Veggie update – Cherry tomato

Cherry tomato, Tomaccio
It’s time to take a trip out to the veggie garden. The tomato plants are the first stop. I am growing a new variety called ‘Tomaccio’ which is a cherry tomato. It is purported to be an excellent tomato for drying so I’m anxious to give that a try. As you can see, it’s pretty productive so far.

The tomato seedlings came from a wholesale nursery but should be available next year at local nurseries. I’ll review how it performed at the end of the season.

Last year, I grew different types of cherry tomatoes and they dried beautifully in our dehydrator. I stored them in glass jars and used them in various pasta dishes. All I would have to do is pour some of the dried tomatoes into a glass measuring cup, add some boiling water and let them plump back up for 5-10 minutes. It’s definitely an easy way to continue enjoying tomatoes from your garden into the fall and winter.

Like most vegetable gardeners I’ve spoken with, my tomato plants really took a long time to start growing and setting fruit due to our cold, wet spring and early summer. Now this heat is making everything grow by leaps and bounds. Hooray.