Late summer candy
September is definitely the season of tomato abundance. We may not be the valley’s best gardeners — we can’t even grow zucchini. But when it comes tomatoes? That’s another matter.
Although limited in space due to the necessary amount of full sun needed to grow these delicious stars of summer, we managed to plant a couple cherry tomato plants (golden and red), plus nine other tomato plants. There is something therapeutic about planting and watching them grow everyday as we impatiently watch for the first to appear.
Due to overplanting other tomatoes and Fred’s overzealous marigolds, we’re a bit short on the cherry variety since they are the sweetest we’ve ever grown, as evidenced by the explosion of sweetness and expressions on those who “borrow” a couple from time to time. The other tomatoes are delicious as well. Thanks to our tomato competitor and neighbor, Gordon, our supply has been supplemented by his generosity of sharing his bounty from more than 31 various plants.
The minute I roasted our first batch of tomatoes Fred declared it was roasted tomato pasta time. It’s a family favorite: pasta tossed with our roasted tomatoes and a little shredded cheese, roasted eggplant, peppers and onion. Looking in the refrigerator at some leftovers, I became inspired to make a roasted tomato frittata, the next day I created my new-age roasted tomato taco. Results? They’re on the Burmeister Tomato Favorites list.
By the way, for those asking, I picked 28 tomatoes Sunday night to go with the 14 on my countertop. And that doesn’t count the small basket of cherry tomatoes we picked.