Week of July 19, 2017

Cut your tomato from the vine to avoid damaging the plant and the fruit. Handle the tomatoes with care, they bruise easily. If the tomato is at the full firm-ripe stage you can store at 44-50°F for 3-5 days, or for about a day on the counter. Store it with the stem side up. Do not refrigerate, this can effect the flavor and texture of the tomato. If tomatoes are picked before they are fully ripe, leave on the counter to ripen but do not place them in a sunny window.