You’ve planted their roots deep, mulched the rows to prevent weeds, staked their stems to promote upward growth, and watched them grow. As you see your tomatoes turn from an orange-green color to red with a few light pink or yellow stripes, it’s time to harvest and enjoy the hard work of your green thumb! Tomatoes that are ready for harvest should still feel firm to touch. Set them on a window sill or counter at room temperature– never in the fridge– and let them ripen to perfection.
There is just no comparison between store-bought and farm fresh tomatoes. When I can find a farmer’s market variety or pick one from my very own plants, I like to keep the tomato preparation simple to allow that juicy sweet flavor to shine. Try one of the easy tomato recipes below to see how delicious this late summer fruit can be!
Bonnie Plants’ specialty is tomatoes! Learn tips and tricks for troubleshooting sick plants, harvesting healthy ones, storage and late-season tomato growth here.
How do you use the in-season tomato during the late summer weeks? Let me know your favorite recipe or tip here!