In addition to what's become our daily handful of snap peas, R picked our first home-grown tomato of the summer today!! After all the rain, and now the troubles with blight that have hit New England, we weren't sure we were going to see much of a tomato harvest from our garden this year. But we had one tomato that was ready to come into the kitchen this morning. Hooray! We also have another turning orange on the same plant. The rest of the tomatoes on our 8 plants outside are all green, but I have high hopes that I'll see them redden before long!
Luckily there are lots of great farms in the area that have awesome tomatoes available while we await more of ours. This is the bowl full of tomatoes we got at the Newmarket farmers' market this past weekend. And Warren Farm's website says they're starting to have tomatoes available at their farm stand. They also have a pick-your-own patch that's awesome - hopefully it will be open soon.
In addition to what comes from our garden, we're planning on picking lots of tomatoes so we can make and freeze enough sauce to last through the winter again. Last summer I bought a chest freezer for $50 at a yard sale, and in the fall we filled it with sauce, chicken stock, and other containers of homemade fabulousness (grin), so we could keep eating local through the snowy months. Each year toward the end of tomato season, we also freeze a bunch of good sized whole tomatoes. If you put tomatoes in the freezer on a plate or tray (separated so they won't stick together), once they're frozen solid you can pop them into bags and then pull them out to use as needed for cooking over the winter. To me, they taste much better than canned store-bought whole tomatoes, and since I haven't ventured into home canning yet, the freezer is my friend when it comes to preserving the harvest!!