The Boyfriend and the Tomato

I like watching the Boyfriend while he’s eating…

Especially when he’s eating a homegrown ‘mater!

Purple Cherokee Tomato

Heirloom: Purple Cherokee Tomato

This handsome fella was grown in the Pacific Street Brooklyn Bear’s Community Garden this current growing season.  He started out green and finished purple just like the good heirloom he is.

How green was my tomato...

How green was my tomato…

Growing your own food is the ultimate DIY.  How intimate you get with Mother Earth as you dig deep into her rich black dirt.

A tomato in his flower is worth a hundred coat of arms...

A tomato in her flower is worth a hundred coat of arms…

This Cherokee tomato is a symbol of my gardening roots and sensibilities.  This urge deep inside me that compels me to grow things.  Mostly things to eat––lettuce, chard, cucumbers… and my favorite flower of all time, zinnias.

Cut to the chase

Cut to the chase

This Cherokee tomato symbolizes my commitment to create and sustain life.  This perfect life in the form of a tomato sustained by months of sun, water, and earth.  And not to mention my hope that nothing will befall this beautiful creature before its time.

One heirloom tomato makes a meal for two

One heirloom tomato = a meal for two  (as long as there’s ribs)

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,

What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes

Only two things that money can’t buy

That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes

        ––Guy Clark, “Homegrown Tomatoes”

Related posts:

Do Koreans Cook with Tomatoes?

The Constant Korean Gardener


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