Is there anything better than a sandwich with a thick slice of tomato straight off the vine, I think not. Add applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and a smear of mayonnaise and you have a spectacular sandwich. At least that is what my husband kept saying as juice from the tomato was dripping on to the plate while eating this BLT.
Starting tomato plants from seed when there is snow on the ground in New Hampshire makes the anticipation of the first BLT all the greater. The seeds were germinated on a tray across my bathtub which was in front of a warm, sunny window. They were then placed in our potting shed where they were nurtured until the danger of frost was over.
Planted at the end of May at our cottage in Maine, the plants are now towering above their tomato cages and stakes at seven feet tall.
The plants have a good amount of green tomatoes considering all the rain and cool weather at the beginning of the growing season. Each year you never know what kind of crop to expect.
The Cherokee Purples were the first of the heirlooms to ripen this year and went into the delicious BLT sandwiches which my husband and I enjoyed. Their deep red, almost purple color lived up to their name. The taste was outstanding…a true rich flavor and very juicy.
The Sungold and Black Cherry tomatoes are giving us a few ripe tomatoes each day.
The tomatoes are ripening earlier this year. I think this is a result of starting from seed, growing them in the potting shed and having larger plants to put in the ground.
Hopefully we will have a nice crop of tomatoes. I’m already looking forward to my next tomato sandwich. Any suggestions of how it should be prepared?