Volunteer Tomatoes

In prior years, we have had an extensive garden beside the house.  In Hawaii a few years ago, the vacation neighbors in the house next door taught us about Google Earth and you could see our garden boxes… and my composter… from space!?

Last year we had planted several varieties of tomatoes; Romas, Golden Boys, and our favorites, Juliets.  The Juliets are shaped like Romas, but smaller and have a richer flavor (IMHO).

A month or so ago, I had noticed a few volunteers down by our strawberry patch, where my husband had planted a few  pepper plants and two or three of the Juliets last year. (While we like gardening, we aren’t always the best at Fall cleanup.)

A couple of weeks ago, my husband reminded me that we may have some tomatoes down there  – it is a spot not clearly visible from the house or main yard….So, Sunday, after I finally got around to dead heading the roses, I wandered over the check out the tomato patch.  HOLY MOLY!  Since there were no tomato cages, the plants  has fallen flat on the ground and as I walked over, I couldn’t see any tomatoes at all.  But lift up a stalk and underneath, the plants were loaded with small red fruits that fell off the plant at the slightest bump.  AND, they hadn’t been nibbled on by bugs, or birds or anything.  I don’t know how that didn’t happen, but I take my blessings where they come…

I sent my daughter down Monday to harvest all the red tomatoes (which means I probably need to go back tomorrow to get the rest) and tonight I used them for dinner.  I tossed all the tomatoes in olive oil, with chopped garlic and chopped Swiss Chard ( from my CSA box this week!).  After roasting this mixture in the oven until the tomatoes started to pop, I tossed it with cooked Bugatelli (hollow spaghetti-like tubes) and topped with shaved parmesan.

Bugatelli with roasted Juliets and chard

I may have mentioned before that the children LOVE pasta, so all I had left were a few roasted tomatoes (which the 14 year old has decided he can’t stand).

Now,  I am trying to figure out how I can work those into another meal in the next day or so.  : )

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About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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7 Responses to Volunteer Tomatoes

  1. SuddenlySusan says:

    I love those “freebies”!

    Our neighbors planted far too many tomato plants and we are reaping the benefits. I love adding cherry tomatoes to pasta salads. It’s potluck season so EVERYTHING will be centered around the tomatoes this time of year. They make great garnish for a plate of deviled eggs, and who doesn’t love deviled eggs?

    • csamom says:

      My daughter and I made deviled eggs for the first time earlier this summer. We enjoyed them, but then she went away and I had to eat the rest by myself……The story of my life this summer…. Why did everyone else get to have more fun than me? Oh, yeah….. my job….. : /

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