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Tomatoes, at exactly the right time

This morning, I breakfasted on tomatoes.

This wouldn’t ordinarily be a big deal. After all, it is still tomato season in California. I’ve been breakfasting on tomatoes since they showed up at the markets this year. In fact, this time of year, it’s not odd in the slightest for me to have more tomatoes on hand than I could possibly eat before they burst, ripely, in the bowls where Fatemeh and I store them.

But these? These were the first two tomatoes off my plants in the wine barrels.

No, really. The first two tomatoes I managed to half-assedly nurture to health in California. It was a momentous occasion, people. In fact, it was, perhaps, the best possible way to kick off a Monday.

Were they the best-flavored tomatoes I’ve ever eaten? No, they were not. They tasted like they’d been stressed throughout their growing season, as they have been. And they were awfully runty. But you know what? All things considered, they were pretty damn good.

It seems only fitting that I’m writing this post on my apartment patio, sitting with my feet propped up next to the card table that served as my back porch table for so long in Iowa City. It’s a warm, summery night here, which has been a long time coming after an unusually foggy summer. I think I just got a mosquito bite or three. And I’ve got a glass of Templeton Rye on the table next to me. There’s much the same in this scenario as two and a half years ago, and yet, there’s so much that has changed.

So, sure. Maybe I didn’t have tomatoes in July like I would have had in Iowa. But sometimes? Even if it requires a wait, life gives you exactly what you need, just when you’re meant to get it.

10 Comments on “Tomatoes, at exactly the right time”

  1. #1 Al_Pal
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Awww. Great post.

  2. #2 inadvertentgardener
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Al_Pal, thanks. :-)

  3. #3 Heather's Garden
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 7:50 am


  4. #4 inadvertentgardener
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Heather, I promised you an update. :-) This one was even in real-time!

  5. #5 gtrine
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Yey! Finally right?!?!? I am so relieved you were able to grow the tomatoes successfully. Your posts had me worried for a time. =)

    I wasn’t really expecting a sweet crop this year since the weather hasn’t been ideal, but so far we’ve had really sweet tomatoes this year. The heirlooms are finally catching up with the cherry toms and I can’t wait.

  6. #6 inadvertentgardener
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Pilar, yeah — I was starting to totally worry…but finally! So exciting. :-)

  7. #7 Jeff Shattuck
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations! Those tomatoes were a long time coming.

  8. #8 inadvertentgardener
    on Sep 28th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Jeff, seriously. SERIOUSLY. Gaah.

  9. #9 Running out of tomato time – The Inadvertent Gardener
    on Sep 29th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    [...] a moment, I despaired. This was, in fact, before I’d managed to even get a single tomato to ripen, so I had this flash-forward to pulling out all the plants, no harvest whatsoever, which would also [...]

  10. #10 Annia
    on Nov 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    ‘life gives you exactly what you need, just when you’re meant to get it.’ – this is one inspiring thought. Thanks and those tomatoes look good enough to eat!.

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