We finally have tomatoes! Oh how long we’ve waited to bite into a fresh, juicy tomato still warm from the garden. That really is the taste of summer, isn’t it? We don’t often have fresh tomatoes around here as we don’t usually buy the ‘notional tomato’ of the grocery store. There is really no comparing a fresh garden tomato with the chemically-ripened cardboard fruits sold at the grocery–which is why most folks, if they grow anything at all, will grow a tomato plant.

Here are some of our beauties:

The first tomatoes

We are growing Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, and so far only our Italian Heirloom are producing for full-size tomatoes (although I did see a half-ripe Black Krim on the vine last time I was out).

We made good use of our ‘maters in a couple ways. The cherries have been devoured straight from the from the vine to the mouth, as well as put to use in a beautiful salad (that’s store-bought lettuce (sadly) mixed with chopped Swiss Chard from our garden, and a cuke from the communal ‘give away’ table at Wyatt’s work)

lovely, lovely

and on this scrumptious Margherita Pizza.


Keep up on a comin’, maters!


6 responses to “‘Maters!

  1. Love it. “Notional tomatoes” So true.

    We’ve been adoring the many varieties the Hellings are selling this year at the BFM.

    Wow. There’s just NO comparison.

    PS LOVE margarita pizza. What do you do for flour? I haven’t found local yet. Still buying organic half-white/half-wheat from HyVee.

  2. We buy Wheat Montana flour, usually (a throw-back to our Montana days). The crust on this pizza is a homemade whole wheat crust. It’s a quick rising crust that only takes about 20 minutes to make. It’s our usual go-to recipe.

  3. The recipe for the crust is as follows:
    Crack a beer. Mix 1 cup white, 1 scant cup wheat, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 packet of yeast. Add 3/4 cup warm water & a tbsp olive oil. Continue drinking beer. Mix and kneed until you have a nice consistency. Let rise 20 minutes, covered, while finishing beer. Spread out on an oiled baking sheet. Open another beer if desired.

  4. Bless you for the recipe!! I’ve got beer! 🙂

    Seriously, very easy…and I have all that minus the yeast. What kind of yeast do you use?

  5. Wyatt, you are so funny! Yet, enjoying some livation while cooking is just how it should be done. 🙂
    The pizza looks awesome! You ate it all in 1 sitting, didn’t you?

  6. It’s actually 1/2 tsp sugar, but hey, who’s measuring? We use Hogson Mills or Red Star yeast. And yes, Mary, of course we ate it in one sitting. 🙂

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