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May 10, 2010

Over the weekend, I really wanted to go to this herb and garden fair because they have an awesome heirloom seed project and my seed starting was pretty much a big old fail, so I wanted to buy some plants. I didn’t go, though, because I didn’t want to pay $8 to get in just to buy tomato plants that were probably also expensive.{And I didn’t feel too badly for not supporting the project – I already contributed this year by buying a whole bunch of seeds;)}

So, driving home from a meeting this morning we passed by the location that had the fair (and an awesome place for kids if you’re local!) I noticed that they had a cart out with lots of plants — tomatoes, herbs, flowers and a bunch of other stuff! It must have been the leftovers because it was mostly little baby plants, but they were all only $1 each, so I got 9 plants. I think we might have tomatoes coming out of our ears in a few months, but I’m seriously looking forward to it! Some are dry, so I won’t be surprised if they don’t all make it, but even some would be amazing!

I got: Green Grape, Oxheart, Amish Paste, Green Zebra, Brandywine Pink and Belgium Beauty(the mystery – I can’t find a definition of what they actually are…) tomatoes. Plus an Aloe plant, a Spearmint and some Lime Basil. In addition to the Cherokee Purple, Yellow Pear and the accidental two Mountain Prides(I grabbed the wrong plant and figured they would work) already planted, that makes…10 tomato plants in all. Yes, there’s going to be a Barbara Kingsolver-style Life In a Red State (chapter 13) in a few short months if I can keep all of these babies alive.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. seekingsibling permalink
    May 12, 2010 7:22 am

    I did 9 tomato plants this year, and I figure it’s all good. Definitely more than I can eat, but worst case scenario, I have to make oodles of frozen tomato sauce 🙂 Btw, I discovered last year that peeling tomatoes didn’t make much of a difference. When I just put the tomatoes in the blender, the skins get chopped up enough I don’t notice them.

  2. May 13, 2010 6:36 am

    I think I got about 9 tomato plants this year too. But, none of mine sound as fun as yours. I’m wondering where the herb & garden fair is held. I’m bummed that I missed that. (I remember your pics of Central Market, so I know we’re at least in the same county)

    Anyway, I always end up wishing I’d canned/ freezed more tomato stuff. We use it a lot in the winter. This year I want to try canning salsa. Oh, and I agree with seekingsibling above. I just leave the skins on my tomatoes as well.

  3. May 13, 2010 5:21 pm

    woops. Just saw your link for the fair.


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