Sunday, January 21, 2018
Almost a total loss
Racing cars on the roof of the Fiat building in Turin, Italy in 1923.
My hopes of a big harvest and a truck farm have went up in smoke (or freeze). We drove up to check our mail and over to the 1/8th acre plantation to check the crops. Terrible news.
EVERY tomato plant is GONE ... .... .(all three of them).
The Cantaloupes are a thing of the past while All the banana trees are burned black/brown (both of them). (do banana trees recover?)
It took a long time but I harvested all the green tomatoes that were about the size of a quarter. My mouth said, “Do I taste fried green tomatoes?”
Shucks it looks like the entire crop of one Pineapple may make it. It is close to the ground and still has some green!
I have never fried green tomatoes, but friend Evelyn had given us some ‘Fried Green tomato Coating Mix’ awhile back and it came in handy. Back at our mobile-home Sherry said just add olive oil to the pan and go to it. So I did. I decided for our snack to throw in a few slices of onion.
(Maybe just a little burned, but they were good!)
Our whole crop only made a small snack. Sad end to such a big dream of FRESH tomato sandwiches, my favorite sandwich in the whole world. Will I try again? You betcha, just as soon as we settle down over there in a couple weeks.
I am not much on Farmer’s markets UNLESS I know the person or the sale is actually at a farm or garden. Sad to say I worked with a man a few years ago in an office. Later he opened a Vegetable stand. I knew him Well enough for him to confide to me about the tomatoes he had at his stand. ‘They are from Mexico, organic is cool now, so I make them Organic. The label said ‘organically grown locally.’ For affect, he put them on the ground and uses a garden hose to splash some dirt on the clean tomatoes, half cleaned them for display.
He had an old corncob pipe in the breast pocket of his Red Camel ‘overhauls’. He looked the part, but didn’t have a farm. I guess the rule, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ or the one, ‘buyer beware’ fits.
Imma tell you, I KNOW a good tomato when I bite into it!
PS: Friend Buddy sent me some good advice and a little sarcasm……
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
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Lilian Harvey and her Mercedes.