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Some of my first Jersey Tomatoes from the garden

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Such bad weather, lots of rain and cold nights I have been waiting and waiting for my tomatoes to finally begin to ripen.
I ended up originally planting 81 plants, about 15 strains but lost a few to bad weather conditions. Heavy rains and winds snapped a few but I still have plenty growing.
Finally I have been able to get at least some of the jersey tomato flavor.

The first pick are both only half ripe but have been having issues with them going bad on the vine. Especially many black heirlooms you only have about 2 days to get them off the vine before they start to go bad, and the bottoms ripen much quicker than the tops.

On the left is a Black from Tula, supposed to have a slightly smoky flavor, next to that is a Ramapo, a "true" Jersey flavor brought back by Rutgers University after being lost for 20 years. The ones on the bottom were Roma tomatoes that grew out of the compost bin.
Except for the Romas they were both underripe but I just couldn't stand to have any more go bad and needed to taste some Jersey mater flavor.

Next up is a Bulls Heart.

A little salt and pepper and they are good to go.
The Bulls Heart had a better flavor only because it actually ripened fully but they were all great.
Cherokee Purple and a few other strains are ripening now so hopefully before long I'll have several varieties to post and to try.
Since we finally will be having 6-7 days without rain I can actually give them a good dose of organic nutrients, they desperately need calcium and magnesium.
I look forward to this time of year everyday after the tomato season ends so I hope you enjoyed checking out my mater pics.
Been a super pain in my donkey this year but finally becomming worth it.
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Looks real good Jim.I canned 7 quarts today with my mom 28 out of our average 72 quarts-sis and bro" can "another 150 out of the patch.I have not had the wet of folks like yourself only 100 miles north, but you definetly show the persePDT_Armataz_01_34.gifvarance to get the job done.I have been growing in this area for 20 plus years and rare to see weather extremes around country like this.OH CRAP-here comes hurricane season...Just excellent my friend.You do some old school work in your smoking, gardening and its a pleasure to read these posts of yours etc...Pleasure to tune in so to speak....
post #3 of 7
They look great... Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen...
post #4 of 7
Good looking tomatoes! I don't even try to raise them here anymore. I have too much clay and alkali for a garden, so I end up at a veggie farm on the east side of town buying my tomatoes.
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Beautiful looking fruits, FiU! Sorry to hear about your bad weather. The ones you picked sure looked good though.

I feel your pain in losing so many, the dang squirrels around here have not let me get a single cherokee purple yet, and we've been eating fresh tomatoes for a month now.

Do you save any seeds? That tula looks real good and I was wondering if you'd share some seeds. Never heard of it before.
post #6 of 7
I hear ya about the rain,we've had a horrible summer in the tri state area.The maters look great!
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Those are some great looking and I wish I was there tasting tomatoes.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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