Boise, August 26, 2013. Our average frost date is October 6. That leaves us with 41 days left for the tomatoes to ripen! Will they make it? Last week I finally was able to pick several tomatoes off the vines. Enough to eat in salads, not enough to think about making tomato sauce- not by any stretch. But now, the San Marzano tomatoes are really starting to change color from dark green to something almost pink. According to my “tomato meter” I have about 20+ days before many of these romas will be ripe enough. So, I will get some tomatoes to process into sauce after all!
If you want to see how long your tomatoes have to be on the vine, check out the website in last week’s post. It has pictures and shows the day to day progression of the tomato from bud to ripe red.

Roma tomatoes

Roma tomatoes

San Marzano

San Marzano