A couple of days ago, I took this picture of my first ripening tomato. A lovely looking striped hybrid called Red Lightening that I am trying for the first time this year.
Today, I wanted to check on how completely the color was on the fruit and to see how firmly it was still attached to the vine. You know, in case it wanted to drop into my hand for eating!
Rotten tomato... definitely a boy!
Unfortunately, as I checked it's underside (to see if it was a boy tomato or a girl one,) there was an enormous spot of blossom end rot! Arg! It was promptly snipped from the vine, so it wouldn't spread it's rottenness to the other innocent tomatoes and I pitched it into the woods with my best girly throw.
Miss Sassy took off after the tomato as if it was a shiny red ball, retrieved it, and then promptly ate it on the lawn. Sorry, no pictures of my garbage disposing dog! But she was kind of like Nick was last year with his frozen watermelon!
After the tomato-eater and her consort were back in the house, I went out to see what wild blackberries were ready to be plucked. I came back an hour later with this many:
About a quart of fresh blackberries.
which I took down to the farmer's market and sold for $2.00 for the quart. Yep. I'm a farmer, and I make $2.00 an hour being assaulted by vicious blackberry plants and dive-bombed by flying, buzzing insects!
But I also pulled some wild garlic plants, which had already bloomed (this is how I knew they were garlic... duh!) so I'm not sure how good the bulbs will be. They are on the porch drying and trying to keep from being eaten by the garbage disposal dog!
Oh! And I just now harvested my first spaghetti squash! I micro-cooked it and added butter, garlic and parmesan...yum!
Little, but it's so tasty!
So, I am a happy, underpaid farmer/forager with a veggie-eating canine companion! Life is good!