Friday, May 18, 2012

Tomatoes



Today's picture was taken in about 1910. It shows a woman in Fairbanks, Alaska with Tomatoes from her garden. 

There were some interesting comments yesterday on vegetables today, and how they do not taste so great. Today, vegetables are bred to be robust in shipping and have a long shelf life, not for flavor or healthiness. It is amazing the difference between home grown vegetables and store bought. I grow my lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers in a greenhouse year round. It is funny when I sit and eat lunch with people . . . my salad is BRIGHTLY colored, and everyone else's is pretty much bland white. The difference in both color and flavor is striking.

I wish we would get back to where our food was locally produced by producers in the area who hired people in the area and paid them a fair wage. Unfortunately, those days are long gone.

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  1. My wife insists that home grown tomatoes are so much better tasting, and I agree with her.
    By the way, if you have problems with black bottoms on your tomatoes, one of the big things it is the lack of calcium in the soil. Instead of adding store bought calcium, I save up my egg shells and crunch them up and add them to the soil in the spring. You can also throw them (the crunched up egg shells) into some water and let that set for a few days and then water your tomatoes with it. The longer they set in the water the better. I use 2 to 3 water containers so they get a good chance to soak out the calcium.

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    1. Dadd,
      That's good info to know. I've had those black bottom tomatoes in the past and didn't know what that was. I figured a bug got to them. I'll try the egg shell suggestion, Thanks.

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  2. As full as her garden space is, I wonder if she is growing stuff on her roof also (LOL.

    With all those flowers around, I'll bet her place smells great.

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  3. They look like real beauties in the photo.

    (You say tomayto, I say tomarto! lol!)

    I've not had a decent tasting tomato from the shops for years now, even their so called "vine ripened tomatoes" are rubbish. There must have been some genetic breeding of commercial tomatoes so that they have all developed these super-tough, chewy skins, and also an inedible piece of woody substance at the top of the tomato where the stalk goes in. I get a few each year from a friend who has a greenhouse and they are wonderful. The scent alone is enough to give me raptures.

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  4. The lady in that picture has NO wasted yard space ! lol

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  5. Those days ARE NOT gone. They are re-emerging. So many of us have converted part of our property to edible gardens. I encourage everyone to give it a shot. Start small and don't be discouraged.

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  6. Those days are coming back for some of us. We have a small vegetable garden in our own yard and we participate in a CSA (community sustained agriculture)that provides us with the bulk of our vegetables and will soon also provide us with fruit, nuts, and some grains. Whenever possible we buy our other fruits and vegetables from local farms. When we bought our house we planted fruit trees (5) and berries and each year we increase our garden space. My parents and in-laws have other fruit trees, berries, and grapes and my in-laws raise sheep and pigs for family consumption. We even buy our milk from a local farm. We can, freeze, and dry the surpluses. The tomato sauce we make from REAL tomatoes is among the most incredible I've ever had. You can taste the sunshine and tomato goodness.

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  7. So true about tomatos. I want my 'last supper' to be chicken that tastes like chicken.

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  8. She and her tomatoes are looking mighty fine. Love the lace edge on her dress and note her tres chic curtains on her porch. What was old is new again! :)

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    1. On second thought, maybe they're industrial strength mosquito nets! :)

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  9. Eu gosto muito d lidar com a terra,sempre cultivei aqui no meu quintal,planto sempre o tomate cereja ele mais resistente as pragas.Passei um período sem plantar quase nada pois surgiram caramujos africanos que devoram tudo,isso graças a pessoas sem escrúpulos que depois de uma mal sucedida criação de caramujos africanos soltaram os bichos na natureza.

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  10. Hi !
    But where are the photos of the garden greenhouse tomatoes?

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  11. "I wish we would get back to where our food was locally produced by producers in the area who hired people in the area and paid them a fair wage"

    I disagree with the fair wage bit. I have not seen one picture here where the worker drones look like they are well off. Mostly it looks like they lived in utter squalor. And having picked strawberries myself once (for fun/self consumption) I would not want to do any real backbreaking farm work. Having a little veggy garden is something I would have, but work on a farm? No way.

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