Feast or Famine? Normally we have tomatoes coming out of our ears by now. By this time of year I am usually canning tomatoes and salsa weekly. Not this year!!
This is what my porch rail looked like this time last year. With tomatoes lined up waiting for the canning pot.
I have beautiful green vines but few tomatoes.
And what few large tomatoes I have are not ripening but are rather splitting.
Once they split then they rot.
I could just scream......
Or maybe cry : (
Just look at my tomatoes.
And why might you ask. Well the weather is the culprit. First we had a cool spring and early summer. Tomato blossoms will not easily set with nightime temps below 50 or above 70. Ideal Daytime temps are 70 - 85. Our temps were way too cool so the blossoms didn't set. They fell off. Then the temperatures turned in the 90's and triple digits which did not help the problem any. Then on top of that last week alone we got 5 and a half inches of rain. Thus the fruit that did set cracked because of too much water.
Below is why....
Luckily I still have jars of tomatoes and salsa and okra and tomatoes from last year. So I will just have to use them sparingly or buy it. Now you see why when I have a bumper crop I can it!! If I am lucky I have enough for 2 years. Hopefully a crop won't fail for 2 years in a row. This year has been a bad year for tomatoes and cucumbers. Both were bumper crops last year. But this year was the year for lots of fruit. Thus we had lots of blackberries and peaches, plums and apples also.
Tomatoes are going at the farmers market for over $2.50 a lb.
Wonder what next year will bring?
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter