Does this qualify as a ripe tomato? If it does, I think the vegetable gardeners at Purdyville have beat out Carol of May Dreams Gardens for the first tomato. My 23-year-old daughter started the seeds indoors and potted the seedlings on until they were in gallon size pots, maybe larger. Then my husband planted them out in the garden sometime after June 3rd and has been tending them. He brought this one in last night.
In all fairness I must concede that he had to harvest it because it had a crack on the bottom:
We have no problem cutting out the crack and eating the rest, especially when it’s the very first one, but does this disqualify it as a first tomato? I demand a jury of my peers, my fellow garden bloggers. Let the people speak!
This is a Pruden’s Purple. Not sure why it is called purple, when it is described as yielding pink fruit. Three weeks earlier than Brandywine pink fruit.
I just think it’s kind of sad that she lives in such a supposedly wonderful climate, and she can’t harvest a tomato sooner than we do in a colder climate, where we can’t even plant our tomatoes in the ground until June for fear of frost.