Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Frost brings an end to Tomato Season in the Midwest

Those of you who live in a warmer climate may be surprised to know we in the Midwestern United States are now at or near the end of the season for growing tomatoes and other frost-sensitive crops.  At this time, many people with large gardens and small farms may feel both sadness and relief now that the plants that brought us such a wonderful bounty are now withering into the ground.  Sadness to see the plants die, but relief that harvesting, marketing, canning and drying are not such an overwhelming daily effort. 

Having grown so many wonderful heirlooms this year, I have happily noticed a greater appreciation of heirlooms by a growing number of people. 

Perhaps in the coming years it will finally become more common to find a good tomato year round.  At T-Farm, we will continue our efforts to grow, can, dry, cook and share recipes to promote the finest tomatoes with the boldest flavor.

If you are a gardener or farmer, I hope 2011 was also a good year for you to enjoy the amazing and rewarding results of growing heirloom tomatoes.

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