Those were some of the comments we heard at market today at East York (Toronto) Civic Centre. Obviously the praise is easy to accept & enjoy. The other kind of comments are a little more difficult to hear.
We take our tomatoes seriously here at Thiessen Farms.
Since the first seeds were so hopefully planted way back in February, our tomatoes have received daily attention & nurturing...
-hauling warm water from the house so the tender seedlings will not be shocked with a cold shower and set back.
-careful mixing of fish fertilizer for proper nutrition & chamomile tea for fungal protection.
-a final check on a cold winter's night to make sure the heating cables are working & warm.
-venting the plastic on a sunny, winter day so the plants don't fry.
-closing the plastic as the clouds gather and the temperature drops.
-doing it all again & again each day.
-moving young tomato plants outside on trailers to harden off on warm spring days, then moving them into the barn for night.
-preparing the soil for transplanting and picking an overcast day to finally plant them outside.
-watching for disease & insects, weeding, cultivating, mulching, staking, tying...
and now... finally... harvesting!!
And what a harvest it is. The crop is generous and the fruit is ripening like gangbusters.
Our display at market is large and colourful - and sales are good!