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The season’s first Beefsteak tomato

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

There is something relaxing about activities that don’t require a lot of thought and concentration, where the mind can meander freely. For instance gardening. So recently, while I was pulling some weeds, it occurred to me that, maybe, this might just be the first bunch of beefsteak tomatoes growing in a vegetable garden in Austria. I first got acquainted with these beauties my first summer in New Jersey. They glowed from roadside farm stands where I used to buy them by the bushel to take home where we feasted on them. You’d bite into them and could still taste the sunshine that made them grow big and red and luscious. And so, after leaving New Jersey behind, these beautiful tomatoes also remained just a fond memory. Until I found a packet of seeds while on a trip to the U.S. last winter. And finally, after fussing about the small plants, hoping that nothing untoward would happen to them outside, that nobody would decide to take a bite out of any one of them,  the very first beefsteak tomato is ready to enjoy. And isn’t it a beauty!