Cultivate Simple Podcast in iTunes Chiot's Run on Facebook Chiot's Run on Twitter Chiot's Run on Pinterest Chiot's Run on Flickr RSS Feed StumbleUpon

The Last Ripe Tomatoes of the Season

October 11th, 2009

This past week I went out and picked the last ripe tomatoes of the season. With lows in the mid 30’s tonight I think it’s the end of tomato season. I still have some green ones to get out and pick later today, but I don’t think I’ll find any more red ones on the vines.
These tomatoes aren’t as tasty as the ones that ripen in the warm August weather, but they’re still better than the supermarket variety! I’m very sad to see tomato season over, it seems like it flies by so fast.

Have your tomatoes come and gone, or do you still have some in the garden?

18 Comments to “The Last Ripe Tomatoes of the Season”
  1. Prue on October 11, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Those tomatoes look so yummy, even if they are the end of season ones. We are just coming into Spring here in Melbourne so tomatoes are in the near future! Hopefully they turn out as well as yours.
    .-= Prue´s last blog ..Snow Peas, Lemon Trees and Busy Bees =-.

    Reply to Prue's comment

  2. kristin @ going country on October 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Long gone. A definite contrast from last yer, when I ate my last fresh tomato around Christmas.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..The Checklist =-.

    Reply to kristin @ going country's comment

  3. kristin @ going country on October 11, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Year, I mean. I was typing with one hand, coffee in the other.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..The Checklist =-.

    Reply to kristin @ going country's comment

    • Susy on October 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

      In some parts of the country “yer” is year :)

      Reply to Susy's comment

  4. annie avery on October 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

    i started my plum tomato plants early, like a dutiful gardener and patiently waited for the garden to accept them.. soil temps never really went above 65 or so almost all year. i finally put them in around july.. to this day, the plants are still four inches tall.. they did not grow at all.. :(

    Reply to annie avery's comment

    • Susy on October 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

      I had some broccoli that did the same thing, I think the spell of 90’s we had in April may have done them in. It’s always sad when a plant doesn’t live up to it’s expectations.

      Reply to Susy's comment

  5. s on October 11, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Gone here. We got blight, thankfully VERY late in the season, then a hailstorm, and then a hard freeze! The only sad thing was that the blight affected my green tomatoes…

    Very different from last year, for sure, but that’s how it rolls.

    Reply to s's comment

    • Susy on October 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

      I need to get out and pick my greenies, I noticed when I got up this morning it was 36 – BRRRR. No frost, but that’s cold!

      Reply to Susy's comment

  6. Annette on October 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Sadly our tomatoes have been gone for awhile now. Too much rain brought in the rot. =( Most never made it off the vine before they were nasty. =(
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..New toys! =-.

    Reply to Annette's comment

  7. Bertie on October 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Well, I picked all the red & orange ones yesterday. I thought about pulling up the plants, but I keep holding out hope for the green tomatoes to get red. You’re probably right, though, that tomatoes are all over for the year around here. I may as well pick the rest of the green ones and clean things up. I really do like putting the garden to bed for the winter. It’s sad to see the growing season come to an end, but there is a certain satisfaction that comes with having the garden all neat and tidy and ready for a long winter.

    Reply to Bertie's comment

  8. Chicago Mike on October 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

    We had a killer frost the other night followed by a freeze last night. I have three small Cherokee Purples and some green tomatoes, but thats it until next year.

    I miss the tomatoes more than anything else.
    .-= Chicago Mike´s last blog ..Along Came A Killer Frost =-.

    Reply to Chicago Mike's comment

  9. Sue Dawson on October 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    We had to pick all what we had left, green ones and all, because we had our killing freeze. I meant to get out and pick the grape ones, but didn’t, so I’m sad they didn’t get picked. We’ll have lots of volunteers next year.
    .-= Sue Dawson´s last blog ..Not Ready =-.

    Reply to Sue Dawson's comment

  10. Pampered Mom on October 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    We had to pull all ours out a few weeks ago after late blight took over. I was still sad to do it because I thought we had gotten close to dodging the bullet. Regardless, even if we had any plants left they never would have survived the last couple of nights. We had covered our tomatillo plants and green bean plants, but in spite of that the hard frost got to them (Hubby’s car windows when he went to go home on Friday night/Saturday morning from work were frosted on the inside and outside). I suppose the cold winds and flurries we had yesterday didn’t help any either (and they were still covered).
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..I’m dreaming of a new computer… =-.

    Reply to Pampered Mom's comment

  11. DiElla on October 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I have a bunch of green tomatoes and its getting colder and colder. Any suggestions on what to do with all those tomatoes that will never ripen?

    Reply to DiElla's comment

  12. Teri on October 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I picked the last of mine yesterday. I still have a ton of green ones, but I am sure sad to see the last of the ripe ones. It was in the 20’s last night, so I guess they are done.
    .-= Teri´s last blog ..284/365 =-.

    Reply to Teri's comment

  13. Daharja on October 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Our tomato seedlings are just babies, barely a finger height high.

    Being right at the start of Spring here in New Zealand, it’s odd to read about you finishing things off when we’re just bringing the first seedlings outside now the frosts have ended.

    If the weather holds, I’ll be planting the tomatoes, lettuces, pumpkins, cucumbers and a host of herbs this weekend.
    .-= Daharja´s last blog ..How to turn your kids into farmers and gardeners =-.

    Reply to Daharja's comment

  14. Andrea on December 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Hi, I´m Andrea, I live in Argentina. I´ve seen your work, it´s awesome, I like it so much. I like your fotographs very much too, I think they´re very harmonius.
    I´m starting my first web site, it´ll be dedicated to show pieces of art, echology, gardening, and other themes. I´ve been wondering if you´d agree to show there some of your fotographs. I´d like to have your permission to include them in my web page.
    I look forward your answer. Keep on working, you´re great on it!
    Thank so much,

    Reply to Andrea's comment

  15. On the Cover | Chiot's Run on May 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

    […] special because it has my photo of a Dr Wyche’s heirloom tomatoes on the front cover! This image first appeared on my blog back in 2009, it’s my last tomato harvest of the season. They contacted me about using one of my images a few […]

    Reply to On the Cover | Chiot’s Run's comment

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply

Reading & Watching

Shop through these links and I get a few cents each time. It's not much, but it allows me to buy a new cookbook or new gardening book every couple months. I appreciate your support!


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

Read previous post:
Vote for Me

I just noticed on the Fennel & Fern blog that one of my pictures is in the running in their...