Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homegrown Tomatoes

Southern Humorist Lewis Grizzard said it best when he said:

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts
while eating a homegrown tomato."

One of the simplest pleasures in life is picking a plump red tomato off a vine, warmed by the July sun, wiping the dust off on your sleeve, and eating it right there in the garden! It just doesn't get much better than that, unless you happen to have some salt and pepper handy.

The tomatoes in these pictures were given to us by a friend who has had a "bumper crop" of tomatoes this summer. They are as good as they look, and we appreciate his sharing them with us.

Our granddaughter Avery Grace seems to agree with Mr. Grizzard, judging by these pictures of her from a couple of summers ago ...

I hope you're enjoying homegrown tomatoes where you live.


Stacey said...

Mine are vine ripe tomatoes from the grocery store but they are wonderful too. :) A tomato sandwich is pure Heaven to me!

Avery is growing up. :)

racheld said...

Oh, the CRAVING you've committed!! We've had ONE this Summer---don't you always watch that first little pea, and then it's golfball size, and as it swells, you keep an eye out for the first hint of pink, all the way up the bursting red heaviness of the picking.

Chris had it on a 'mater sandwich, on the first-two-slices-from-a-fresh-loaf of Wonder, with Blue Plate and salt. We always have thin onion sandwiches when he does ribs or chicken on the grill, so next to the plate of onion ones, made the same way, was a neat little damp-paper-towel-covered saucer with a dripping 'mater one.

And BUMPER crop---I'd never thought of the origin of that word, and Google led me to bumpers in silos---if you filled it that full, you had a bumper crop.

Of course, I've been absorbed in bright diagrams of the entire silo assembly for thirty minutes, with all the flanges and rotors, and quite frankly, I've had quite enough of whiz nuts for one day.

But it was nice to learn a new thing.

Loui♥ said...

unfortunately NOT!
but oh how I can remember those times..
nothing better than a fresh off the bush tomato made into a sandwich..
or even more refreshing..
Gazpacho.. made from fresh garden tomatoes and cukes,..chilled and enjoyed for lunch..
gosh how I miss that..
but in my dreams,
aaaah pure gastronomical ,delectable culinary BLISS!!!!
enjoy for me!!
warmest hugs..

Anonymous said...

Just this week we had our first "real" tomato of the summer. Pure heaven. I remember grabbing the salt shaker from the back of the stove and going out into the garden, finding that little bit of heaven. A sweet memory of summertime with my grandparents.

Deb said...

nothing better than a vine ripened tomato and a salt shaker....great photos