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A Bounty of Heirloom Tomatoes

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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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