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I don’t know about you, but now’s about the time when I get a major hankering for tomatoes. I’ve held out most of the winter and spring, but now that we’ve had flashes of warm weather I’m craving the tang of those ripe fruits.
The problem, of course, is that my desires aren’t exactly lining up with nature. As with so much produce, I much prefer in-season, local tomatoes over the from-far-away ones I’m seeing in grocery stores now. But even those from nearby that are just starting to show up in farmers markets are the hothouse variety and not nearly as flavorful as those we’ll see in July, August and beyond. The little tomato plants in my garden, meanwhile, were finally starting to make some progress before we got a few days of cold rain, which seemed to make them cower.