I like growing tomatoes. It is exciting to watch the blooms turn into fruit and then the green fruit ripen. I also like growing enough tomatoes to give some away. However, the best thing is when my granddaughters come to visit and they pick and eat the fruit right from the vine. I plant beef steak tomatoes for my husband but I plant bite sized cherry tomatoes for the grands. In the winter, when I plan out the garden, I always have the cherry tomatoes on the outside – it makes it easier for little arms to reach them.
Last week my 3 year old granddaughter came by for a visit. I purposely did not pick any tomatoes for several days so there would be some red, juicy ripe ones left on the vines. She was very excited and fished around through the green leaves looking for the prize. It looked like a summer Easter egg hunt. She was popping them in her mouth and eating them as fast as she could find them. You would have thought it was candy! This is the positive side of not using any kind of pesticides or chemicals in my garden. The fresh picked tomatoes can be eaten right from the source.
This is the second year she has feasted on tomatoes from my garden. I did the same thing fifty years ago in my grandmother’s tomato patch. I hope it registers a warm memory for her to retrieve some day when she is a grandmother.