Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's Tomato Time in Tennessee!

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes

-- Guy Clark

If you live to be 100, you will never hear-tell of an individual who's more hot-natured than yours truly. Because I'm so hot-natured, I am absolutely miserable during the months of July and August. About the only thing that brings me great pleasure each long, hot summer is homegrown tomatoes.

Back in the spring, I planted six tomato plants. I watered 'em, fertilized 'em, staked 'em, and then prayed that they wouldn't get blossom rot (which happened to half of my tomatoes last summer). Beginning last week, I started getting me some red tomatoes on my plants. I've had a few that were afflicted with blossom rot, but by and large my tomatoes are coming in quite nicely.

On Friday, I picked me a tomato that was just about fully ripe. I looked at it today and I said to myself, "That mater's ready to be eaten!" So I sliced my fine-lookin' mater; I put a couple of slices on some wheat bread; and I added several squirts of Duke's mayonnaise. Mmmm, mmmm good! Here's a pic:


(I snapped that picture after only one squirt of The Best Mayo In The USA. I wanted folks to see how good my tomato looked before it was fully covered with Duke's.)

3 comments:

Brian Stanley said...

Wasn't it John Denver that sang that song?

Mister Jimmy said...

The best tomatoes that ever sprouted on a vine come from gardens in Tennessee. Along with the best strawberries in the world; when I was in the upscale food and beverage biz the executive chef would be up at the crack of dawn during strawberry season, hitting all the fruit-and-veg truck stands by the side of the road. He'd buy everything he could get.
Anyone who has ever had a fresh, vine-ripened home-grown TN tomato will never be happy with anything from California, Florida nor Mexico.
And your recipe for a tomato sandwich is perfect.

Joltin' Django said...

"Wasn't it John Denver that sang that song?"

John Denver may've sung and/or recorded the song, but Guy Clark wrote it.