Tomatoes! Every time I pass by my front porch, this summer, I snack on tomatoes! And not just any tomato—Sungold is my tomato of choice. It’s tart, but also sweet, along with a cheery gold color—it’s just the best treat there is.
There is nothing like growing one’s own vegetables and fruits—the flavors are more intense and they are the freshest possible. My favorite vegetable, and probably one of the easiest to grow (besides zucchini) is tomatoes. When we lived in the South Bay, we grew between 25-30 heirloom varieties of tomatoes each spring and summer.
Now that we live in the cooler temperatures of Berkeley we have reduced the number and size of the tomatoes to cherry tomatoes and early, smallish producers like New Girl, Dirty Girl, Indigo Rose and Stupice. Since there are many micro-climates in our Bay Area, you might get away with growing even bigger sized tomato varieties.
This year we’re growing three Sungolds, and for the first time, Dr. Carolyn—propagated by Kassenhoff Growers. The Sungolds I purchased at our Berkeley Garden Club plant sale this spring. The starts were already about 12” tall in their 4” pots when we planted them. I just went outside and counted the emerging Sungolds on one of the now 6’ tall plants—76 tomatoes!
Want to find out more about tomatoes? Come to our Sept. 18 BGC meeting. We will be holding our annual tomato tasting (over 30 varieties) followed by our speaker Brad Gates of Wildboar Farms. He grows an amazing assortment of tomatoes and will be sharing his tips on growing tomatoes and talking about his favorites! The Tomato Tasting starts at 1:30 pm followed by Brad Gates’ presentation from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany. We hope to see you there!