So, happily, the tomatoes in our little garden are going nuts! Not quite enough to start sharing with friends and neighbors because, well, quite frankly, not too many even make it into our house!
Hmmm...is there anything more Heavenly than stepping into the tomato patch, salt shaker in hand, and eating vine-ripened fruit right off the vine, warm from the sun? It's like tomato-flavored candy I tell's ya!
Have you ever taken the salt shaker into your tomato patch with you? That's one of my sweetest childhood memories! One summer, my mom grew tomatoes. This patch was HUGE! (or at least it seemed huge!) She spent a lot of time out there, I'm sure it was her respite. She'd hang out there smokin' her ciggies, snippin' tomato worms in half, (yeah I know, blech!) and watering those ginormous tomato plants! It was such a treat to hang out there with her, on those warm southern California evenings, eating our fill of ripened to perfection, sweet, warm, salted tomatoes! Summer!
So this one's for you Mom!!! May your life be full of ripe, salty, sweet, and warm summer tomatoes! :-)