Heirloom Tomatoes Goin’ Gorilla – Feels Good to be Home

by on July 16, 2012

It’s amazing what can happen in a garden over a few summer days. Last week we headed up to Park City, UT for the amazing Evo Conference. It was great seeing friends, face meeting twitter buddies, and having the chance to share what we love as speakers in two different photography workshop sessions. The ladies who put Evo on are amazing and it was a honor to be a part of it. Plus Park City is gorgeous.

Since we knew we’d be gone for 4 days with travel and the conference, early last week we went through a picked all that was close to being ripe. Peaches, plums, pluots, blackberries, zucchini, and of course tomatoes. “Now it should be a bit before the next round of garden pickings are ready!” we confidently thought.

Um… no. Were we ever so wrong. We arrived home Sunday to find dozens of peaches on the ground (Dante would have eaten them all,) but Sierra needs somebody to test if first – traumatic puppyhood garden incident), quite a few huuuugggge zucchini, more blackberries, ripe yellow squash we didn’t even know was close, and tons of tomatoes. It took about 2 hours just to harvest. Not that we are complaining. ;)

Yep it’s that time of year. That garden has officially gone gorilla, and we are loving it.

The heirloom tomatoes have gotten crazy ripe all of a sudden. Thanks to everyone to shared your tomato recipes with us on our previous post. We’ll be sharing some of those favorites in posts next week!

In the meantime, check out our previous Tomato Recipes.

Hope everyone has a great week! Happy summer days!

And last question— Is it possible to have too many tomatoes?

- Todd and Diane

(below) some favorites: chocolate stripe and red brandywine heirlooms

sticky tomato picking hands

can one really have too many tomatoes?

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1 Emily July 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for the late-night tomato craving. What I wouldn’t give for freshly sliced tomatoes sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Mmmmm…

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2 White on Rice Couple July 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

Emily- hopefully you’ll get some sleep over the next few week because we’ll be sharing many more tomato recipes. xoxo

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3 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 17, 2012 at 12:54 am

Those are the prettiest tomatoes ever!! The varieties, colors, nature at its finest…welcome home!

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4 Lena July 17, 2012 at 2:13 am

Wow, tomatoes are so beautiful!
We have a vegetable patch on a field this year, which is amazing and so much fun! Our tomatoes aren’t as ripe as yours, but it’s just a matter of days!
But we harvested a lot of other vegetables already. I wrote about it on my blog, if you’re interested.
I’m looking forward having a large garden like yours some day!

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5 Tate Mcgee July 17, 2012 at 2:46 am

Never! However, if you thinks so, please give me a call. I’m the tomato hoarder.

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6 VA DE PAN July 17, 2012 at 2:53 am

Wonderful tomatoes!!!!!I love their colour and can imagine their smell and taste…mmm…amazing!!!!!

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7 Mary July 17, 2012 at 4:20 am

Gorgeous photos. I love love heirloom tomatoes and so wish I had the time and patience (and a couple days under 100 degrees) to harvest them myself. Can’t wait to see how they transform in your kitchen!

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8 Diane, A Broad July 17, 2012 at 4:40 am

I love brandywine tomatoes! I used to think I didn’t like tomatoes — until I had a really good ripe brandywine at a farmer’s market. Now I can’t get enough!

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9 White on Rice Couple July 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

Diane- so glad to had a taste of a really great tomato. Now you’ll be hooked!

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10 JulieD July 17, 2012 at 8:01 am

I don’t think you can ever have too many!! Those are so beautiful! I’m thinking salt & pepper tomato salads and caprese grilled cheese sandwiches! And tomato jams and tomato sauces…have fun!! xoxo

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11 Jennifer July 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wow! That’s amazing!

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12 Heather July 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

Wish I had this problem!

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13 Stewart Putney July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

Never too many tomatoes…friends are always happy to get your extras…

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14 LisaT July 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

Breathtaking. Just breathtaking.

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15 Sophie Cox via Facebook July 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

these pics are lovely and really imspirational!! x

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16 Joanne @ FifteenSpatulas July 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

Oh my GAWD. Your HOUSE is a farmer’s market!!!! LOL.

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17 Colleen Porter via Facebook July 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

Does it have a tomato-chocolate taste???

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18 90210 Farmgirl July 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

Wow, those photos are framers! Sure would love to purchase your artistry for my walls. Next best thing to having a garden bonanza like yours!

Hope I’m not too late in the game, but here are some tomato recipes for your repertoire. They are big hits in my kitchen…enjoy!

http://www.danaslatkin.com/salad-recipes/tomato-mozzarella-salad/
http://www.danaslatkin.com/condiments/tomato-chutney/
http://www.danaslatkin.com/salad-recipes/israeli-tomato-feta-salad/

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19 White on Rice Couple July 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

90210 Farmgirl- Funny you mention this because we’re launching (finally) our photo store in a few weeks. So many of our images will be available as prints, canvases and other photo products. :) stay tuned!

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20 Liz@HoosierHomemade July 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

LOVE all the varieties of tomatoes! We only have just begun to harvest ours!
Thank YOU again for all the great information at Evo! I really enjoyed seeing you, once again, and hearing your words of wisdom!
~Liz@HoosierHomemade

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21 White on Rice Couple July 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hi Liz! it was great to see you again too and thank you for joining us. Please, always keep in touch and let us know if your photo progress. xoxo

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22 Lindsay July 17, 2012 at 11:45 am

I did a tomato peach jam last summer that was divine:
http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2011/09/spicy-tomato-peach-jam.html

Sounds like you have the makings for a few gallons of it!

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23 Shut Up & Cook July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

I planted LOADS of tomatoes this year…and everyone keeps telling me I’m going to have too many, but I’ve never heard of such a ridiculous thing. Too many tomatoes? Pas possible! Alas, since I’m in Seattle I’ve got a few more weeks before mine start arriving…if only I were a more patient person!

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24 Geri Miller July 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm

BEEEEEEE-u-tiful! Looks and tastes like Summer! :)

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25 @HomeGrownEdible July 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

If there’s a kinda crazy I like…it’s tomato crazy! :) http://t.co/FtVOnNOi

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26 White On Rice Couple via Facebook July 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Colleen Porter it’s very sweet, but probably given the name more for it’s gorgeous deep color.

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27 Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits July 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

You can NEVER have too many tomatoes. Especially heirloom tomatoes. Especially homegrown heirloom tomatoes.

Stunning photos!

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28 Hilda July 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

OMG! I’m loving all these tomatoes! I must admit I have never so much beautiful tomatoes all together in one time, its like a beauty pageant for tomatoes :-) Can’t wait to see the recipes you’ll concoct for us!

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29 Christyna (Baker With a Cause) July 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Wow! You’ve got your own farmers’ market there! Beautiful! One day, I hope to be just like you guys (awesome bloggers, chef and photographers extraordinaire, and amazing gardners as well).

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30 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

Loved learning from you at Evo. Thanks! Wish I lived next door so I could “borrow” some of your tomatoes. They’re gorgeous!

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31 White on Rice Couple July 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Barbara- thanks for joining us Barbara and it was a sweet treat to finally meet you. xoxo

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32 Susan in the Boonies July 23, 2012 at 6:37 am

Beautiful and such problems you have!!!

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