We usually pick our first tomato around May 1st. Texas has had a long, cool spring, and I wasn’t really expecting any tomatoes till mid-May. This morning, I was happily surprised to find a lovely little Sun Gold ready to be picked.
While I wanted to pop it in my mouth, I’ve established a little ritual with the first tomato of the season, and it involves Tallulah
This is a photo of Tallulah in her favorite spot, outside the garden gate. Tallulah adores tomatoes, and spends her summers keeping vigil just outside the garden, in hopes of getting a tomato hand-out.
I usually give her one.
This very short video shows the ritual of the first tomato. Mr. Pippin also has a brief cameo role.
You’ll have surely noted that I dressed up for the video – that is my best gardening outfit.
I love summer tomatoes and sharing them with my friends, including our dear Tallulah (whose nickname is Tomato Boo)
Now the Giveaway
A few weeks ago, I attended TECHMunch in Austin, a SXSW event for food bloggers. I met some great people, professional food writers and food enthusiasts, and got some cool gifts including a wonderful gardening book, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces.
Grow Great Grub includes planting information, pest control and even delicious recipes for your garden harvest. Its a beautiful book with some great gardening and cooking ideas.
In celebration of the first tomato of the season, I am giving this book away to one of my blog readers (US addresses only). All you have to do is leave a comment below and answer this question:
What’s your favorite garden vegetable?
Be sure to input your email address when you leave your comment – the comment box will offer that as an option.
You can comment as many times as you like, but the contest closes at midnight April 29th. I’ll pick the winner at random and notify them by email on Friday the 30th. You’ll have 5 days to get back to me with your mailing address or I’ll give the book to the next person on the list. Enough rules & regs -
What’s your favorite garden vegetable? Leave a comment below and I hope you win!
Happy First Tomato day!
Cynthia & Tallulah
Cynthia McKenna is a psychotherapist in private practice. She helps clients heal anxiety and depression and find peace through living healthier lives. You can learn more about her work here.