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Tomatoes!

Not a pumpkin, but a tomato!

Last Sunday we went to a tomato tasting party hosted by good friends Missus and Mister H, who planted a variety of tomatoes. I can't recall if Missus H said they put in 70 types or 70 plants.

Many of the different varieties looked huge and heavy. A couple I picked up had to be close to 12 to 16 or more ounces.


One of my favorites was a big red organic tomato called Boxcar Willie, which was named after Grand Ole Opry Singer. The Husband described its taste best—"It was sweet, and had a rich flavor."

Another favorite of mine was Barnes Mountain Yellow, a very plump heirloom yellow tomato which ancestors were grown on Barnes Mountain in Kentucky. Its flavor reminded me slightly of smoked salmon.

I also liked Lemon Boy, a true yellow of a tomato, which was your average size of a tomato. I don't remember the flavor, which tells me that I was probably more enamored with its name.

There was an heirloom tomato called Abe Lincoln that I thought its flavor tasted like the aroma of a log cabin. Did it really or did I imagine it? Chissa. Who knows.


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  1. I had no idea there were that many varieties of tomatoes.

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  2. Wow … they all look so tasty and the names are creative and whet the appetite even more.

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    1. I went home with some of the different diced tomatoes, which I combined into a tasty soup. Yummmmm.

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  3. Oh. I would have loved to be there!

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  4. A tomato tasting festival sounds like such a good idea! I tend to buy tomatoes at the grocery store, and even the seed packets when I grow my own at the big box store have limited varieties. It looks like I am going to have to expand my range of tomatoes next year.

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    1. I think Missus H bought some of her seeds online. Probably the best way to find different heirlooms.

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  5. I would love that! All I know is cherry and beefsteak. My tomatoes did poorly this year. Too much heat and torrential rains.

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    1. Four volunteer red and golden yellow cherry tomato plants popped up and has been giving us tasty sweet fruit throughout the summer. I might try growing Boxcar Willie tomatoes next year.

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  6. A Tomato Tasting! How wonderful. :)

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    1. It was a private, intimate affair, which made it even more wonderful. No elbowing out crowds for a taste of a tomato sitting invitingly at the center of a table. :-)

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  7. Who doesn’t love a good tomato? My hubby adores tomatoes

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    1. The first time I met someone who didn't like tomatoes, I was floored. Back then it was easy. Store tomatoes tasted so flat that I didn't buy any for the longest time. The Mama grew tomatoes so always sent me home with bags full.

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  8. It's hard to carve those things.

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  9. What fun!!! I like your neighborhood.
    (and, i can hear my daddy's voice - he enjoyed a good homegrown tomato.)

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  10. Dang, that is an impressive array. I'd be in pink lady hog heaven. How did I forget to pick up some tomatoes on my foray into the world yesterday? Smoked salmon? Can you imagine that freshly cut tomato with a little salt and some bagels and lox? MMMmmm. A schmear of cream cheese, maybe some eggs, I think I'm hungry.

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    1. Oh, gosh, yes. I know I'm hungry. I wish now I hadn't put all the big tomatoes in the freezer.

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