…has grown. (Oops.)
A couple of weeks ago, the school improvement supervisor for Annie and Ellie’s future elementary school asked if we knew of any local farmers who would be interested in donating some tomato plants for our school’s new vegetable garden.
Excited about the fact that the girls will someday have a homegrown salad bar at school (!!!), I offered to do anything I could to help. After mentioning the need to some of my favorite farmer friends, I was connected to a really cool guy named Greg. Greg is a mechanical engineer/farmer. (I told you he was cool.)
Long story short, Greg designs custom greenhouses and owns a company called City Bitty Farms. Earlier this spring, to test the functionality of his designs, and because he loves helping out local urban farmers, he planted 764 tomato plants. When we first chatted on the phone, he told me there were still plenty of leftover seedlings, and that he would be more than happy to donate some of them to our school. This got me super excited and I immediately made plans to visit the farm.
When I walked into the greenhouse at City Bitty Farm, I was blown away by the diversity of organic heirloom tomato plants being grown.
Then, something started to stir inside me.
It was bad.
And I caved.
I returned home with an extra 15 tomato plants that I promised Greg we would plant, nurture, and sing to in our very own backyard. (Yes, I said 15. Darren has officially banned me from ever taking the girls to an animal shelter without him.)
Fast forward two weeks, and I am both excited and relieved to announce that we have finally created a home, planted, and built cages for all of our tomato plants!
(I need to take a quick minute to brag on my hubby. Not only did he allow me to keep all of the precious tomato plants I came home with, he also built a beautiful cage for every one of them to grow in. He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me.)
So, if you are wondering what we plan to do with the 250 pounds of tomatoes we’ve been told these plants will yield…
We are too. I will keep you posted.
Hungry for more?!? Here are some of my favorite recipes that use tomatoes….