I Live In Tomatoland

Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland on itunes

It isn’t every day an article or book can change your lifestyle.  Of course for me it takes additional weeks during my prime growing season to get through an entire book because I’m more of a visual person who would rather be out taking photos or some where with my hands in the soil.   After being sent a publication by Barry Estabrook those tomato volunteers that were popping up in the middle of the  isle in the traditional veggie garden bed in my Ohio garden became more then just a question of should I ‘compost it?’.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have fetish with seeds so being the administrator to an event afflicted to #gardenchat called #supersowsunday will come to you as no surprise.  Seeds are like shoes to a fashion fanatic to this city girl who finds herself in the middle of  ‘tomatoland’.     Not only am I effectuated by the art on the packaging but the creative ways companies and gardeners chose to preserve them.  It was no surprise this late spring when it came time to transplant all those seed starters from my 10′x12′ greenhouse out into the soil that I had enough for my entire county!  As the season rolled on and most of those little seed starters were off to a strong growing start in my veggie garden areas I noticed a few volunteer tomato plants in various sections of the veggie garden and in my raised beds.   After reading Tomatoland by Berry Estabrook there is no way I could compost most of those volunteers.  Growing my own tomatoes from heirloom seeds has became even more of a lifestyle for me rather then just a hobby.  If you want good tasting vitamin packed tomatoe its even more important to grow your own.

On My Desk Today : shared on Twitter

I want to share with you my thoughts on the opinions and facts that were shared in this book because it not only effected my way of thinking as a year-round grower it inspired me in more ways to grow my own food and preserve it for during the months I can’t grow my own.    I’m sure you have come across someone at some point in your life that couldn’t stand the taste of a tomato.   Either it was the texture or the various flavors.  My opinion on that had always been that the person who didn’t like a tomato just didn’t have it prepared properly. Now ask yourself where does most of America buy their tomatoes?  In my neck of the woods if it isn’t summer time most of the tomatoes are purchased in grocery stores carrying hot house tomatoes.   In this book you will learn why the tomatoes we purchase at the supermarket are not ‘really’ tomatoes.   They contain less vitamin C, thiamine, niacin and calcium and have way more sodium as its 1960′s counterpart.

These are my 4th of July tomatoes by Burpee Home Garden

This book covers everything starting from the roots, chemical warfare, slavery, cost factors and a plan to help get the tomato back to a good tasting supermarket tomato.   All though I may not be a big fan of enjoying a good book during the summer months when I would rather be out growing this book is on my MUST READ for everyone who enjoys to eat.   Take responsibility for what is being put on your table starting with the tomato.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys to eat!  It is a fact filled book that will get you thinking about how gardening and buying local will effect your lifestyle.    Thanks for taking the time to check this entry out and I hope you will leave your 2 cents on the comments section below!


Bren Haas

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4 thoughts on “I Live In Tomatoland

  1. Wonderful share about tomatoes and why it’s best to buy them local and or grow your own <|;-) fresh food is always best and you have it growing on!

  2. Margery A Smalley Galloway says:

    I have happened on your article while exploring notes on FB. I didn’t know about them. It is good that a book had such a profound effect on your life. I would say that I had missed that effect on my life, I am now 68 yrs and not able to walk well now, and the gardening I loved to do I cannot do much anymore. I know that I can buy a growbag and plant a tomato plant in it, or even a hanging basket. I have always loved flowers with a passion. The book/books influencing me now are Watercolour Painting books. I have just come to realise that after buying these books and studying them without producing results, now should be the time to put that into practice. So your article has given me the push to do just that. I don’t know where it will lead. Would it lead to selling paintings? or be just something to be satisfied with? I have done some painting and scetching every day this week. I should continue…….and in your honour plant a tomato plant next season and look forward to that taste……All
    best wishes, Marge :-))

  3. So jealous… You know something strange… one of my favorite smells in the world is the tomato vine. As a kid, I picked them with my grandfather, and now anything I’m around a plant, I am taken back to those simple days on his farm in Wisconsin.

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