I love autumn. In Portland, the rainy season has begun and home canning projects consume days off.
I have a few tomato plants in my raised beds. Alas, they have just begun to set and ripen fruit. I have Brandywine heirloom's, green zebra, another heirloom and an entire raised bed devoted to herbs and plum tomatoes.
Gawd I love tomatoes. Morning, noon or night. Tomatoes! Growing up in New Jersey, we always had access to amazing Jersey tomatoes. So acidic that after two or three toms you felt like you'd eaten a bag of sour patch kids. My idea of a 'real' tomato is an acidic tomato.
My favorite thing to do with tomatoes (after eating them with salt and home made mozzarella) is make tomato juice.
Easy peasy; tomatoes in a large pot with whatever veggies are at hand. I use fennel, garlic, onion, celery, carrot.
Cook for hours until the veggies break down.
Pass through a food mill, and viola! Reduce it a little more and you have tomato juice. Process it in sterile jars and you'll have tomato juice all winter long.
Bummer for me tho. CeeLee and I are going to Ireland for vacation soon.
I'm pretty darned sure that all my tomatoes will ripen while I'm away.
Oh well. The house sitter will freeze them as they ripen and I'lll deal with them when I return.
Thinking all things Irish....
So, be well, eat well and love big.