The word of the week is tomatoes, lots of 'em, and then there's doing something with all those tomatoes. Early last week I picked some nice Better Boy and Pink Girl slicers. Since there were more on the windowsill, I gave these away.
Then it was time to pick the sauce tomatoes. Actually they weren't as ripe as I like, but an animal of some sort was damaging the fruits in low-hanging clusters, so I picked them and set them in the sunroom for a few days. It left it's teeth marks in this one. Maybe an opossum or raccoon?
Most of the sauce tomatoes are Plum Regal, with a few Roma VF on top of the pile. I grew the Plum Regal because it is supposed to be blight resistant. It's also very productive. I read some taste tests on the internet that weren't very positive, but I think it's a decent flavored tomato, with a good bite that tells me it's high in acid, a good thing for a canning tomato. There's about 12 pounds here:
Sunday I canned marinara sauce for the first time. I used about 10 pounds of tomatoes, thinking that was plenty for 7 pints of sauce, which is what will fit in the boiling water canner. Well it only filled 6 pints. To get the sauce to the right consistency, a lot of water has to be boiled away.
A few beans were picked, about a pound and a half in small pickings over last week. The good news is that the beans are on the rebound from the Japanese beetles. This morning I picked a nice batch of Providers and Musica, which will go on next week's total.
And yes I'm getting zucchini again after a month's absence. This is the second one from this plant. All this went into a stir fry.
To see what other people are growing, head on over to Our Happy Acres and check it out.