Cherry Tomato recipe-Small fruit with powerful punch.

Why are there so many cherry type tomato varieties? They are great in any recipe but especially the one below!

Sugary cherry tomato

A cherry tomato sweet as sugar called Sugary!

Because they are so sweet, very easy to grow and so fast to mature, you can eat some every time you go out to the garden!   This one is called Sugary and we have 9 more varieties in our catalog for you to grow.  Sun Gold, one of the sweetest, is bright orange and so prolific!  You can even grow “mini” Roma types such as Juliet and Blush, best for holding up to cooking and are perfect for roasting or drying. Order our combo of tomato plants called Bowl of Cherries for a treat of 6 different varieties!

Here is a great recipe for a quick pasta with these lovely treats:

1 lb.  pasta such as Bow Ties, Penne or other fun shape
1 lb. cherry “Roma” type tomatoes, sliced in half
2-3 cloves of garlic
3-4 large leaves of Basil
1 cup of Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine ( the fresh little balls in water) drained or cut larger size pieces to bite size.
good extra virgin olive oil
Spinach, broccoli florets, asparagus, zucchini or any type of vegetable you like and have on hand.  Quick cook to just tender, fresh spinach can be added without cooking.

In a large pot of salted, boiling water cook your green vegetables until just tender, drain and set aside.  Bring water to a boil again and add pasta to cook according to package time.

Black Cherry Tomato

Black cherry has the flavor richness of larger Black tomatoes

While cooking pasta, mince garlic cloves and add to olive oil in a large skillet over low heat for 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes, vegetables, basil, fresh ground pepper and sea or kosher salt and toss together gently until tomatoes just begin to get very hot and juices come out.

Add a large spoonful of pasta water and cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes.  Drain pasta and add to skillet cooking a minute or two more.  Pour into a large pasta bowl along with the cheese balls and toss well.  Serve with Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top and good bread for soaking up the juices of those sweet tomatoes!

New Season! Tomato plants for 2014 available for pre-ordering now!

Our Tomato plants for 2014 are available for pre-ordering now!

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato plant
With over 200 plant selections and 55 tomato varieties this year we have the best selection of plants on the web! We had a blast choosing our new varieties this year with some really fun ones for you to try. Check out the Pink Berkeley Tie Dye which is striped on the outside, luscious pink on the inside and so tasty. Continue reading

Canning and Preserving Tomatoes

Canning and Preserving Tomatoes

Canning & Preserving TomatoesCanning and Preserving tomatoes again, my feet hurt, I smell like a tomato and my fingers are sore from peeling tomatoes. Our Romas and San Marzanos are prolific this year and the Opalkas are giant! The color red that they turn when canned is just beautiful and they call out for the tomato soup and spaghetti sauce in the winter. There is a great sense of accomplishment when the first jars start filling up my cupboard where I keep the seasons harvest in jars. Corn is in the freezer and onions are dried and ready to use all year long. Our Blueberries were a bumper crop and made the most amazing jam! There is nothing like it in any grocery store anywhere! Continue reading

Absolutely Gorgeous Tomato Plants for Sale

Tomato plants for saleEvery year it is exciting to see the new crop of plants come to size but I can tell you that this year is the best ever. We have beautiful tomato plants for sale in our greenhouses and I just wish you could all walk through with me. That tomato plant smell is so strong and the plants are just growing by the minute!

We have a fantastic selection and we are so proud of our babies!

 

Choosing Tomato Varieties

What a stressful time for us here at the Tasteful Garden. We have to evaluate our selections of tomato varieties and choose which ones have to go to make room for the new. We try to offer a comprehensive selection of colors, sizes and time to maturity so that you can choose the tomatoes you want to grow. Even tougher is to narrow down our choices for the new varieties! Some varieties look good and may taste great but the names may be either unpronounceable or just plain weird.

Although varieties such as Momotaro and Rutgers are fantastic tomatoes and are well known, after offering them for so many years, we are putting them aside for a while to grow some newer ones. Kellogg’s Breakfast has been on a lot of favorites list for years but this is the first year we have grown it. We are assured that the production is high and the flavor is fantaaastic. Marianna’s Peace was a variety that had a burst of popularity a couple of years ago and then dropped like a hot potato. We are now bringing it back because it really was a good tomato and deserves another chance at fame.

Since weather problems made so many tomatoes just give up this year, we decided to come up with a rating system which will indicate which tomatoes will grow no matter what you do and which ones need a little more care. So many of our customers grow in containers or have limited space and cannot grow 16 tomato varieties so we have indicated which ones we would grow if we wanted to get lots of fruit under those conditions and still get great flavor.

Of course I hope everyone is enlarging their garden space this spring…get the compost in now!