We've been enjoying our large sized cherry tomatoes. They are Sweet Chelsea Cherry and I've been picking almost a pound of them each day lately. They've gone into fresh sauce, tomato & cucumber salad, fresh salsa, and been eaten out of hand. Their flavor is fine, not the most exciting but they've been all we had. They may be a little more neglected now that bigger tomatoes are on the way.
On Monday we picked the first paste tomato. A paste tomato isn't very exciting as the first large red tomato, but we used it to make a sauce with the tons of golf ball sized cherry tomatoes we've been getting. Today I picked the first two purple calabash tomatoes. They are quite beautiful and there are more on the way. We've been getting a few green zebras for a week or two, but there is something more exciting about red (or purple) tomatoes.
More purple calabash are on the way. (seed shared by Miss M).
Here are some others that will be ripening soon. Amish Paste Tomatoes have grown so tall and gotten so heavy they broke the support. First individual plants broke the twine that supported them up to the wood cross bar. I strung more twine to try to tie them back up. Then the cross bar came out of the post. We had to jerry rig it back up to support them. We lost a few green tomatoes in the process, but hopefully it will hold for the next month.
Red zebras have just a hint of color.
And then I have many unknown heirlooms. Some are just beginning to turn. I'm also seeing a bit of color of the first of my Market Miracles. I was a bit surprised that they didn't ripen sooner, as some catalogs say they are relatively fast for their size, though I got my seed from Daphne. This photo below is an unknown heirloom.
So I think that tomatoes season has finally arrived. We have about a month to enjoy the bounty before we have to worry about frosts. Bring it on!