Last year it was fresh spinach ... this year it's tomatoes ... what is up with all the problems with produce these days?
It's not bad enough that we have to pay almost $5.00 for a gallon of gas, $4.00 for a gallon of milk, $2.50 for a dozen eggs, and about $2.00 for a medium-size cup of coffee that just doesn't seem to taste like coffee anymore - now we can't even have a BLT sandwich because the T part of the equation is being yanked off of shelves due to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning!
Last year's pulling of bagged spinach from grocery coolers really didn't affect me as I'm not a fresh spinach eater as a rule but to not be able to have a tomato on my salad or my sandwich or hamburger is just downright unacceptable! Thank goodness I had the foresight to decide to grow my own tomatoes this year and bought a lone plant back in April. It's now happily growing in a container on my front porch amongst all of the petunias, dusty miller, morning glories, geraniums, and whatever else I have out there.
I bought it a cage yesterday to help support it as it's doing so well and I can't wait until this lovely plant starts producing some fruit so I can enjoy a homegrown tomato or two on my salads and sandwiches. Tomato scare indeed - we'll just see about that!
How about you? How are you surviving the Great Tomato Shortage of '08?
Also, come on back by later and I'll fill you in on what I was doing wearing that bandanna over my face yesterday - I've almost got all of the pictures together to tell the whole story!