Taste testing over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes

Forty-one bottles of tomatoes on the wall and if one should happen to fall….. who cares. I’m exhausted.    I’m done.  I had one last long push and I finally  delivered a home to all of my tomatoes. 

Roasting tomatoes, onion, garlic and carrots in the oven

Using the mini blender to chop up the roasted vegetables

Roasted vegetable pasta sauce ready to go into mason jars

44 mason jars of tomatoes

Yay!  I’m done, done, done.   My first vegetable garden ever was a huge success this year.  How is that possible you ask?   It was a new garden so I didn’t inherit a lot of old weeds.  I added lots of 2011 kitchen compost waste,  I mixed in six inches of mushroom compost and I watered it with a soaker hose during the driest months of June/July.  I also laid down mulch.   Who knows for sure why I was so lucky but we had tomatoes coming out of our ears.  Hundred and hundreds of them.  It was a very rewarding experience for me.

My thoughts are now turning to the future.  My 2013 garden.  I am thinking of all the things I did wrong this year and planning on improving things next year.  Next year I won’t plant as many tomato plants. I had 24 this year.  I won’t plant any yellow pear tomatoes and ground cherry tomatoes. (yuck!)  My plants were too close together this year and they over powered my carrots and beets. Next year I won’t  mixed in flowers with my vegetables.  

In preparation for next year’s perfect vegetable garden I have already started to collect seeds. When I have a tomato or hot pepper which is nice looking and good tasting I slide a few of its seeds directly onto 3″ x 4″ cut up slips of wax paper.  I don’t worry about the juice because it dries up in just a day.  Once the seeds are dried, I slip them into labeled paper envelopes, to be stored over the winter.   I have already started to collect my favourite flower seeds too  (ie zinnias, hollyhocks) 

Collecting seeds onto wax paper and storing in paper envelopes

Next year’s seeds

In preparation for next year’s perfect garden I went to a tomato test taste today. No kidding.  It was too cool!   Over at Vicki’s Veggies on Morrison Point Road they offered this wonderful opportunity to taste test over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and then purchase a quart or pint of the tomatoes I liked.  They had all the different tomatoes laid out on a long table.  Armed with toothpicks, I just went through the line sampling and taking notes.   http://www.vickisveggies.com/Home.html  

Taste testing heirloom tomatoes at Vicki’s Veggies

I picked up five varieties: Tegucigalpa, San Marzano, Bonnie Best, Rose de Berne, and Ludmilla’s red Plum.  Some of best for canning and sauces and some are best for eating in salads etc. 

Vicki’s Veggies is still offering the tomato taste test tomorrow. (Sunday Sept 2nd)  They only charge $2.00 for the experience.   I highly recommend attending if you are in the area.   It was both fun and educational.


About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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7 Responses to Taste testing over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes

  1. Any kind of taste testing in The County has always been a great experience. Tomato taste testing sounds great!

    Did you can the roasted sauce or put the jars right in the freezer? I haven’t been canning anything, yet and would like to give it a try next year. Do you have to add acid to it or do you use a pressure canner?

  2. Hi Heidi: I’m not sure that you should be following my advice on canning. This was my first experience… but…. after cooking, I poured this sauce into sterilized jars and then re-boiled them. I did not add any extra acid at the end because there was so much acid already in the recipe. In the end the lids were firm to touch so I hope everything will last.

  3. Tomato taste testing? That sounds like heaven to me. Unfortunately my garden this year was a disaster (thank you Japanese Beetles). We grow everything organically and take a Darwinian approach. Apparently drought and infestation will impact things a bit! We did have some lovely raspberries and concord grapes, though. Enjoyed your pictures and envy your garden success!

  4. Rev. Marilyn says:

    You quite amaze me. From the corporate world to the agricultural. such an easy transition for you. I love that you are embracing your new life with so much gusto. 44 jars!!!!! I’m so impressed. good for you.

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