Vegetables and Fruit forum: Late surge from tomatoes

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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Sep 15, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Most years by mid-September tomatoes are winding down with many varieties having expended their usefulness. Blights begin to take hold and the plants fade away. This year, even though it has not been a banner production year by any means, most of the tomato plants are producing like gang-busters.

I give away boxes full at the local Post Office and to others who like my 'weird' tomatoes and still there is more harvest than I can give away. And these are not the typical end of the season smaller than normal, tasteless throw-aways. These tend to be big, juicy and delicious. This is the best September for tomatoes in my history. Tomatoes anyone? Picked today.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 15, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Wow! Thumbs up
Name: Deborah
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Sep 15, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Yep, wow!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 15, 2017 5:53 PM CST
The Heat waves pretty much wrecked our tomato season this year.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 15, 2017 7:17 PM CST
ctcarol said:The Heat waves pretty much wrecked our tomato season this year.


"Heat wave" was definitely something I didn't have to worry about this year -- unusually cool and wet here Sticking tongue out

That's a very good-looking harvest, Paul! Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 17, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Yes, simply fabulous!! I tip my hat to you. Hurray!
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Sep 17, 2017 9:33 AM CST
And Saturday yielded another 50 pounds of ripening fruit. It's like having zucchini...people see me coming and hide. No mas, no mas.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 17, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I would think no one turns down fresh garden tomatoes!!
Name: Deborah
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Sep 17, 2017 5:10 PM CST
I sure wouldn't hide! I'd love a good homegrown tomato sandwich right now!
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 17, 2017 7:29 PM CST
"people see me coming and hide. "

Paul, maybe it isn't the tomatoes... Big Grin

(Just teasing!)
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mom2goldens
Sep 19, 2017 4:31 PM CST
What a nice harvest, Paul. I wouldn't run away from anyone that offered me tomatoes (or zucchini!!!) Smiling
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 20, 2017 9:50 AM CST
No one here ever runs away when I am passing out tomatoes. Everyone is happy to get them.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 20, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Nice crop Paul. My tomatoes are just now coming into peak production. We had a cold snap that slowed them down some, and now it's hot again, high 80's to low 90's expected on Friday. I've been picking and canning like crazy.

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These are San Marzano Redorta

I have a bunch that should be picked today too.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 20, 2017 11:59 AM CST
tveguy3 said:Nice crop Paul. My tomatoes are just now coming into peak production. We had a cold snap that slowed them down some, and now it's hot again, high 80's to low 90's expected on Friday. I've been picking and canning like crazy.

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These are San Marzano Redorta

I have a bunch that should be picked today too.


Looks great!! I love SMR!!! Thumbs up
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 20, 2017 12:02 PM CST
They are my favorite too. I'm fermenting some seeds now to see if they come true next year.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 20, 2017 12:43 PM CST
tveguy3 said:They are my favorite too. I'm fermenting some seeds now to see if they come true next year.


I got seeds some years ago from Italy. A Big package and forever supply of SMR seeds.

It is a big tomato and no where near as dry as the regular SM. Honestly I hated the regular SM. Love SMR.
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tveguy3
Sep 20, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:

I got seeds some years ago from Italy. A Big package and forever supply of SMR seeds.

It is a big tomato and no where near as dry as the regular SM. Honestly I hated the regular SM. Love SMR.


I agree, the regular SM were tasteless. I have used up my seeds, the last ones were 5 years old and still all germinated nicely this spring. I had one of the plants turn out to be something else though, they are round and pretty good, but don't know what they are. One other seed must have gotten mixed in with the SMR's.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 18, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Still some slicers picked here although the plants look so bad it is surprising to get any tomatoes. But then it is October 18th so really great to get larger tomatoes this late. The cherry types do continue to produce.

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