooray and three cheers for the Freedom Gardener who came forward to share their tomatoes!

    That person started a ripple (a good vibration)… let’s keep it going.

    GarlicMan76458 on FreedomGardens.org

  7. Claudia Griffith says:

    Hi,
    Do you have a good canned salsa recipe that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
    Thank You
    Claudia

  8. Claudia Griffith says:

    Hi,
    Do you have a good canned salsa recipe that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
    Thank You
    Claudia

  9. Cynthia says:

    Seems like it was a bad year for tomatoes according to my own experience and some other fellow socal gardeners. Everyone seemed ot have less then amazing results, so your experience makes us feel a lot better. 🙂 Last year I was harvesting 4 washtubs of tomatoes a week with 8 ‘better boy’ plants and I couldnt give them away fast enough This year I barely got 12 quarts canned and some for fresh use- in their new plot the plants just never seemed to thrive and take off as well as they did last year- and finally in August they got attacked by a bad spider mite problem that finally killed them off. If only I had been blessed with as much tomatoes as last year I’d have gladly shared some with you guys too (I’m a 40 min drive from you).

    My ‘winter’ crop of tomatoes failed as well, 3 weeks ago they suddenly started curling, stunting and taken over by mites, in 5 years of gardening I have never had tomatos go south so quickly without warning, not sure what the deal is. My kale is overun with a plague of harliquen bugs as well, and despite and annoying reoccuring flareup of powdery mildew on my butternut squash I have harvested about 25 of them to can and theres a good 15 outside on the ground and the vines are still flowering.

    I’m glad to hear someone was lucky and was blessed with a good tomato harvest and could share with you. Perhaps next year will be a better tomato season for us all!

  10. Cynthia says:

    Seems like it was a bad year for tomatoes according to my own experience and some other fellow socal gardeners. Everyone seemed ot have less then amazing results, so your experience makes us feel a lot better. 🙂 Last year I was harvesting 4 washtubs of tomatoes a week with 8 ‘better boy’ plants and I couldnt give them away fast enough This year I barely got 12 quarts canned and some for fresh use- in their new plot the plants just never seemed to thrive and take off as well as they did last year- and finally in August they got attacked by a bad spider mite problem that finally killed them off. If only I had been blessed with as much tomatoes as last year I’d have gladly shared some with you guys too (I’m a 40 min drive from you).

    My ‘winter’ crop of tomatoes failed as well, 3 weeks ago they suddenly started curling, stunting and taken over by mites, in 5 years of gardening I have never had tomatos go south so quickly without warning, not sure what the deal is. My kale is overun with a plague of harliquen bugs as well, and despite and annoying reoccuring flareup of powdery mildew on my butternut squash I have harvested about 25 of them to can and theres a good 15 outside on the ground and the vines are still flowering.

    I’m glad to hear someone was lucky and was blessed with a good tomato harvest and could share with you. Perhaps next year will be a better tomato season for us all!

  11. Susy says:

    How exciting. My tomatoes did great here this year, I’ve gotten about 70lbs so far. I definitely need to plant more tomatoes next year. Although I am buying them at the farmer’s market so they’re local.

    HM, if only I could figure out how to trade website work for tomatoes.

  12. Susy says:

    How exciting. My tomatoes did great here this year, I’ve gotten about 70lbs so far. I definitely need to plant more tomatoes next year. Although I am buying them at the farmer’s market so they’re local.

    HM, if only I could figure out how to trade website work for tomatoes.

  13. Melissa says:

    I have been reading your blog for months and always find it inspiring! I also have a profile on Freedom Gardens as I had my first garden this summer and over the last month have learned to can.

    I noticed in the pic above that you use Kerr cans for canning. I have been using Ball (which I think are about the same since they are made by the same company) and recently found out that the lids use BPA plastic. I discovered it when I smelled a strange burning plastic smell while heating the lids before canning. With all the negative press about BPA leeching into food, I switched over to Italian made cans- Quattro Stagioni by Bormioli Rocco. They use rubber instead of the BPA plastic to seal the lid, cost a little more but I found their price reasonable.

    You can find them on The Container Store and Target websites.

  14. Melissa says:

    I have been reading your blog for months and always find it inspiring! I also have a profile on Freedom Gardens as I had my first garden this summer and over the last month have learned to can.

    I noticed in the pic above that you use Kerr cans for canning. I have been using Ball (which I think are about the same since they are made by the same company) and recently found out that the lids use BPA plastic. I discovered it when I smelled a strange burning plastic smell while heating the lids before canning. With all the negative press about BPA leeching into food, I switched over to Italian made cans- Quattro Stagioni by Bormioli Rocco. They use rubber instead of the BPA plastic to seal the lid, cost a little more but I found their price reasonable.

    You can find them on The Container Store and Target websites.

  15. risa bear says:

    Sweet! and those jars look sooooo good!

  16. risa bear says:

    Sweet! and those jars look sooooo good!

  17. Nao says:

    Just discovered you site and I love it! Am an avid Urban Gardner myself, just applying the fertilizer to my little plot of earth this weekend and getting my garlic in next!

    Autumn Blessings to you this bountiful Harvest!

  18. Nao says:

    Just discovered you site and I love it! Am an avid Urban Gardner myself, just applying the fertilizer to my little plot of earth this weekend and getting my garlic in next!

    Autumn Blessings to you this bountiful Harvest!

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