Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's a cruel, cruel summer...

Summer is done and fall's chill is in the air. The days are markedly shorter; mornings are later to have the sky fully lit, evenings are sooner to make the sun disappear. The cold wind is blowing the sunshine right out of the sky.

It's cruelly ironic that, all summer long, the weather was so cool that the tomatoes didn't produce flowers like the should so they didn't fruit well. About three weeks of very warm temps finally pushed them into production, but most of the new fruit that has set will never mature and ripen since temperatures are back down into the 60s at night.

So, two weeks ago I gave up on the fact that I was going to get any appreciable crop of tomatoes and went to the farmer's market down the street. I bought a large box of ripe tomatoes and slaved away an entire Sunday making 19 pints of salsa.

In the past week, though, some of the biggest tomatoes in my crop began ripening at a very speedy pace, and today, there are 18 very large tomatoes sitting on the counter. Had I only waited, I could have made the salsa from my own tomatoes. But now that I've made it, I'm loathe to run through the whole process again, because it is an onerous task. And by onerous I mean that I was so put off by making this year's batch that I said I wasn't going to make it next year. And here I'm thinking about making it again THIS year. Of course, if I do make it again this year, I'm almost certain to never make it again it after that. And if I don't make it, all these tomatoes I've slaved over go to waste. It's infuriating.


At 11:17 PM, September 10, 2009, Blogger Pua; Bakin' and Tendin' Bar said...

Isn't that just the way it goes? Sad part for me is, I would LOVE to have some of your slaved-over salsa! I guess I'll just have to make another trip to the East Meadow Bed & Breakfast.

At 9:25 PM, September 11, 2009, Blogger Jess said...

So, kids, guess what Bokey is doing right this very minute!

Not to worry! About that "if I do make it again this year, I'm almost certain to never make it again it after that." ... Yeah, if he hated it so much, he wouldn't be in the kitchen right now! :)

(Love you, honey!)

At 2:03 PM, September 12, 2009, Blogger zach518 said...

Don't feel too bad Marc. Kansas wasn't kind to tomatoes this year either. Would love to come
and sit down to a big bowl of your salsa and a
bag of chips!

At 9:16 AM, September 13, 2009, Blogger Marc said...

Pua: we would love for you to visit again!

Jess: :-P. And just FYI, I found a couple of shortcuts to make the process go a little more quickly...but it is still time-consuming.

Brad & Bob: Would love to have you back, too! Would love to have some salsa with you.

At 6:25 PM, September 14, 2009, Blogger pinknest said...

Tomato drama! Sounds like you're salsified. What about some gazpacho? Still a few warm days left!

At 2:02 PM, October 09, 2009, Blogger Michelle Ann said...

Lucky you! The tomato crop in Sacramento was a very meger one. However, the basil has been beyond prolific. I will have pesto for eternity.

At 8:20 AM, December 28, 2009, Blogger pinknest said...

What about marshmallows on the sweet potatoes?

Merry Christmas to you guys!!! Hope you had a lovely one.


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