We’ve been picking the large tomatoes as soon as they start showing a hint of color this year — the squirrels have been particularly evil, and if we don’t harvest tomatoes as soon as possible, the little bastards leave partially-eaten tomatoes all over the yard.
When I went out this morning to water and check on the state of the garden, I harvested these four ‘Marvel Stripe’ tomatoes. They’re just starting to show their yellow color. Time to nab them before the squirrels do.
Are they cracked? Horribly. I have not been great about watering this year, so the tomatoes in this part of the garden have mostly relied on scant rainfall to keep going. So, yeah. Lots of cracks.
Are they ugly as sin? Oh, yes.
Am I really going to eat those? Hell. Yes. I am dying to try these bad boys out. It’s my first year growing ‘Marvel Stripe.’ I’m not going to miss out just because these tomatoes look like they’d be more at home in the compost bin than in my kitchen.
However (and you guys know that I will defend ugly gardens and ugly veggies with my dying breath), I will admit that seeing these tomatoes looking so homely when they look so pretty in the catalogs makes me want to start being a bit more conscientious about the watering…