Dear Crissy

My bliss: Summer tomatoes

Fresh Tomatoes

Being able to pluck a few ripe summer tomatoes from the garden is bittersweet.

Garden tomatoes are truly one of the best parts of summer, but the arrival of these red jewels also signals that summer has peaked, and that we’re marching toward fall once again.

I might actually get a little depressed thinking about how fast this summer has slipped by — so — back to the tomatoes. Oh… the tomatoes!

Tomato Picking

My grandpa passed away a couple years ago, but before he became ill, he kept an enormous garden every summer. He always had a surplus of tomatoes, and would give me plastic sacks filled with them, saying that if I didn’t take them they were going to go bad.

I’m not one to let a summer tomato go to waste, and the sight of a pile of summer tomatoes always makes me think of him now.

This year, my mom and dad have a little tomato patch in their back yard. Evan was beyond thrilled when he was given the green light by my dad to harvest a few of the red ones yesterday.

Seeing my little boy encircled by tomato vines and drenched with smiles makes me think of doing the same in my Papaw’s garden.

Summer tomatoes

We love tomatoes in this family. It’s a simple love, and we eat them in really simple ways.

After collecting a few plump summer tomatoes yesterday, my mom peeled a particularly pretty one. Summer tomatoes and alliteration — does it get any better than that?

We’re kind of spoiled on peeling the tomatoes first. It’s so nice to be able to eat them without that nasty skin getting in the way.

How to peel a tomato

A plate of freshly sliced tomatoes from the garden doesn’t last very long around here, and I’m starting to crave some more tomatoes as I write this post and look over these images again!

Garden Tomatoes

For breakfast, we love to have a few slices of tomatoes along with a plate of scrambled eggs. My dad also loves having tomato on a fried bologna sandwich.

I prefer eating summer tomatoes on a piece of whole wheat toast with a little mayonaise.

For me, this is really one of the most delicious sights in the whole world.

Tomato sandwich

I could eat summer tomatoes just like this every day for the rest of my life, but I’ll settle for eating it on a few special days, right in the heart and heat of summer.

Do you love summer tomatoes? How do you eat them?

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15 Comments

  1. Kristin — July 16, 2012 @ 11:29 am (#)

    I am SO jealous. There is nothing like a big, juicy, Jersey tomato (or homegrown)…and I can eat them all day long. But now I can’t eat them because of health issues (erosive gastritis) and I miss them terribly. These look so yummy!!

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  2. Nichol — July 16, 2012 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    To this day, I cannot enjoy a tomato. I detest the skin, seeds and flavor. One day I may possibly like a fresh tomato, until then it’s ketchup, canned diced tomatoes and sauce. Strange right?

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  3. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — July 16, 2012 @ 3:05 pm (#)

    Such a sweet post.

    I totally agree that tomatoes straight off the vine are simply divine.

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  4. Stacie — July 16, 2012 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    I love toasted tomato sandwiches with mayo and salt and pepper. They are even better with fresh tomatoes from the garden.

    Your pictures are beautiful! Now I’m craving tomato sandwiches lol.

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  5. Margaret — July 16, 2012 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    We’ve been known to eat tomatos like a piece of fruit, only difference is adding a touch of salt! Yum!

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  6. denise — July 16, 2012 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    love tomato sandwiches with fresh, homegrown tomatos! thanks for sharing!

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  7. Naomi — July 16, 2012 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    Last summer was so hot that everything in our garden died. It kind of made us reluctant to plant this year but seeing your luscious tomatoes, I am totally regretting that decision!

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  8. Shane@EnviroBooty — July 17, 2012 @ 12:24 am (#)

    Oh Lord girl you have me drooling now. What a lovely post. Now I have to go make a piece of toast to put some tomatoes on with mayo. YUMMY.

    PS- where did the summer go?

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  9. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles — July 17, 2012 @ 10:33 am (#)

    I love late summer tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market, especially the heirloom ones. Yum!

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  10. Cathy F — July 17, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    I would have to agree with everything you said. Tomatoes are one of two things that I look forward to every summer. The other is PEACHES.
    I eat my tomatoes sliced on wheat bread with a little mayo and salt. That is the perfect summer sandwich. Occassionaly I will use cream cheese.

    My Grandparents always had a garden and the memories I have of that will last forever.

    Happy Summer!!!

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  11. Kathleen Quinlan — July 17, 2012 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    I LIVE IN VERMONT, FOR SOME REASON MY TOMATOES HAVE NOT BEEN COMING OUT GOOD AT ALL. CRACKS, BUG ATTACKS, WILTING. I HAVE USED “SEVEN” POWDER FOR VEGGIES WITH GOOD LUCK, BUT I THINK THE BUGS ARE RESISTANT TO IT. THEN MY PLANTS LOOK LIKE THEY GET TOO MUCH SUN, SO I PLANT THEM 1/2 SHADE, THEIR GROWTH JUST IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE…YOURS LOOK GOOD!!! STILL…..TO SEE A BIG BATCH OF BIG JUICY TOMATOES SEEMS LIKE HISTORY….

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  12. Lori Thomas — July 17, 2012 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    We too grow tomatoes, we like em in blt`s, salads & just on toasted bread with mayo.

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  13. Lauralee Hensley — July 17, 2012 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    My homegrown tomatoes aren’t ripe yet. So I resorted to store bought today, because we really wanted lunch time sandwiches made with tomatoes. I planted three different types this year. Regular Big Boy, Roma, and then Fire Lover (one that would grow well in very hot conditions). I do have lots of blooms, a few green ones, but no ripe ones yet. We get our big yield where I live nearer the mid part of August.

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  14. Tracy Froehlich — September 18, 2012 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    OMG… seeing that pic of the tomato sandwich just made me hungry but also gave me a great idea!! I have a garden FULL of tomatoes this year, as they decided to “sprout up” from some leftover tomatoes from last year’s crop. I love to pick my tomatoes right off the vine, fresh from the garden and eat them right there and then!!

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  15. Maribel F — August 20, 2013 @ 10:54 am (#)

    They look delicious I have a garden to I this is why I love summer, because I love to plant my vegetables.They taste way better than the supermarket

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