End of tomato season


Stink bugs (or are they Blister beetles?) lay waste to the last of the garden tomatoes, which were not abundant this year, though tastier than normal. The Valley just doesn’t have enough day/night temperature change or moisture/sun ratio or whatever it is that creates that flavor pop you get nearer the ocean or at higher elevations.  My parents live at the 3,000 ft elevation in the Coast Range of Northern California and grow tomatoes as flavorful as sun-drieds when picked fresh off the vine and seem to last for weeks to boot.  Every one a little crack pipe for the taste buds.