You are invited to a final planning
meeting on Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30 until
8:00 pm. at the Green Institute conference room for Greenspace Partners
Annual Green Tomato Festival.
You've received several emails over
the past few weeks on this event and you're invited to the last planning meeting
as well. If you can't make that, we hope you'll at least be able to make the
festival itself, which will be held on Thursday, October 21st at 6:00 p.m. at
St. Paul's Church at 2742 15th Avenue South in South
If you haven't pulled in your green
tomatoes, what follows is a reminder about how to do that. I found when checking
my garden yesterday, that even after the first light frost, there were still
more tomatoes growing after last weekend's warm weather and that not all the
plant had wilted yet. I think fall is truly upon us now, so if you haven't
already done so, you might want to bring in the tomatoes (and other cold
sensitive plants tonight).
Here's the suggested guidelines from a few weeks back:
It seems that, for most of us, tomatoes ripened late this year. And so plenty
of us find ourselves with boatloads of green tomatoes on the vine with
decreasing hopes for ever seeing them ripen. But the crop need not go to waste.
As long as you pick your tomatoes before they freeze, they will remain quite
In our region, the average first frost occurs approximately October 15. When
you hear talk of the first frost, be sure to get outside and pick your green
tomatoes. Store the green tomatoes in bags or boxes, laying them in single
layers separated by newspaper. Sort through your tomatoes about once a week to
throw out what's rotten.
Another option is to pull the entire vine out of the ground and hang it
upside-down in your garage or basement. Once Corrie actually decorated his
dining room with upside-down tomato vines and picked ripe tomatoes to serve at
Thanksgiving dinner. Covering your tomato vines will protect them from a light
frost. Sheets, blankets, tarps, plastic, or anything else will do. Do not
bother to pick your tomatoes after a hard frost that wilts the leaves. If you
really want to pick them, then cook them immediately. They will rot quickly in