Attack of the Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato gardening goes something like this:

Is this thing growing?
Nothing (repeat for several months)
Tomato. Tomato.
Tomato tomato tomato!

Notice how the repetition eventually makes the word’s meaning slippery? You have to step back from the fray, breathe, and remind yourself what it means.

These critters can come in a flood that makes zucchini look lazy, and for the past month and a half “can more tomatoes” has been constantly floating around on my todo list. I just saw the photos below and remembered to be grateful for all the stews and sauces that will start with a jar of our own tomatoes this winter.

Here are some “Willamettes”:

…and here are the striking “Purple Calabash”:
Purple Calabash tomatoes

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