I need to stop scheduling my vacations in early summer. In my area, that's when things ripen or need the most attention.
Pretty much all of my tomatoes decided to ripen a few days before I left, so I made marinara. You can freeze the leftovers for later if you don't want to can them. The sweetness of the Bradleys brought a wonderful depth to the sauce. The older vines on the beefsteak died as their fruit ripened, so I cut the whole thing back to allow new growth. The smaller sprouts below are already producing.
cucumber sandwiches with produce from my garden.
Seeing them just getting started for the year makes me happy that I have plants producing year-round. Especially the tomatoes. It's only a long weekend, but I feel like I'm missing whatever magic is happening in my small garden.