100 Words On: Why It’s So Hard to Beat a Homegrown Tomato

There’s a reason why tomatoes are found in 85% of all gardens, topping the list of most popular homegrown produce: Biting into the fresh and juicy sweetness of a vine-ripened homegrown tomato is pure nirvana for the senses — a savory treat unmatched by anything else. With that in mind, it’s incredible that so many people continue to buy their tomatoes from a supermarket. After all, they’re not only ridiculously expensive, but also rather tasteless when compared to their homegrown cousins.

The bottom line: John Denver was right. There really are only two things money can’t buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes.

Photo Credit: Ajith_chatie


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    Don’t beat the tomatoes! :) Although summer is ending, fresh tomatoes are great for salads, on sandwiches and hamburgers. Many of the things that we eat more of during the summer. You are right, there is a huge difference having a tomato right off the vine.

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    Joel says

    love the song, and it’s written by my favorite songwriter, Guy Clark. He looks like and owl and sings like one too.

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    I’m growing two different kinds of tomatoes right now. One is an orange cherry tomato which never makes it into the house since we eat them like candy and the other is an heirloom tomato that is half purple and half green when ripe. Not lying but I think my neighbor keeps stealing those off the vine. I’ve gotten 3 tomatoes that make it into my house so far and I swear that there were a ton more, but as soon as they get close to ripeness they disappear off the vine. I did catch her looking over my fence 2 weeks ago, but I can’t say it’s her for sure.

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      Len Penzo says

      Time to set up a surveillance camera, Sandy! I eat cherry tomatoes like they’re candy, by the way. Delicious!

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    I love fresh tomatoes from the garden, but Len, there is something that beats it….and that’s my watermelon!

    Of course, my garden only produces one watermelon per year and about 200 tomatoes. But all that means is that its a precious commodity!

    Watching that watermelon grow is likely watching your child develop into an adult….and the day I finally get to eat it is like college graduation….that is if you were the kinda person that would eat their child at college graduation.

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      Len Penzo says

      I can imagine! I bet it tastes absolutely delicious too, Geoff. How do you keep the critters from getting to it?


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