tomatoes

Roma tomatoes fresh from the garden
Roma tomatoes fresh from the garden

Tomatoes contain our entire summer, from the earliest days, still cool, still fearing frost; through heat, and fears of too much rain, or not enough; through storms and hail and advancing weeds.

They grew in our own backyard, sharing our lives, breathing the same air, basking in the same warmth and light. A part of our lives is in them, in their red glow, their juicy flesh, in the seeds we save for seasons yet to come.

We can savor the summer later in tomato sauces – a comfort in winter, to be sure – but nothing’s better than tasting it now, deeply, before it’s gone.