The Tomato Watch is On …

The tomato watch is on up here at the Dimond Hill Farm. Tomato plants that were greenhouse germinated in late February, and transplanted to the tunnels in April, now are bursting with beguilingly green globes of gratifying goodness just waiting for the right combination of sunlight and temperature that will stimulate the kind of rich, rosie-red ripeness that has my mouth watering just thinking about it.

But all alliteration aside, it’s been a loooong time between farm fresh tomatoes, and Jane predicts that we are just one sunny and warm spell away from some good eating. In an attempt to hedge her bets, Jane has been doing her tomato dance lately … a kind of combination between the wedding standard Chicken Dance and a mild epileptic seizure, … with Buddhist overtones.

Early each morning, as she opens the tunnels and inspects their contents, Jane breaks into this rhythmic kind of breathy chant, so low at first that you’re not sure whether she’s muttering to herself, her stomach is rumbling or if she’s just passing gas. As the chanting builds you can make out the words “tomatoes” and “ripen,” and a couple others that kinda remind me of the time my dad got his fingers pinched in the pump jack. Then with a sudden flourish she whips her arms out to the side before wheeling them in the general direction of the tomato plants, both urging (or maybe threatening) them to make every effort to fulfill their delicious destinies, and imploring the the fates of nature and good eatin’ to help move the ripening process along. It all ends as suddenly as it starts with a grunt, a shake of her head and a hopeful comment that “it won’t be long now.”

And I have to believe she knows what she’s talking about. After all, Jane’s been growing some of the region’s best tomatoes (a natural sense of modesty prevents me from claiming that they are New England’s best) for more than a few years now, and her results have been eagerly consumed by hundreds of customers, some of whom travel a distance just to buy them.

So stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for tomato updates and announcements.

In the meantime, come on by the farm stand and pick up some fresh strawberries, early season vegetables and greens, artisan meats and cheeses, ice cream, sauces, sodas and more. And if you have the time and inclination, stop by the tomato tunnels and do you’re own version of the tomato dance … after all, it couldn’t hurt, and the effort just might get us to harvest that much quicker.

Well, nuff said …


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