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Week of July 24, 2018

Homegrown tomatoes are so much better than those grown in greenhouses or picked green and shipped to grocery stores. But if you don’t pick them at their peak, the taste may be disappointing. If allowing to vine ripen, the color should be a deep rich color (according to the variety) and the outside will give a little when touched (not too soft or not too hard). Cut your tomato from the vine to avoid damaging the plant and the fruit. Handle the tomatoes with care, they bruise easily. If picked at the breaker stage (at least some pink showing) you can store at 50-85°F on the counter until fully in color. Store it with the stem side up. Do not refrigerate, this can affect the flavor and texture of the tomato, also do not leave in a sunny window.