I had my first bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich yesterday and there is no finer meal. The season is late this year, about a full month late, but I have had my eye on a particular tomato for this past week.
Most produce from my garden is picked in the early morning hours, before the heat from the sun and while still crisp from the cool of the night. Not the perfect tomato. A midday picking after the fruit has been warmed through, kissed and loved by the sun is best.
My plants are vibrant now, tall and green and proudly displaying their gifts to me. The tomatoes are getting big, some turning a bit of color, offering a hint of a bountiful crop. You can't buy these tomatoes. There is no relationship between store bought and what can be grown in the home garden. I have 27 plants, nine varieties, mostly heirloom, some black, some purple, stripped, yellow and red. Each has its own distinct flavor, subtle or dramatic and you can smell them from 20 feet away.
I have told you I like to dry them and if the season continues to be good ALL of you can expect a gift of dried tomatoes from me this year! That's is the advantage of not having too many "followers"!
What I can't send you is a fresh tomato sandwich. Just a simple one with a slice of cheese and a huge slice of tomato or the "complete meal", the BLT! or maybe a hamburger where the tomato slice is bigger than the hamburger itself? I wish I could describe this better! It is a burst of flavor like you wouldn't believe.
I was so intent on making and eating this sandwich that I forgot the camera! I forgot to take a picture of it. But this is just the beginning! There will be many more and other things to make. I will keep you posted and if you should ever be near, please stop and visit and you can taste these for yourself.