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Wait Just A Tomato Picking Minute! May 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.

This is a favorite time of year for us . . . tomato picking time at Hunsader Farms.

The first thing we pick is a good day to head out to the fields to fill our buckets with fresh tomato goodness.

Appearances not withstanding, we do NOT get carried away ~> tomato picking time is NOT the time to intone “less is more.”

We pick enough for us to enjoy with plenty more to give away.

Here are the bowls of tomatoes we kept to eat.

And here are the bowls of tomatoes we gave away to friends and neighbors.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Joanne Sisco - May 15, 2018

Yum! It will be a few more months before we start to see local tomatoes … and it is always a highly anticipated event in this household!

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

It’s more fun for me than Christmas ~> everyone on our gift list gets the same thing! One stop shopping.

And NO ONE wants a receipt to return tomatoes. 😀

Joanne Sisco - May 15, 2018

So clever!!

2. Jill Weatherholt - May 15, 2018

That’s a lot of maters! Wish I lived nearby. 🍅🍅

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

I wish you did too! We could have grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches for lunch and bruschetta with fresh tomatoes for Happy Hour.

Jill Weatherholt - May 15, 2018

With extra cheese of course! 🧀

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

Mais oui!

3. mybeautfulthings - May 15, 2018

It’ll be months before we get ripe tomatoes. Yours look wonderful. Do you dry any or make them into sauces to freeze for later. I’m envious of such an amazing haul! 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

I don’t freeze tomatoes or can them by themselves, but I do use some for cooking tomato-friendly “casseroles” ~ e.g., Chickpea Vindaloo and Lecsó. We eat some of each dish and freeze the rest for ready-made meals . . . freezer space permitting.

Here’s one recipe:


4. Kate Crimmins - May 15, 2018

That’s a lot of tomatoes! Hmmm…I’m tasting them now. Locally ours are imported so they taste like cardboard but it’s amazing how you can perk up the flavor by roasting them.

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

Sadly, not all tomatoes reach a state of culinary perfection.

Tomatoes harvested before they are ready to fall off the vines into our waiting mouths taste more like chemically ripened cardboard than actual tomatoes.

Roasting (or drying) them is a good idea, Kate.

When I have uninspired insipid tomatoes to use, I dice them and season with olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.

Kate Crimmins - May 15, 2018

and balsamic vinegar.

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

I’ll have to try that, Kate. I do have some balsamic vinegar on hand. Thanks!

5. Tippy Gnu - May 15, 2018

That’s a lot of BLT sandwiches you’re going to have to eat. Your friends are very lucky, those tomatoes look good.

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

Our neighbors have been thrilled with them. I bet they agree with Lewis and Laurie ~>

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~ Lewis Grizzard

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin

6. Val Boyko - May 15, 2018

Wow! What a bounty. I expect we will get some Florida goodness in our stores soon 💛

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

We planted a garden (mainly to grow tomatoes) when we lived in NJ, NC, and MD. Here I haven’t had much success because our villa doesn’t have a southern exposure & our available “planting area” doesn’t get enough sun to make tomato plants “happy.”

Finding Hunsader Farms and starting our annual Tomato Picking tradition has made all the difference!

7. Ally Bean - May 15, 2018

What fun! So many tomatoes. And now the question is: what to do with them next? Our harvest won’t be until July, and it’ll be a much smaller one.

nrhatch - May 15, 2018

Our supply is dwindling fast ~ of the 150 tomatoes we picked, I think we have only about 30 left.

Hunsader Farm closes for the summer in 3 weeks. If we finish the remaining tomatoes before they close, I may head back for MORE. :mrgreen:

8. Debra - May 15, 2018

These are precious gems! Wow! This is the only time of year I really eat tomatoes. Unless they’re actually farm fresh to me they’re tasteless, I have my few plants and they’re not yet producing so I am having tomato envy, Nancy! 🙂

nrhatch - May 16, 2018

Same here, Debra. I tend to ignore tomatoes for most of the year (except for canned tomatoes and spaghetti sauce) . . . and then DIVE IN with gusto when local tomatoes are in season. 😀

9. L. Marie - May 16, 2018

Wow! They look delicious!
My brother is growing tomatoes. He’s had mixed results over the years!

nrhatch - May 16, 2018

Wherever we lived, before here, we staked out a small plot of earth for growing tomatoes, peppers, and basil. Sometimes the garden space was big enough for lettuce, zucchini, and other veggies . . . but we always made room for a tomato plant or two.

Here, I’ve had no luck with tomatoes. The plants don’t get enough sun (due to the lack of a southern exposure) to bear fruit. And without the fruit, planting tomato plants has no purpose! 😀

Hope your brother has a stellar harvest this year.

10. Behind the Story - May 19, 2018

Such beautiful tomatoes. I usually buy my tomatoes one or two at a time, so your bowls full of tomatoes are amazing to me … maybe even overwhelming.

nrhatch - May 19, 2018

The aftermath of our tomato picking excursion reminds me of dad bringing tomatoes in from his garden at such a rapid rate that they claimed all available counter space until mom “processed” them by making juice, sauce, chutney, and ketchup.

Our supply has dwindled dramatically ~ we have about 20 tomatoes left to enjoy.

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