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We have not had a bumper-crop of tomatoes, this year. I had visions of canning tomatoes, Victor making sauce with fresh tomatoes from the yard…

Ain’t gonna happen.

I think part of the problem is the bed where we’ve been planting them. It’s not getting the sun it used to… Too many big bushes and trees in the neighbor’s yards are encroaching. One of those double-edged swords… They’re perfect for privacy, but Mr Sunbeam is being blocked, as well. I’ve had to augment with store-bought heirlooms. At least they’re local Pennsylvania, but it’s just not the same.

Methinks that next year we’ll be doing a raised bed in a different part of the yard and expanding the offerings…

In the meantime, we have had a few good peppers that I canned and set aside for possible Christmas offerings – if we don’t eat them all, first…


We’ve had a few lush years and hope to see a few more while we’re here.

Tonight I baked chicken breasts with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs from the yard and did a tomato salad with the store-bought’s. I mixed the tomatoes and juices from the chicken with some really big, fat pasta noodles, hit it all with some cheese, and called it dinner.

Not bad, at all…



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