The Cereal City Real Estate Connection: Tomato picking time in Michigan

Tomato picking time in Michigan

With the crisp autumn chill in the air, nothing feels like fall to me more than Tomato picking time in Michigan.  I usually get my tomato plants in the ground on Memorial Day weekend and by late June or Tomato Picking Time in Michiganearly July, I can start picking tomatoes daily. 

My wife's favorite tomato is the Roma variety, and this year I indulged her and planted about a dozen of these plants along the side of our house.  It was the first time I had grown tomatoes in that location, having previously grown other plants, mostly peppers and herbs.  I was not sure if they would do well there, because I read in books that pepper plants take a lot of the similar nutrients from the soil as tomatoes, but I thought I would give it a try anyways.  

It turned out to be quite successful, as you can see from my photos.  I have grown other species of tomatoes as well this year, mostly early girls, and better boys, and a few other heirloom varieties.  I also grew my traditional jalapeno peppers, chili peppers, sweet peppers, banana peppers and habanero peppers, so you might see some of these in the photos as well.Tomato Picking Time in Michigan

Mostly, I enjoy Tomato picking time in Michigan, especially in the morning in September and October when you Tomato Picking Time in Michigango outside and there is a crisp chill in the air.  I know it won't last much longer, and one morning I will have to pick everything in sight, green or not, before the first frost. 

However, right now I enjoy bringing my wife a ripe Roma tomato in the morning, and seeing it cooked in our meals at dinner time.  It seems like every day she finds a new recipe for her favorite tomato. 

We also make salsa, and give them away to friends.  Fresh tomatoes are hard not to share during tomato picking time in Michigan. Keeping busy as a Realtor, I do not get to do as much gardening as I would like, but tomatoes are fun and easy as most everyone knows.

I also grew a few tomatoes in my greenhouse this year, along with culinary herbs.  I have found my outdoor tomatoes do just as well, however, in the greenhouse I can usually extend the season another few weeks beyond the first frost. 

Tomato Picking Time in Michigan

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Comment balloon 7 commentsMichael Delaware • September 26 2010 12:06PM


Looks like a good harvest this year for you.  I plant only heirlooms.  That makes each season an adventure, and this year was an adventure in poor results.  Heirlooms are less disease resistant, and tomatoes almost all did poorly this year.  Top it off with a torrential rain a few days ago, the creek overflowing its banks and now flowing through the garden, and our season is over.

If you want to try an interesting heirloom and like romas, you may want to try one called Italian Heirloom.  It has the texture of a paste tomato like roma, but it tends to run about a pound in size.  My first tomato choice is brandywine which is ugly, not a lot of fruit per plant, and the best I've ever tasted.

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. over 4 years ago

Michael....It looks like you have a very green thumb!  Wonderful looking tomatoes.

Posted by Carra Riley (Realty ONE Group Premier Colorado ) over 4 years ago

Mmmm....nice!    Great quote, too.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 4 years ago

Mike, I have always has a challenge with heirlooms too.  That is why I don't do as many as I used to.  I did have great success one year with a variety of white tomatoes that were heirloom.  They made sweet salsa, but unfortunately they did not produce as much as the hybrids.

Thanks for all your comments everyone! 

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS (Troxel Realty Co. LLC) over 4 years ago

I love roma tomatoes. We didn't have them in Texas, but since I moved to San Diego in April 1993, I don't buy any other tomatoes. It also helps that they are less expensive than all the other kinds.

Posted by Not a real person over 4 years ago

Romas are the best for sauces too.  They don't have all that juice, and has more usable pulp.  My wife says it is the preferred tomato with Italian cooking for the sauces, etc.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS (Troxel Realty Co. LLC) over 4 years ago

I love fresh grown tomotoes. My neighbor has a topsy turvy to grow her tomatoes. I think it's cute, but there is nothing like tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Posted by Grace Culver, Advertising (Michigan Homes Network - home advertising and search ) over 4 years ago