Tomato-picking at the organic farm

My husband's cousin Jason (who lives around the corner from us) is a member of an organic farm co-op. Every week during the crop seasons (spring through fall), he goes to pick up the vegetables and fruits in season. Each week is a pleasant surprise, as you never know what veggies you are going to get. While Jason and his family went on vacation in August, they offered their weekly pick-up to us. So we went to pick up a delectable variety of 17 kinds of fresh, organic veggies and fruit. This included common vegetables such as tomatoes, garlic, and melons (4 kinds!) as well as some unrecognizable varieties which we simply didn't know what to do with. I totally forgot to take a photo of the collection, so I'm actually attaching one from Julie (Jason's sister) to show the cool variety that a weekly batch offers.

Last weekend, the farm offered its members the opportunity to invite friends and family to pick tomatoes. Jason invited his 2 sisters and us. As I carried Calvin on my back (poor thing, he was full of mosquito bites on his face when we got home! I couldn't see his face to shield him from the critters) we all headed into the tomato bushes to pick a yummy variety of ripe tomatoes. While we worked on our tomato-picking, Jason's daughter Jillian picked some yellow cherry tomatoes (are they called cherry tomatoes if they're yellow?) which we all ate during our labour. It was incredible how quickly we could fill a box with 20 lbs of tomatoes! 20 pounds, yes!

Here's Kira picking tomatoes. She'd pick all kinds: ones with bruises and holes, ones fallen off and laying on the ground, ones that were not quite ripe, and of course some red and perfect ones too!

"Here Julie, do you want a yellow one?" (Julie nodding politely as Kira puts it in, then pitching it as Kira looks away...)

That night, we ate tomato sandwiches, and Mark made chili. This week I'll be making a ton of tomato sauce, and freezing the rest. What a fun outing! Thanks, Jay!