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Homegrown Tomatoes – Guy Clark

August 31st, 2014

Ain’t nothin’ in the world that I like better
Than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes
Up in the mornin’ out in the garden

Get you a ripe one don’t get a hard one
Plant `em in the spring eat `em in the summer
All winter with out `em’s a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin’ & diggin’
Every time I go out & pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love & homegrown tomatoes

Guy Clark

Yesterday I harvested my first ‘Brandywine’ tomato, it was large, perfectly pinky red, soft to the touch and OH-SO-DELICIOUS!!!
BLT with heirloom tomatoes 1
We enjoyed it for breakfast yesterday paired with our own home raised and home cured bacon. There was lettuce from the farmers market and sourdough bread from a local shop. We put an egg ours making them more BELTs than BLTs.
BLT with heirloom tomatoes 2
This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes in the summer, perhaps only topped by eating them with a little salt. The window for ‘Brandywine’ tomatoes is so small I’ll be eating them for every meal until frost.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy the first juicy beefsteak tomato of the season?

6 Comments to “Homegrown Tomatoes – Guy Clark”
  1. Marina on August 31, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Your tomatoes are beautiful! And ripe so much earlier than mine would have been!
    No tomatoes here in Walpole NH.
    After many years of fighting the early blight, we were wiped out by the late blight, that nasty black canker like invasion of the best and plumpest tomatoes on the wine,
    I ripped out plants bearing masses of glorious rainbows, my favorite, like a brandy wine golden yellow with red shoulders, still green. The plants had the best roots, one even pulled out with a 3′ tap root, down deeper than my 2′ raised bed!
    All tomatoes had to go, even the orange and and purple cherries.
    Thankfully, local growers under hoop houses did not suffer the same fate, so we can get the lovelies at the farmer’s market.
    I am quite sure that you will be spared that curse, since you grow your own seedlings and live in 163 acres.
    Right now, my favorite way is just as they come, with a little olive oil, pepper, and, if I have it, some fresh corn off the cob! Yum!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on August 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Susy, Oh, man, I can almost smell the deliciousness coming off that BELT. Mc Donald’s eat your heart out. Never will you come close to a sandwich like this. In my humble opinion, it just isn’t summer yet until the first BLT hits the plate. Mine was about three weeks ago but the supply dwindled fast. The tomatoes were good but only about 12 from four plants. Hopefully, my stored supply in the food storage room will last half way through the winter. My entire area has had trouble raising tomatoes this year. I’m hoping for a better year next year.

    Have a great BELT day.

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  3. Adelina Anderson on August 31, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Love tomatoes with watermelon. Perfect in the morning.

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  4. Myra S. on August 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I look forward to a lovely tomato sliced up on a piece of homemade toast with an over easy egg on top and lots of salt and pepper. The more deformed looking tomato the better…they seem to taste better to me. P.S. Now I have that tune going on in my head…… :)

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  5. Lindsey @HalfDimeHomestead on August 31, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, yeah! I’ve been harvesting Patio Princess for about 2 weeks and am enjoying them on sandwiches, with salt or a smear of mayo and mustard. It’s the best time of year, in my opinion!
    I’ve got a big ole pot of tomatoes and garlic simmering down on the stove right now for freezer sauce. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

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  6. Jennifer Fisk on September 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I love tomato sandwiches of toasted 12 grain bread, thick slices of tomato and mayo. They go down way too easily and I can never eat just one.
    This year I’m having trouble with the heirloom tomatoes, blight perhaps, so next year they’ll be somewhere else. I don’t even bother with hybrids which might be blight resistant.

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