There was a time where I didn't like tomatoes. Yes, I know. When I got into songwriters, I quickly became aware of Guy Clark, and built a website for him. Now, twelve years later, I know why he was so excited about tomatoes. (song reference at the end).
A favorite. Good tart flavor, nice texture, slice great.
These are wonderful, juicy, perfect tomatoes.
These large for cherries are spectacular.
Paul Robeson's are great. Nice, big beautiful tomato.
I call these 'brain' tomatoes. They are big, fun and have great flavor.
From here on, these are varieties I wouldn't grow again. The 'generic red tomato' just isn't very exciting, and it would take a while to grow tired of the other, more delicious and exotic varieties.
These were the worst. Beautiful, not too flavorful. Still, way better than any store bought tomatoes.
At some point in my first year of living in Ophir, 1983, Guy Clark released his album Better Days, with the now-classic tune, Homegrown Tomatoes. (I'd probably recommend the version from Keepers.)
Ain't nothin' in the world that I like better
Than bacon & lettuce and homegrown tomatoes
Up in the mornin' out in the garden
Get you a ripe one don't get a hard one
Plant 'em in the spring eat 'em in the summer
All winter with out 'em's a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin' & diggin'
Every time I go out & pick me a big one
Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes
You can go out to eat & that's for sure
But it's nothin' a homegrown tomato won't cure
Put 'em in a salad, put 'em in a stew
You can make your very own tomato juice
Eat 'em with eggs, eat 'em with gravy
Eat 'em with beans, pinto or navy
Put 'em on the site put 'em in the middle
Put a homegrown tomato on a hotcake griddle
If I's to change this life I lead
I'd be Johnny Tomato Seed
'Cause I know what this country needs
Homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see
When I die don't bury me
In a box in a cemetary
Out in the garden would be much better
I could be pushin' up homegrown tomatoes
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