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The Summer of Stolen Tomatoes

By Sharon
June 20, 2012

They were only little tomato plants, each no more than two or three inches tall. I carefully dug two of them from the family garden and transplanted them to my own private garden hidden behind the playhouse. After all, who would ever miss two little tomato plants?

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vic
Jun 19, 2012 6:41 PM CST
THIEF! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

What a COOL story Sharon and so fun to read. I just knew those tomatoes were going to come right back up where you tried to bury them Whistling

Mostly I think it's so sweet that Aunt Bett and Granny Ninna let you get by with it Green Grin!

Makes me hungry for a tomato sandwich.

I'm trying a couple new (to me) heirlooms this year. Can't wait to see how they turn out.
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Sharon
Jun 19, 2012 8:04 PM CST
Made myself hungry while writing the article, Vic! Glad you like them too.
Eat one of those tomatoes for me!
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Bubbles
Jun 19, 2012 8:17 PM CST
Such a cute story of remembrance. I was afraid you were going to break out Ina rash from all those 'maters!
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And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jun 19, 2012 8:28 PM CST
Hehehe, me too,..thinking about the rash! I thought for sure you'd get caught, Sharon!

"...though true heirlooms are those that come from seeds handed down from generation to generation since around 1940. "

I think I'd be more inclined to take that date much further back than 1940. The Abe Lincoln sandwich you show dates back to 1923 and has been "handed down" since. I have some tomato varieties dating further back than that and considered "heirlooms".

All in all, a great read, Sharon! I love your personalization of it all!

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Sharon
Jun 19, 2012 8:36 PM CST
No rash, Bubbles, just juicy tomatoes.

You are right, shoe. I think our heirlooms had been in the family since they settled in that area. Long before 1940. But that was the time when people started realizing what treasures they had and saved them religiously from then on. My family anyway.

Thanks folks!
And thanks for the picture, shoe!! Makes me sooooo hungry!
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Horseshoe
Jun 19, 2012 8:44 PM CST
Next year I'll send you an Abe L. plant! But you have to post a pic of you chowing down on an Abe sandwich! Smiling
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Sharon
Jun 19, 2012 8:48 PM CST
No problem, Shoe. You'll get that picture!
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valleylynn
Jun 19, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Reading this was so much fun. And it made my mouth water just thinking of those luscious, juicey tomatoes.
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Sharon
Jun 19, 2012 9:39 PM CST
Sweet!! Thanks Lynn.
Me too, hungry for tomatoes.
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bsavage
Jun 20, 2012 1:57 AM CST
You would have been such a fun childhood friend, Sharon! (And you are now a fun adult friend!)... but I would have loved sharing one of your stolen tomatoes, and I would have thought you were very brave, or a little crazy... risking getting in trouble like that!

I think it's interesting that at such a young age, you were already planting things around 'your home'... your playhouse obviously needed a garden!
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Jun 20, 2012 2:58 AM CST
Great story.
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Sharon
Jun 20, 2012 7:17 AM CST
There were few children nearby, Brenda, so I just did what I saw the adults doing, I planted!
No doubt if you had been there, we would have managed to create a Blue Garden!
Thanks!

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Ridesredmule
Jun 20, 2012 11:26 AM CST
Sharon, I am always at the warm "down-home" feeling you have in your articles.
I really enjoy reading this one. I am a tomato lover.
Thank you dear...
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Sharon
Jun 20, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Thanks Charleen! So glad you love tomatoes!
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Ridesredmule
Jun 20, 2012 1:09 PM CST
And cucumbers to. YUM!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Sharon
Jun 20, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Add a bit of onion, a touch of garlic, some olive oil and a hunk of cheese and we'd have a full meal!
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Jun 20, 2012 1:54 PM CST
Amen to that sister! One of my favorites! Hurray! Hurray!
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Sharon
Jun 20, 2012 2:08 PM CST
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And maybe a loaf of homemade bread to dip into the leftover juices.
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Ridesredmule
Jun 20, 2012 2:15 PM CST
Sop up the "mater juices"
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Sharon
Jun 20, 2012 2:16 PM CST
And the olive oil. Thumbs up
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