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A Bounty of Heirloom Tomatoes

The heirloom tomato season is almost upon us, and soon the hoop houses will be painted with an array of vibrant reds, purples, oranges, and yellows.  Below is a picture of a Purple Cherokee tomato developing out of its flower right on schedule. The flowers in the background are beginning to bulge, a sign that they will produce fruit as well.

This variety of tomato is indeterminate, meaning it continues to get taller and that its fruit will ripen at varying times during a long period of production.  (A determinate plant is more bush-like, and will produce its fruit all at once during a short period of production).  In a couple of weeks, these bulging flowers will turn into tomatoes like this one.

I feel quite fortunate that I’ve already gotten to sample the first of these delectable treats to ripen.  Soon these plants will create a bounty of tomatoes, and I’m eager to taste the fruits of their labor.

Ben in th Heirloom tomato hoop house

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